Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Today in TV History - January 2019

Today is Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Today in
Television History

1975 - "Barney Miller" made its debut on ABC-TV.

1977 - The TV mini-series "Roots," began airing on ABC. The show was based on the Alex Haley novel.

1983 - "The A-Team" debuted on TV.

1985 - The proceedings of the House of Lords were televised for the first time.

1988 - At the Quaker State Open, Bob Benoit won a $100,000 bonus and became the first bowler to win a televised tournament by rolling a perfect 300 game.

1995 - The first episode of "Platypus Man" aired.

2002 - CNN announced that it had hired Connie Chung away from ABC News.


Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 - Connie Francis performed "Who's Sorry Now" on "American Bandstand."

1959 - Little Willie John performed "You're a Sweetheart" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Johnny Mathis performed "What Will Mary Say" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - The Cowsills performed "The Rain, the Park, and Other Things" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - The Go-Go's performed "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got The Beat" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Stevie Woods performed "Just Can't Win 'em All" on "American Bandstand."



Today is Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Today in
Television History

1962 - Gene Chandler made his TV debut on "American Bandstand."

1947 - KTLA, Channel 5, in Hollywood, CA, began operation as the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River.

1968 - "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", debuted on NBC TV.

1973 - Joe Frazier lost the first fight of his professional career to George Foreman. He had been the undefeated heavyweight world champion since February 16, 1970 when he knocked out Jimmy Ellis. The event was HBO's first televised boxing match.

1987 - Phil Donahue became the first talk show host to tape a show from inside the Soviet Union. The shows were shown later in the year.

1990 - Guns 'N' Roses guitarist Slash used profanity numerous times on live television while accepting an American Music Award.

2002 - Pat Summerall announced that he would leave his NFL broadcasting partner, John Madden, after they called the Super Bowl for Fox Sports. The two had worked together for 21 years.

2010 - Conan O'Brien's hosted his last episode of "The Tonight Show."

Today in
American Bandstand History

1962 - Gene Chandler performed "Duke of Earl" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Barbara Lynn performed "Don't Be Cruel" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - Joe Tex performed "A Sweet Young Woman Like You" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - The Hillside Singers performed "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" and "We're Together" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Tommy James performed "Nothing to Hide" and "Tell 'em Willie Boy's a-Comin'" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - The Commodores and Kenny Nolan performed on "American Bandstand." The Commodores peformed "Just to Be Close to You" and "Fancy Dancer." Kenny Nolan performed "My Jole" and "I Like Dreamin'."

1983 - Juice Newton performed "Heart of the Night" and "Queen of Hearts" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Wall of Voodoo performed "Mexican Radio" and "Tomorrow" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Monday, January 21, 2019


Today in
Television History

1957 - Singer Patsy Cline appeared on Arthur Godfrey's nighttime TV show. She performed "Walking After Midnight."

1962 - Jackie Wilson appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

1970 - ABC-TV presented "The Johnny Cash Show" in prime time.

1990 - MTV's "Unplugged" made its debut with Squeeze as the first performers.

1990 - The Perry Mason TV movie "The Case of the Poisened Pen" aired.

2002 - The 100th episode of "Ally McBeal" aired.

2010 - It was announced that Conan O'Brien would be leaving NBC's "Tonight Show."


Today in

American Bandstand History

1958 - Johnny Cash performed "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" on "American Bandstand."

1960 - Frankie Ford performed "Time After Time" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Buffalo Springfield performed "For What It's Worth" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Otis Redding performed "Try a Little Tenderness" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Samantha Sang performed "Emotion" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Bill Withers performed "Lovely Day" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - The Eric Martin Band performed "Sucker for a Pretty Face" and Letting It Out" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Tavares performed "Words and Music" on "American Bandstand." 


Today is Sunday, January 20, 2019


Today in
Television History

1953 - "Studio One" became the first television show to be transmitted from the United States to Canada.

1965 - The Rolling Stones and the Kinks made their first appearance on ABC-TV's "Shindig!"

1985 - The most-watched Super Bowl game in history was seen by an estimated 115.9 million people. The San Francisco 49ers downed the Miami Dolphins, 38-16. Super Bowl XIX marked the first time that TV commercials sold for a million dollars a minute.

