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Published:September 18th, 2008 20:17 EST
The Best of American Bandstand: September 18

The Best of American Bandstand: September 18

By Garrett Godwin

We`re goin` hoppin (hop!)
We`re goin` hoppin` today
Where things are poppin` (pop!) the Philadelphia way
We`re gonna drop (drop!) in on all the music they play
On the Bandstand
                        -Barry Manilow


Hey, welcome to American Bandstand, where on this day of September 18 in the year 1957, teen idol Frankie Avalon came by for a visit to perform "Teacher`s Pet", along with Rod Willis singing "Somebody`s Been Rocking My Baby".  Then, in the next year, in 1958, Arlene Smith & the Chantels stopped by on Bandstand with "He`s Gone", "Maybe", Every Night (I Pray)", and "I Love You So".

Next, in 1971, guest stars include Bobby Russell with "Saturday Morning Confusion", and film footage from Creedence Clearwater Revival singing "Sweet Hitchhiker".  Then, in the year 1976, Shields & Yarnell, Kaptain Kool & the Kongs, and a music video from Sir Elton John and Kiki Dee dueting on their #1 hit, "Don`t Go Breaking My Heart".

And in 1982, The English Beat came to Bandstand performing "Save it for Later" and "Sugar and Stress", and Australia`s Men In Work performing their two of their biggest hits ("Who Can It Be Now?" and "Down Under") from their breakthrough album, Business as Usual.

And it happened on this day of September 18 on AMERICAN .....


For now, Garrett Godwin, so long