I easily took almost two hours away from the bad things in the news this weekend by watching old episodes of American Bandstand. Back in the "old days"I watched every Saturday, was probably my favorite show back then. LOL
Remember "The Top Ten"?
How about "Rate a Record"?
The "Spotlight Dance"?
When you watched every weekend, you got to know the "regulars" by name. I'm pretty sure that little guy below in the tie is Frank, dancing with the cute girl in the plaid skirt. Below him in the white turtleneck in Don, I think. Some of these kids danced for YEARS on the show.
(Jo Ann Orgel danced on the show from 1971 to 1982 I think! Her dance partner was often her brother!)
These are the "california" kids. The show had been moved from Philadelphia (1950s), to the Los Angeles area, in the 1960s.
Notice all the young men in their Hager slacks and SIDEBURNS!? LOL
The kids always looked so nice! Dick Clark did have a dress code where the boys had to wear nice slacks and a tie and the girls had to wear dresses/skirts....the dress codes did relax over the years though.
Some of the boys on the episodes in the 1960s wore silk neckerchief type "ties". Silk scarves instead of the traditional ties---a very "cool" look!
This girl (below) was dressed up in her mini skirt with the attached shiny gold belt/coins, a popular style. She had definitely been to the beauty shop to get that pretty up-do hair-do!
We watched for the music, we watched for the dancing. We watched for the new styles!
We got to see our favorite bands perform and hear all the new songs. There were also alot of fun dance contests, with great prizes like trips, "hi-fi" stereos, and cars.
Kids waited outside in lines to get into the studio to dance. The age limits were 14 to 18 I think. you had to bring a partner with you, but once in....you could dance with whoever you liked.
The Grass Roots performed on this 1969 episode. Fun to see as I play my Grass Roots CDs still today.....happy fun music
|Strange to wonder where life took these kids.The kids dancing on this episode would be Grandmas, Grandpas, some even great grandmas and Great Grandpas today! I wonder how many of these young boys got sent to Vietnam?|
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Does anyone remember transistor radios!?
Who did you dance to back in the care-free days.