1989 - The 100th episode of "Miami Vice" aired on NBC.

1998 - The first episode of "Dawson's Creek" aired on the WB network.

1999 - ESPN announced the creation of the Great Outdoor Games to be held in Lake Placid, NY, in 2000.

2008 - The pilot episode of "Breaking Bad" aired.


Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 - Dale Wright & the Rock-its performed "She's Neat" on "American Bandstand."

1959 - Jim Reeves performed "Billy Bayou" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Joe Simon performed "No Sad Songs" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - American Breed performed "Green Lite" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Livingston Taylor performed "I Will Be In Love With You" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Grace Jones appeared on "American Bandstand."


Today is Saturday, January 19, 2019


Today in
Television History

1953 - Sixty-eight percent of all TV sets in the U.S. were tuned to CBS-TV, as Lucy Ricardo, of "I Love Lucyve birth to a baby boy.

1955 - U.S. President Eisenhower allowed a filmed news conference to be used on television (and in movie newsreels) for the first time.

1957 - Philadelphia comedian, Ernie Kovacs, did a half-hour TV show without saying a single word of dialogue.

1957 - Johnny Cash made his first network TV appearance, on CBS' "Jackie Gleason Show."

1967 - Lesly Gore appeared on ABC-TV's "Batman" as Catwoman's sidekick, Pussycat.

2012 - The 100th episode of "The Big Bang Theory" aired.

2013 - In Scottsdale, AZ, the original Batmobile for the TV series "Batman" sold at auction for $4.6 million. It was the first of six Batmobiles produced for the show.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1960 - Ray Smith performed "Rockin' Little Angel" on "American Bandstand."

1961 - Skeeter Davis performed "My Last Date (With You)" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Frankie Avalon performed "You Are Mine" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Jim Stafford performed "Spiders and Snakes" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Dan Hartman performed "I Can Dream About You" and "Second Nature" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Kashif performed "Ooh Love" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Friday, January 18, 2019


Today in
Television History

1951 - Joan Blondell made her TV debut on "Pot of Gold" episode of "Airflyte Theatre" on CBS-TV.

1974 - The first episode of "The Six Million Dollar Man" aired.

1975 - "The Jeffersons" debuted on CBS-TV.

1976 - The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 in Super Bowl X. The CBS telecast was viewed by an estimated 80 million people.

1978 - The 100th episode of "Good Times" was aired by CBS.

1987 - For the first time in history the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) was seen by over 100 million viewers. The audience was measured during the week of January 12-18.

1995 - The 100th episode of "Northern Exposure" aired on CBS.

2001 - The Cartoon Network exclusively aired the last episode of "Batman Beyond."


Today in

American Bandstand History

1961 - Johnny Tillotson performed "Jimmy's Girl" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Ike & Tina Turner performed "Poor Fool" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Paul & Paula performed "Hey Paula" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Major Lance performed "Um Um Um Um Um" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - The Chi-Lites performed "Toby" on "American Bandstand."



Today is Thursday, January 17, 2019


Today in
Television History

1949 - "The Goldbergs" debuted on CBS-TV. The program had been on radio since 1931. The TV version lasted for four years.

1966 - NBC ordered 32 episodes of "The Monkees" for its upcoming fall schedule.

1975 - The television show "Baretta" debuted on ABC.

1985 - Leonard Nimoy got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1992 - "Michael Jackson...the Legend Continues" aired on CBS-TV.

1994 - Donny Osmond fought the Partridge Family's Danny Bonaduce in a charity boxing match in Chicago, IL. Bonaduce won a split decision.

1997 - Metallica's video "King Nothing" premiered on MTV.

1999 - Cindy Lauper was a voice on the TV show "The Simpsons."

2002 - Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appeared on the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.

2003 - It was announced that FOX had renewed "The Simpsons" for two more seasons. The extension pushed the show past "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" as the all-time longest-running situation comedy.

2003 - It was announced that Madonna would make an appearance on NBC's "Will & Grace" in May. The appearance was Madonna's first episodic TV series debut.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1963 - Dion performed "Ruby Baby" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - The 1910 Fruitgum Co. performed "The Train" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - Ohio Express performed "Sausalito" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - The Captain & Tennille performed "Lonely Nights" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Rockpile performed "Teacher Teacher" on "American Bandstand." 


