Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

American Bandstand

American Bandstand, 1957

Photograph of Dick Clark surrounded by young women

Dick Clark surrounded by Philadelphia youngsters in 1957. (Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries)

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Dick Clark became host of the locally-produced Bandstand in 1956, just before the show was renamed American Bandstand, shortened to ninety minutes, and expanded to a national ABC audience on August 5, 1957.

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