From Wikipedia: The show gave many new music artists their first exposure to national audiences, including Iggy Pop, Madonna, Ike and Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Simon and Garfunkel, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino and Chubby Checker. Jackson 5, Sonny and Cher, Aerosmith, —all of whom made their American TV debuts on the show.[Episodes he hosted were among the first in which blacks and whites performed on the same stage, and likewise among the first in which the live studio audience sat without racial segregation. Singer Paul Anka claimed that Bandstand was responsible for creating a “youth culture”. Due to his perennial youthful appearance and his largely teenaged audience of American Bandstand, Clark was often referred to as “America’s oldest teenager” or “the world’s oldest teenager”
Check out Paul Anka at 28:56 and the Everly Brothers singing Cathy’s Clown at 35:15
From Matthew F. Delmont:
“The program featured a number of singers, signed to local record labels, who sounded very much alike. Bobby Rydell and Charlie Gracie on Cameo-Parkway, Fabian and Frankie Avalon on Chancellor, and Freddie Cannon on Swan all appeared regularly on American Bandstand and had hit records in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In addition to these Philadelphia label stars, Paul Anka (ABC-Paramount), Bobby Darin (Atlantic), and Johnny Tillotson (Cadence) also scored hit records with tame rock and roll songs in a crooning style.[xvii]”
Julie Andrews and Richard Burton from Camelot on the show, 1961.
Barbra Streisand from 1963.
Ella Fitzgerald and Sammy Davis Jr. sing and scat together for the first time on the show (1964)
At the end of the sixties, a fresh performance with Michael stealing the show.
But, hold on, there were many more…..
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