American Bandstand (dance party, hosted by Dick Clark)

    (ABC Weekday afternoons,  1957 - 1963;
     ABC Saturday afternoons, 1963 - 1987;
     Syndicated, 1987 - 1988)

    [Started as a local Philadelphia TV show in 1952 hosted by Bob Horn,
     who co-wrote "Bandstand Boogie" (Theme 2). Dick Clark took over
     the show in 1956, and it went on the ABC network the next year,
     the first network show to feature dreaded "Rock-and-Roll" music.

     And ambitious host Clark even commuted to New York City on 
     weekends for two years to host "The Dick Clark Saturday Night 
     Beechnut Show" (which see) when his star began to rise.]

Local Theme 1 (1952 - 1954): "Leap Frog"

    [theme credit via KPOP radio, San Diego; from disk jockey 
     Jerry G. Bishop. This was also the former THEME song of the
     Les Brown big band...]

     Composers: Leo Corday (ASCAP), and
                Joseph C. Garland (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: MCA, Inc. (ASCAP)
     1999 Publisher: Universal-MCA Music Publishing (ASCAP),
                     a div. of Universal Studios, Inc.
                     of Los Angeles, CA
     Original Copyright Date: 1941

Theme 2 (1954 - 1969; and 1974 - 1988): "Bandstand Boogie"

    [Albertine was the main arranger for Les and Larry Elgart,
     whose Big Band had recorded this boogie as a single in 1954
     three years before the TV series went network; collaborator
     Bob Horn was the TV show's original local host prior to
     Dick Clark, so perhaps THEME credit was a perk of using
     the piece for the TV show;

     David R. Jackson writes that when this THEME returned in
     1974, it was in an arrangement featuring an electronic
     synthesizer which was used until 1977; thereafter the
     Barry Manilow vocal version was used until 1987...]

     Composers: music by Charles ("Charlie") Albertine (BMI),
                Les Elgart (BMI),
                Larry Elgart (BMI), and
                Bob Horn (ASCAP),
                with lyrics added by Bruce Howard Sussman (BMI)
                and lyrics added by Barry Manilow (BMI)
                   [pseudonym of Barry Alan Pincus]

     1978 Publishers: [unknown at this time]
     1999 Publishers: Cherio Corporation (BMI),
                         of New York, NY

     Instrumental Copyright Date: July 13, 1954; Eu 364 278.
     Instrumental Renewal   Date: Jan.  7, 1982; RE-118-021.

Theme 3 (1969 - 1974): "Bandstand Theme"

    [David R. Jackson wrote us remind us of this THEME, which
     was used for awhile before the Albertine "Bandstand Boogie"
     THEME returned in a newer arrangement]

     Composers: Michael Charles ("Mike") Curb (BMI),
                Jerry Howard Styner (BMI)

     1978 Publishers: [unknown at this time]
     2001 Publishers: [listed without publisher in the BMI database,
                       but was probably commissioned as a "work for 
                       hire" by Dick Clark Productions, Inc.]

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:


Closing Theme 4 (1986 - 1987): "Bandstand Closing Theme '86"

    [David R. Jackson writes that this was used as
     a CLOSING THEME only -- for just one season]

     Composers: David Eugene Russo (BMI)

     1978 Publishers: [unknown at this time]

     2001 Publishers: Dick Clark Productions, Inc. (BMI)
                         c/o Copyright Management International
                         of Nashville, TN

     Copyright Date:


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