Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club

1949, TV Show

A dance and talent show for teenagers, this was a predecessor of `American Bandstand,' hosted by the King of Jazz (as Whiteman was dubbed in the 1920s). Although Whiteman was 62 at the time, he used kid lingo and wore flashy suits as he introduced promising acts. Among those who got their start here were Eddie Fisher and Bobby Rydell, and Dick Clark got his big break as an announcer for the show. Whiteman also hosted his `Goodyear Revue' variety show on ABC from 1949 to '52.

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Premiered: April 02, 1949, on ABC
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Premise: A dance and talent show for teenagers, this was a predecessor of `American Bandstand,' hosted by the King of Jazz (as Whiteman was dubbed in the 1920s). Although Whiteman was 62 at the time, he used kid lingo and wore flashy suits as he introduced promising acts. Among those who got their start here were Eddie Fisher and Bobby Rydell, and Dick Clark got his big break as an announcer for the show. Whiteman also hosted his `Goodyear Revue' variety show on ABC from 1949 to '52.

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