How many of us remember sitting in front of the television on Saturday, listening to American Bandstand? Was that the first time you saw the Jackson Five? Was that the first time you heard about the Twist or the Watusi? Remember wanting to find out what were the top ten of the week? He practically coined or invented the term teenager.
Gramps, who sat and watched Bandstand. We danced and tried to imitate all the moves of our favorites. You are correct that Dick Clark will be grealy missed. My daughter said they will have to cancel New Years' Eve. But I first saw the Jackson Five on Ed Sullivan. Ed was always the first with new talent, including the Beatles and Elvis.
I remember Bandstand, of course...it was on for years and years. When they were still in Philly, my two older sisters got so excited just driving through on our way to the East Coast! I was about 6-11 yrs old when they were in HS and they used to make me dance with them. My dad complained that they and their friends were making the walls separate from the ceiling with all their dancing. But, there was also a local show in Chicago called "Record Hop" and they went to Chicago a lot to dance on that show. They were pretty good. I was not. I can remember watching the Jackson 5 on both Bandstand and Ed Sullivan. Truly, Dick Clark was a smart man, moving with the times. And now "Rock 'n' Roll Heaven" has a good emcee.
I think she means the song of the same name by the Righteous Brothers..."If you believe in forever/then life is just a one night stand/If there's a rock'n'roll heaven/then you know they've got a hell of a band!"
For a creepier take, Stephen King wrote a story called "You Know They've Got a Hell of a Band." It's in one of his collections.
Shar, I remember first hearing that song in the early 70's...but the DJ didn't tell the name of the song, or who sang it! It wasn't until the 80's that I found out the info...during a commercial for a Righteous Brothers collection (one of those Sessions or K-Tel releases). You remember those ads? You could pay by check, money order, or COD for an extra charge! Operators are standing by...ah, those were the days...
I loved the Righteous Brothers. Such beautiful harmony. And I was really fond of the Kingston Trio. I miss that kind of music today. Somehow rap and hip hop just doesn't cut it for me. Not having grown up in the era of some of the greatest musical groups ever.
Matt Lauer from the Today Show also admits he learned to dance from American Band Stand.
I don't know. At the time it was considered unseemly to have boys dancing together. We learned to dance in school though. That was our Friday PE in Junior High. Many times the music list came from American Bandstand the week before, though.
Here is a list of acts that appeared on American Bandstand: