Dick Clark’s impact on our musical tastes is powerful and long-lasting. In the summer of 1965, Dick Clark Productions produced a weekday afternoon television show that was broadcast on WABC-TV in the New York City metro market. The program proved to be a precursor to MTV because it was a form of music television that featured video hit after video hit.
The show aired from 1965 through 1967. Most of the telecasts, all of which were produced in black-and-white, were taped at various locales in Southern California. The Summer of Love in 1967 would shift Top 40 to album rock, as listener tastes matured and became more defined.
I was glued to the television set watching the artists perform in all those great sunny beach locations and amusement parks. The show developed a cast of music regulars featuring one of my mid-sixties favorites Paul Revere and the Raiders.
Here’s one of the hits they made famous on the show, Just Like Me from Spotify…
- It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it (musicofourheart.me)