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Today in History (1957): American Bandstand premieres on ABC

American Bandstand was one of the longest-running music-oriented shows in TV history. Tons of celebrities guested on the show, from The Beach Boys, BB King and John Travolta to Culture Club, Bon Jovi and even hip-hop artist LL cool J.

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On this same day in 1957, the show American Bandstand made its debut on ABC. The music-oriented show was hosted until its final season in 1989 by the late Dick Clark. It featured teenagers dancing to Top 40 music and at least one famous musical act would usually appear on the show to lip-sync one of their hits. It made Dick Clark practically a household name and paved the way for other song and dance shows such as Soul Train and Top of the Pops.

Here are some early photos from the show…

with the guest artists mentioned earlier…

…and footage of an interview with The Beach Boys from an old telecast:

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