October 7 – Bandstand, MJ, Cats

1952

Dick Clark

Its got a good beat and you can dance to it Philadelphia television (WFIL-TV) first airs DJ Bob Horn‘s ‘Bandstand’. The 90-minute show shows teens dancing to new tunage.

After Horn is fired, it’s passed to Dick Clark in July 1956. It goes national on ABC as American Bandstand on August 5, 1957, airing just after school lets out on the east coast. In 1963 it moves to an hour on Saturday afternoons only … and lasts to 1989.

1971

Motown Records releases Michael Jackson‘s first solo single, Got to Be There.

Of course Michael (lead singer of The Jackson 5) has US and UK top-5 hits. The album is released the following Jan. 24; it sells 5M copies, reaching US#14, UK#37.

1982

The musical Cats opens on Broadway and runs for 18 years. What fur!

The lyrics are based on the poem collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. The show by English composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is second in history’s longest-running shows behind The Phantom of the Opera. Webber’s not worried; he wrote it too.

See also: List of the longest-running Broadway shows ( Website ) ( Fansite )

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