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American Bandstand was a live dance music television show. It premiered locally as Bandstand on Philadelphia television station WFIL on October 7, 1952, and was hosted by Bob Horn. On July 9, 1956, Horn was replaced by Dick Clark. The show was picked up by ABC on August 5, 1957 and aired weekly until 1989.

The show featured real kids dancing to Top 40-type music, often with mimed performances by the artists themselves. In 1963, the show moved to Saturday afternoons, and in 1964 the show was moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. It was hosted by Clark until 1987, when the show went off the air. In 1989, it returned in syndication, and Clark was replaced with a younger host to bring in more viewers. The show ended for good later that year.

Standout performances on American Bandstand include a chaotic 1980 appearance by the (at that time) abrasive art-rock ensemble, Public Image Limited—a fact often suspected of being an urban legend, which is nonetheless confirmed by broadcast videotapes and by Dick Clark himself.

The show is featured prominently in the 2000s TV drama American Dreams.

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Last Airing Jan 01, 1989
Premiere October 7, 1957
Network ABC
Format/Time Black & White / 60 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
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