Today is Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Today in
Television History

1939 - The "I Love a Mystery" debuted on NBC’s West-Coast outlets.

1976 - The TV show "Donny & Marie" premiered on ABC-TV.

1987 - The Beastie Boys became the first act censored on "American Bandstand."

1988 - Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder was fired as a CBS sports commentator one day after telling a TV station in Washington, DC, that, during the era of slavery, blacks had been bred to produce stronger offspring.

Today in

American Bandstand History

1961 - Mickey & Sylvia performed "What Would I Do" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Gene Pitney performed "Town Without Pity" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - James Darren performed "Goodbye Cruel World" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - King Floyd performed "Groove Me" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - A video of Ike & Tina Turner performing "Proud Mary" was aired on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Del Shannon performed "Sea of Love" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Sneaker performed "More Than Just The Two Of Us" and "Don't Let Me In" on "American Bandstand."

1987 - The Beastie Boys became the first act censored on "American Bandstand." 


Today is Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Today in
Television History

1967 - The Rolling Stones performed on TV's "Ed Sullivan Show" and were forced to change their lyrics of "Let's Spend the Night Together" to "Let's Spend Some Time Together."

1967 - The first National Football League Super Bowl was played. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League. The final score was 35-10. The game was televised by both CBS and NBC.

1974 - "Happy Days" premiered on ABC-TV.

1981 - The first episode of "Hill Street Blues" aired.

1995 - The first episode of "Star Trek: Voyager" aired.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1959 - Duane Eddy performed "The Lonely One" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - The Shirelles performed "Baby It's You" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels performed "Jenny Take a Ride" and "Little Latin Lupe Lu" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - Bobby Goldsboro performed "Broomstick Cowboy" and "It's Too Late" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Bread performed "Baby I'm a Want You" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - The Bus Boys performed "The Boys Are Back In Town" and "American Worker" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Ray Parker, Jr. performed "Bad Boy" and "The People Next Door" on "American Bandstand." 



Today is Monday, January 14, 2019


Today in
Television History

1952 - NBC's "Today" show premiered.

1972 - NBC-TV debuted "Sanford & Son."

1976 - "Bionic Woman" debuted on ABC.

1985 - Former Miss America, Phyllis George, joined Bill Kurtis as host of "The CBS Morning News".

1990 - "The Simpsons" began airing regularly.

1990 - America's Funniest Home Videos debuted as a regular weekly series. The show was originally aired as a special on November 26, 1989.

1993 - TV talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS.

1996 - Fox aired the San Francisco 49er/Dallas Cowboy NFC championship game. The game pulled a 34.2/57 Nielsen rating.

1997 - The Beach Boys guest starred on ABC-TV's "Home Improvement".

1998 - NBC agreed to pay Warner Bros. $13 million per episode to retain the TV show "ER."

1999 - Garth Brooks appeared on Sesame Street. He sang the song called "Together We Make Music".

2001 - The final episode of "The Jamie Foxx Show" aired.

2002 - NBC's "Today" celebrated its 50th anniversary on television.

2002 - TNT world premiered the TV movie "Monday Night Mayhem."


Today in

American Bandstand History

1958 - Sam Cooke performed "I Love You for Sentimental Reasons" and "Desire Me" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - The Youngbloods performed "Grizzly Bear" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Mike Williams performed "Lonely Soldier" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Peter Brown performed "Do Ya Wanna Get Funky With Me" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - High Energy performed "You Can't Turn Me Off" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Quarterflash performed "Take Me to Heart" and "Take Another Picture" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Madonna performed "Holiday" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Sunday, January 13, 2019


Today in
Television History

1928 - Ernst F. W. Alexanderson gave the first public demonstration of television.

1966 - Elizabeth Montgomery’s character, Samantha, on "Bewitched," had a baby. The baby's name was Tabitha.

1973 - ABC aired the final episode of "Alias Smith and Jones."

1997 - The first episode of "La Femme Nikita" aired.

1998 - NBC agreed to pay almost $13 million for each episode of the TV show E.R. It was the highest amount ever paid for a TV show.

