Modern Mother Goose-On The Loose # 870 (American Bandstand 1957-1989)) (Dick Clark 1929-2012)

The memories live on-

Even though the host is gone.


On American Bandstand so many guest artists there were to be-

Including Bill Haley and His Comets, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Johnny Rivers,

Glen Campbell, The Byrds, Roy Clark, Pablo Cruise, Jackie Wilson, Stevie Wonder,

Bill Withers, Ritchie Valens, Luther Vandross, Redeye, and Jeannie C. Riley.


We tuned in so that all could be seen and heard-

The Turtles, Underground Sunshine, Robert Palmer, Patti Page, Jack Jones, Mac

Davis, James Darren, Sheena Easton, The Flamingos, Helen Reddy, Lou Rawls,

Lionel Ritchie, Junior Walker and the All-Stars, and Little Richard.


Great guests and music was always on hand-

Vic Damone, DeBarge, Kim Karnes, David Cassidy, Mel Carter, Captain and

Tennille, Bobby Rydell, Neil Sedaka, Gino Vannelli, Village People, Bonnie Tyler,

Andy Williams, R.E.M., Mary Wells, and KC and the Sunshine Band.


The show always turned out to be a smash-

With the likes of Debby Boone, Bread, The Chordettes, Patsy Cline, The Coasters,

Fontella Bass, Beastie Boys, Anita Baker, Stephen Bishop, Righteous Brothers,

Dionne Warwick, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Johnny Cash.


Much music, yes, we can remember when-

Seeing and hearing the Carpenters, Freddy Cannon, Question Mark and the

Mysterious, Rare Earth, The Bangles, Bee Gees, Bobby Vee, Debbie Allen,

Donna Summer, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Frankie Avalon, and Eric Carmen.


To the TV set we had to go-

To see The Motels, Men At Work, Mickey & Sylvia, The McGuire Sisters, The

Jaggerz, Michael Bolton, Blondie, Crystal Gayle, Marvin Gaye, Barry White,

Bobby Vinton, Stephen Stills, Ray Stevens, Grace Slick, and Sal Mineo.


Music that tended to agree-

The Delicates, Neil Diamond, The Cowsills, Creedance Clearwater Revival,

James Brown, Buffalo Springfield, Smokey Robinson, Stephanie Mills, Ray

Parker Jr., Wayne Newton, Linda Rondstadt, and Clarence “Frogman” Henry.


Also on hand-

Were Cannibal & the Headhunters, Eddie Kendricks, Chaka Khan, Donny Osmond,

Tony Orlando & Dawn, The Buckinghams, Johnny Burnette, John Mellencamp, Melanie,

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Tiffany, and John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band.


You know the favorite, you know the one-

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Teena Marie, Madonna, Barry Manilow, Thelma Houston,

The Champ’s, Cher, Dick and Dee Dee, Dokken, Troy Donahue, Sheila E., Expose,

The Moonglows, The Emotions, Freda Payne, Kenny Rogers,and Roy Orbison.


The show certainly had its ways-

Highlighting Bobby Helms, Dion and the Belmonts, Eddie Cochran, Judy Collins,

Perry Como, Harry Chapin, Stray Cats, Rufus Thomas, Lou Christie, Roy Rogers and Dale

Evans, Frankie Avalon, Steely Dan, Edwin Starr, Little Eva, Rick James, and Isaac Hayes.


The rocking certainly got done-

Solomon Burke, The Grassroots, Dr. Hook, Billy Preston, Pink Floyd, Sergio Mendes, Al

Martino, Herbie Mann, The Manhattan Transfer, Laura Branigan, Peter Brown, Steppenwolf,

Jimmie Rogers, ABBA, Bryan Adams, Alabama, America, Sam Cooke, and Carl Carlton.


So much to dance to-

The Commodores, Natalie Cole, Jim Croce, Huey Lewis and the News, Evelyn Champagne

King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Anthony, The Imperials, The Shirelles, Dell Shannon, Dusty

Springfield, Rick Springfield, Jimmie Rogers, Johnny Taylor, Mel Torme, and LuLu.


A talented dancing audience to see-

To the music of Cyndi Lauper, The Pointer Sisters, Tommy Roe, The Ronettes, Sam and

Dave, Chubby Checker, Shawn Cassidy, Terry Jacks, Freddie Jackson, Sonny James,

Loverboy, C.W. McCall, Johnny and the Hurricanes, Peggy Lee, and Brenda Lee.


