American Bandstand is an iconic audio-visual time capsule encompassing four decades worth of dances, performances, fashions and fads in popular music. The show, hosted by Dick Clark from 1956 to 1989, introduced new musical acts to generations of Americans.
The show went through changes in time slots, locations, lengths and sets, but during Dick Clark’s tenure as host, viewers could always count on Clark’s charming interviews with both audience members and the performing acts. Features like “Rate-a-Record” have contributed to “American Bandstand’s” status as a national treasure.
Performances on the show include some of the most influential musicians of all time with the Jackson 5, The Beach Boys, ABBA, Gloria Gaynor, Cyndi Lauper, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, The Supremes, Gladys Knight, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Prince being only a few of the many legends who performed on the iconic show.