American Bandstand was a music performance show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989, and was hosted from 1956 until its final season by Dick Clark, who also served as producer. The show remained 40 years on air and was regarded as one of the most famous and trendsetting shows of its day. It featured teenagers dancing to Top 40 music introduced by Clark; at least one popular musical act would usually appear in person to lip-sync one of their latest singles. Artists like Prince, Jackson 5, Aerosmith, and Sonny & Cher made their television debut on American Bandstand. Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon holds the record for most appearances at 110.
The show’s popularity helped Dick Clark become an American media mogul and inspired similar long-running music programs. Clark eventually assumed ownership of the program through Dick Clark Productions company. American Bandstand played a big role in highlighting the latest music and dance trends. During an episode on the 30th of May, 1964, a group of eight young men and women appeared on the program to show everyone in the USA their dance moves.
The teenagers were either sixteen or seventeen, but they managed to wow national TV audience nonetheless. They grooved to “(Just Like) Romeo & Juliet” by The Reflections. The hit single was recorded in 1964 by The Reflections, and was composed by Bob Hamilton and Freddie Gorman. The song has been covered by several artists till date.
Check out this dance performance to the song below. Let us know if you enjoyed it or not in the comments section!
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