So many bands-

The Staple Singers, The Temptations, The Spinners, Sir Douglas Quintet, The Romantics,

Danny and the Juniors, Frogmen, The Emotions, Iron Butterfly, Buddy Holly and the

Crickets, Three Dog Night, The Diamonds, The Dells, and Tommy Sands.


Music both fast and slow-

The Raspberries, Real Life, Otis Redding, Eddie Rabbitt, Peter-Paul-and Mary, Chi-Lites,

Julian Lennon, J. Geils Band, Norman Greenbaum, Chic, Leif Garrett, Gloria Gaynor, Chic,

Lamont Dozier, Peter Frampton, Bobby Freeman, Annette Funicello, and Don Rondo.


Music to cause a stir-

Skeeter Davis, Bill Medley, Los Lobos, Little River Band, Kenny Loggins & Jim Messina,

The Dazz Band, Bobby Day, Jackie DeShannon, David Essex, Ike and Tina Turner, B. J.

Thomas, Conway Twitty, Kool and the Gang, Sonny and Cher, and Night Ranger.


We loved to hear them sing-

The Supremes, Talking Heads, Elvin Bishop, Bobby Darin, The Crystals, George Thorogood

& the Destroyers, Tanya Tucker, UB40, Jerry Vale, 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Del-Vikings,

Duane Eddy, Dr. Hook, Adam Ant, Bananarama, Tony Bennett, Chuck Berry, and Ben E. King.


To hear, to remember when-

David Bowie, Pat Boone, Everly Brothers, Shelley Fabares, The Bay City Rollers, The Beach

Boys, Ashford and Simpson, Paul Anka, The DeFranco Family, Electric Light Orchestra, Betty

Everett, Pat Benator, Jack Blanchard, Misty Morgan, Jose Feliciano, and the Fifth Dimension.


Dancing throughout the land-

Andy Gibb, Hamilton-Joe Franks-and-Reynolds, Tom Fogerty, Danny Bondaduce, Etta James,

Jan and Dean, Love Unlimited Orchestra, McFadden and Whitehead, Curtis Mayfield, Drifters,

Dr. John, Donovan, Devo, The Ohio Players, Evie Sands, and John Fred & His Playboy Band.


Music well done-

Della Reese, Johnny Ray, Bobby Rydell, Marie Osmond, Evie Sands, Paul Simon and Art

Garfunkel, Somethin’ Smith & the Redheads, Connie Stevens, James Taylor, Tears For Fears,

Fats Domino, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, The Jackson 5, and John Sebastian.


Didn’t or couldn’t miss-

Tommy James, Gladys Knight & the Pips, B. B. King, Jean Knight, LL Cool J, Grace Jones,

Trini Lopez, The Mamas and the Papas, Henry Mancini, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Lovin’

Spoonful, Maureen McGovern, Loverboy, Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, and Johnny Mathis.


So many more heard and seen-

Miami Sound Machine, Roger Miller, The Miracles, Van Morrison, Eddie Money, New Edition,

Mr. Mister, Johnny Nash, Billy Ocean, The O’Jays, The Osmonds, Wayne Newton, Paul

Peterson, Peaches and Herbs, Bonnie Raitt, Gene Pitney, Dolly Parton, and Don McLean.


Many music schemes-

Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, Prince, The Brothers Johnson, Bon Jovi, Gary U.S. Bonds,

The Brady Bunch Kids, Bow Wow Wow, The Boys, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Scott Baio,

Susan Anton, Aerosmith, Patti Austin, Frankie Avalon, and Brooklyn Dreams.


There were no stops-

A Flock of Seagulls, The Five Satins, The Four Tops, The Four Seasons, The Animals,

Anita Bryant, Roseanne Cash, Champaign, Jimmie Dean, Def Leppard, Ann Margaret,

Connie Francis, Aretha Franklin, The Gap Band, The Go-Go’s, and The Gumdrops.


To remember when TV dancing came aboard-

Leslie Gore, Al Green, Guess Who, Robert Goulet, The Hollies, Billy Idol, INXS,

The Impressions, Hall and Oates, Weird Al Yankovic, and Tennesse Ernie Ford.


Surely, many, many more were missed-

On my poetry-form  attempted incomplete list.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Mary Elizabeth
    Oct 22, 2021 @ 02:14:01

    Reblogged this on Three by M.E./Rhymes of the Times.



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