Stars Line Up For 'Bandstand' 50th Anniversary
Michael Jackson and Cher are among the stars who will perform for an upcoming television special to toast the 50th anniversary of "American Bandstand." Hosted by perennial teenager Dick Clark, the MayMichael Jackson and Cher are among the stars who will perform for an upcoming television special to toast the 50th anniversary of "American Bandstand." Hosted by perennial teenager Dick Clark, the May 3 broadcast on ABC will also feature performances by Alanis Morissette, Kiss, Stevie Wonder, and others yet to be announced.
The whole of "American Bandstand's 50th ... A Celebration!" will be taped over the course of three days, according to a spokesperson for dick clark productions, who tells Billboard.com that at least 10 performances will be a part of the show. In addition, the two-hour special will feature clips from across the storied history of the series.
"Bandstand" was founded in 1952 as a local Philadelphia show, with Clark taking over hosting chores in the year before it broke nationally on Aug. 5, 1957. During its time, the series, which was the recipient of five Emmys, presented more than 10,000 musical performances in more than 6,000 hours of airtime.
According to Clark, "Bandstand" featured too many highlights to list, although there are a few that resonate. "On Nov. 22 in 1957, the musical guests were the unheralded duo, Tom & Jerry," he said in a statement. "They would later record under their real names, Simon & Garfunkel."
Clark also notes that the Beatles' "She Loves You" earned "a so-so rating of 73 on [the 'Bandstand' feature segment] 'Rate a Record,'" and that when Prince appeared on the show in January 1980, he gave Clark his first recorded public interview, something the artist would not do again for more than a decade.
Among the many other artists who appeared on "American Bandstand" over the years are Madonna, Van Morrison, Ike & Tina Turner, the Doors, Gloria Estefan, the Beastie Boys, Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, LL Cool J, Blondie, Janet Jackson, Buddy Holly, and Bon Jovi.