1998 - ABC and ESPN negotiated to keep "Monday Night Football" for $1.15 billion a season.

1998 - One of the 110 missing episodes of the British TV show "Doctor Who" was found in New Zealand.

1998 - The NFL completed a $9.2 billion deal with to keep "Monday Night Football" on ABC and the entire Sunday night cable package for ESPN.

1998 - The 100th episode of "NYPD Blue" aired on ABC.

2001 - TV Guide issued a set of commemorative Elvis Presley covers.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1958 - Dickie Doo & the Don'ts performed "Click-Click" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - The Box Tops performed "Cry Like a Baby" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Jimmie Rodgers performed "Child of Clay" on "American Bandstand."

1973 - The Chi-Lites performed "We Need Order" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Peaches & Herb performed "Reunited" on "American Bandstand."



Today is Saturday, January 12, 2019


Today in
Television History

1949 - "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends" was debuted on CBS-TV. The show stayed on the network for seven years.

1949 - "Kukla, Fran and Ollie", the Chicago-based children’s show, made its national debut on NBC-TV.

1955 - Rod Serling’s career began with the TV production of "Patterns."

1958 - Major league baseball players Stan Musial and Johnny Padres were guests on the "Ed Sullivan Show."

1964 - The Beatles made their second appearance on BBC-TV's "Sunday Night at the London Palladium."

1965 - The dance show "Hullabaloo" premiered on NBC TV.

1966 - The television series "Batman" debuted on ABC.

1967 - "Dragnet" returned to NBC-TV after being off the network schedule for eight years.

1968 - The Supremes appeared in an episode of "Tarzan" on NBC-TV. The ladies played a group of nuns.

1971 - "All In the Family" debuted on CBS-TV.

1991 - "The Superfans," the #1 fans of the Chicago Bears, sketch debuted on "Saturday Night Live."

1997 - The first episode of "King of the Hill" was aired.

1997 - On ABC, Paula Abdul made her dramatic acting debut in "In The Shadow of Evil."

2002 - Conan O'Brien and Liza Powel were married. The two had met when Powel appeared on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" in a skit about advertising a year earlier.

2004 - NBC announced that the series "Frasier" would end the following May after 11 seasons.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1974 - Kool & the Gang performed "Jungle Boogie" and "Funky Stuff" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Albert Hammond performed "Half a Million Miles Away" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - General Public performed "Tenderness" and "Never You Done that" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Rebbie Jackson performed "Centipede" on "American Bandstand." 


Today is Friday, January 11, 2019


Today in
Television History

1958 - "Seahunt" debuted on CBS-TV. The show was aired on the network for four years.

1963 - The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the U.K. They performed the song "Please Please Me" on the show "Thank Your Lucky Stars."

1983 - "The Joy of Painting" aired for the first time.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1961 - Brian Hyland performed "That's How Much" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Freddy Cannon performed "If You Were a Rock'n'Roll Record" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - The Crystals performed "Little Boy" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Freddy Cannon performed "Abigail Beecher" on "American Bandstand."

1969 - Dorsey Burnette performed "The Greatest Love" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - The B.T. Express performed "Do It (Til Your Satisfied)" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Thursday, January 10, 2019


Today in
Television History

1962 - The NFL entered into a single-network agreement with CBS for telecasting all regular-season games for $4.65 million annually.

1971 - "Masterpiece Theatre" premiered on PBS with host Alistair Cooke. The introduction drama series was "The First Churchills."

1980 - The final episode of "The Rockford Files" aired on NBC.

1985 - Ted Nugent appeared on TV's "Miami Vice."

1999 - The animated series "Batman Beyond" debuted on the WB network.

1999 - HBO began airing the series "The Sopranos."

2002 - Ethan Zohn was announced as the winner of CBS' "Survivor 3."

2005 - CBS fired four executives following the release of an independent investigation about a "60 Minutes Wednesday" story about U.S. President George W. Bush's military service. The investigation said a "myopic zeal" led to the story being aired that was neither fair nor accurate. Forged documents had been used for proof in the story.

2007 - The iTunes Music Store reached 50 million television episodes sold.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1958 - George Hamilton IV performed "Why Don't They Understand" on "American Bandstand."

