Aired: September 1952-October 1989
One of the longest running music performance shows, “American Bandstand was on the air for an outstanding 31 years, airing 3,000 episodes. The show made its debut on a local Philadelphia TV station, and became a cultural mainstay under the guidance the never-aging host, the late Dick Clark. Clark was instrumental in showcasing countless black artists including The Jackson Five, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, and James Brown.
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