Growing up in the 50’s included this coming of age experience. American Bandstand came out of South Philly. Long before Dick Clark produced many now popular TV shows and hosted Pyramid, he captivated every teen and pre-teen in the late 1950’s. Though I was only about 11 years old, I remember my older sister and our friends turning on the old black & white TV. We all listened, sang along and learn new dances to all the music. We watched fresh faces in the audience swaying to THE songs of the day & they would rate them… nice beat…great lyrics. We saw new dances by the “favorite” local teens. I think as time passed, it was on one night a week too. There’s far more to rock ‘n Roll than Elvis, and Dick Clark showcased all the talent out there. It was life changing and oh so memorable.
Perhaps you can add your memories of American Bandstand & Dick Clark. We’d love to read them. I know I would!