1958 - Sal Mineo performed "Party Time" and "Little Pigeon" on "American Bandstand."

1961 - Buzz Clifford performed "Baby Sittin' Boogie" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Barbara Lynn performed "You're Gonna Need Me" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - David Geddes performed "Last Game of the Season" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Kool & the Gang performed "Celebration" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - John Cougar Mellencamp performed "Ain't Even Done With The Night" on "American Bandstand." 


Today is Wednesday, January 9, 2019


Today in
Television History

1940 - Television was used for the first time to present a sales meeting to convention delegates in New York City.

1955 - The western TV series "Rawhide" premiered. The show was cancelled in 1966.

1977 - Super Bowl XI set a pro attendance record with 103,438. The NBC telecast was viewed by 81.9 million.

1984 - Clara Peller was first seen by TV viewers in the "Where's the Beef?" commercial campaign for Wendy's.

1992 - Sting made a guest appearance on the series "The Simpsons," in the episode "Radio Bart."

1996 - The first episode of "3rd Rock from the Sun" aired on NBC.

1999 - The first episode of "Providence" aired on NBC.

2001 - ABC-TV aired "The Mole" for the first time.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1958 - Dion & the Belmonts peformed "Don't Pity Me" on "American Bandstand."

1961 - Linda Hopkins appeared on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Gale Garnett performed "Lovin' Place" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Jumpin' Gene Simmons performed "The Dodo" and "Haunted House" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Cass Elliott performed "A Song That Never Comes" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Dave Mason performed "Only You Know and I Know" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Quarterflash performed "Harden My Heart" on "American Bandstand." 


Today is Tuesday, January 8, 2019


Today in
Television History

1952 - Marie Wilson came to TV as "My Friend Irma."

1961 - Robert Goulet made his national TV debut this night on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on CBS.

1966 - The final episode of "Shindig!" was broadcast on ABC-TV. The show featured the Kinks and the Who.

1977 - The cover of TV Guide was "Super Bowl."

1984 - ABC purchased the remaining 85% of ESPN.

1997 - Mister Rogers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1966 - Lou Christie performed "Lightning Strikes" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - The Knickerbockers performed "Lies" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - The J. Geils Band performed "Lookin' for a Love" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Joe Simon performed "Drowning in the Sea of Love" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Lee Ritenour performed "Cross My Heart" and "Keep It Alive" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Bobby Nunn performed "She's Just a Groupie" and "Never Seen Anything Like You" on "American Bandstand."

2000 - Dick Clark began hosting the game show "Winning Lines."




Today is Monday, January 7, 2019


Today in
Television History

1926 - George Burns and Gracie Allen were married.

1954 - The Duoscopic TV receiver was unveiled this day. The TV set allowed the watching of two different shows at the same time.

1983 - The 100th episode of "The Dukes Of Hazzard" was aired on CBS.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1958 - Buddy Knox performed "Hula Love" and "Swingin' Daddy" on "American Bandstand."

1958 - The Hollywood Frames performed "Buzz-Buzz-Buzz" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Neil Diamond performed "You Got to Me" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - The Electric Prunes performed "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Odyssey performed "Native New Yorker" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Alan O'Day performed "Started Out Dancing, Ended Up Making Love" on "American Bandstand."



Today is Sunday, January 6, 2019


Today in
Television History

1957 - Elvis Presley made his last appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in New York City.

1963 - "Wild Kingdom" premiered on NBC.

1966 - Duke Ellington’s concert recorded at 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, was broadcast on CBS-TV.

1968 - Dick Clark premiered his TV series "Happening '68." The show ran through September of 1969.

1968 - The 100th episode of "I Dream of Jeannie" was aired.

1975 - ABC-TV debuted "A.M. America."

1988 - A seven-fight deal was signed between Mike Tyson and HBO.

1991 - The Perry Mason TV movie "The Case of the Ruthless Reporter" aired.

1999 - Bob Newhart, Alex Trebek, Dennis Franz and Buffalo Bob Smith got a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

2003 - FOX began airing "Joe Millionaire."

Today in

American Bandstand History

1968 - Kenny O'Dell performed "Beautiful People" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - The Turtles performed "She's My Girl" on "American Bandstand."

