Granted, Barry Manilow is not exactly a major part of “The Grooveyard” era. However, he did put lyrics to Les Elgart’s “Bandstand Boogie”, the theme song of American Bandstand. Since the original version of Bandstand as a dance show–hosted by Bob Horn until a kid named Dick Clark took over in 1956–premiered on this date in1952, it seems appropriate that we begin our new “Video of the Week” feature with both versions of the show’s theme.
Don’t forget that voting continues on the “Grooveyard Greats” listener surveys. You can choose your favorite songs of 1959 and 1962 once a day. Details, a schedule of all the first-round polls and rules are here. Updates on voting are available via Twitter. And join Alan Seltzer on “The Grooveyard” Thursday nights at 9 PM ET on wcwp.org, or on 88.1 FM in Nassau County.
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