July 6, 2010We’re Goin’ Hoppin’
By Sablemable aka Jan
Whenever teenagers ( like me) in the mid to late Sixties wanted to learn how to do the Cool Jerk and the Watusi, we watched shows like Hullabaloo,
and Where The Action Is.
But the best teen program to watch and learn the latest dance steps was American Bandstand.
A-B began as a local program in Philadelphia, broadcast from the WFIL-TV station downtown. Dick Clark, America’s oldest teenager, took command of the program in 1956 and in the mid-Sixties, the show moved to Los Angeles.
In the beginning
From lanolin to the dry look two decades later.
Where it all started: the WFIL-TV station in Philadelphia.
The kids danced and we copied them.
There was always the American Bandstand Top 10,
And the Rate-A-Record (I’ll give it a 75; it’s got a good beat and it’s easy to dance to).
From Chuck Berry to Madonna, to the Spotlight Dance and Dance Contests, we listened to the music and tried our best to dance to the beat. Those were great times!
What do you remember about American Bandstand and other teen shows?