1973 - Billy Paul performed "Me and Mrs. Jones" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - The Village People performed "YMCA" on "American Bandstand."




Today is Saturday, January 5, 2019


Today in
Television History

1948 - Warner Brothers-Pathe showed the very first color newsreel. The footage was of the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl football classic.

1961 - "Mr. Ed" debuted. The show would run for six years.

1970 - "All My Children" premiered on ABC.

1971 - ABC's "Alias Smith and Jones" aired for the first time.

2002 - The 1000th episode of "Soul Train" aired.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1974 - Ann Peebles performed "I Can't Stand the Rain" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - El Chicano performed "Tell Her She's Lovely" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Julian Lennon performed "Valotte" and "Too Late For Goodbyes" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Shalamar performed "My Girl Love Me" on "American Bandstand."



Today is Friday, January 4, 2019


Today in
Television History

1957 - Former heavyweight boxing champ Joe Louis appeared on "The Steve Allen Show" to introduce singer Solomon Burke. Burke performed Louis' "You Can Run, but You Can't Hide."

1961 - The first episode of "Mr. Ed" aired on CBS.

1965 - The Fender Guitar Company was sold to CBS for $13 million.

1974 - NBC-TV presented hockey in prime time. The Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers were the teams in the National Hockey League (NHL) game.

1977 - Mary Shane was hired by the Chicago White Sox as the first woman TV play-by-play announcer.

1982 - Bryant Gumbel moved from NBC Sports to the anchor desk where he joined Jane Pauley as co-host of the "Today" show on NBC.

1984 - The first episode of "Night Court" aired on NBC.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1960 - The Fireballs performed "Bulldog" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Johnny Thunder performed "Loop de Loop" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Shirley Ellis performed "Nitty Gritty" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - The Trashmen performed "Surfin' Bird" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Shirley Brown performed "Woman to Woman" on "American Bandstand."




Today is Thursday, January 3, 2019


Today in
Television History

1949 - "Colgate Theater" debuted.

1951 - NBC-TV debuted "Dragnet."

1979 - The 100th episode of "The Jeffersons" aired.

1984 - ABC aired the 100th episode of "Hart to Hart."

1984 - NBC aired the first episode of "Riptide."

1993 - The first episode of "Star Trek - Deep Space Nine" aired.

1997 - Bryant Gumbel signed off for the last time as host of NBC's "Today" show.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1976 - The Staple Singers performed "Let's Do It Again" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - C.W. McCall performed "Convoy" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Tierra performed "2-gether" on "American Bandstand."



Today is Wednesday, January 2, 2019


Today in
Television History

1949 - Jack Benny's television show aired on CBS for the first time. The show had previously been aired on NBC.

1953 - "The Life of Riley" debuted on NBC-TV.

1971 - In the U.S., a federally imposed ban on television cigarette advertisements went into effect.

1976 - The 100th episode of "Sanford and Son" was aired.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1963 - Dionne Warwick performed "Don't Make Me Over" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Marvin Gaye performed "Hitch Hike" and "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Adam Faith performed "It Sounds Good" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Johnny Rivers performed "Mountain of Love" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Patti Austin performed "Every Home Should Have One" on "American Bandstand."




Today is Tuesday, January 1, 2019


Today in
Television History

1906 - Louis W. Parker was born. He was the inventor of the intercarrier sound system for television sets, the modern basis for coordinating sound and picture.

1955 - Loretta Young was featured on the cover of "TV Guide." She made a total of 11 appearances on the cover of the magazine.

1964 - The BBC broadcasts the first "Top of the Pops" TV rock show.

1966 - The final episode of "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (with Rick Nelson) was filmed.

1971 - Tobacco ads representing $20 million dollars in advertising were banned from TV and radio broadcast.

1977 - The 200th episode of "Soul Train" aired.

1985 - VH-1 premiered as an adult contemporary music video channel with Marvin Gaye's "Star Spangled Banner" video.

Today in

American Bandstand History

1966 - Mel Carter performed "Love Is All We Need" and "My Heart Sings" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Adam Ant performed "Desperate But Not Serious" and "Goody Two Shoes" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - A video of Billy Joel performing "Allentown" was aired on "American Bandstand."

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