There are plenty of memorable musical performances in vast television archives of the 1950s and ?60s. Here are some highlights from some of the popular shows of the day.
?Saturday Night Beechnut Show?
For a little over two-and-a-half years, viewers could tune into this program every Saturday night at 7:30 on ABC-TV. It was the host?s second attempt at a prime-time show, coming on the heels of a Monday night version of ?American Bandstand? that lasted only 13 weeks in late 1957.
Some of the memorable Saturday Night Beechnut Shows include:
3/1/58: The Chantels perform ?Maybe?
3/8/58: The Silhouettes perform ?Get A Job? (issued in 1986)
3/15/58: Huey ?Piano? Smith & Clowns perform ?Don?t You Just Know It?; Dicky Doo & The Don?ts perform ?Click Clack?
3/22/58: The Diamonds perform ?The Stroll?
4/5/58: The Shirelles perform ?I Met Him On A Sunday?
4/12/58: The Monotones perform ?Book Of Love? and Robert & Johnny perform ?We Belong Together?
5/24/58: Dion and the Belmonts perform ?I Wonder Why?
5/31/58 and 8/16/58: The Coasters perform ?Yakety Yak?
6/28/58: The ?One Summer Night? Danleers and the Diamonds perform
7/26/58: The Olympics perform ?Western Movies?
8/9/58: The Elegants perform ?Little Star? and Bobby Day performs ?Rockin? Robin?
8/23/58: The Imperials perform ?Tears On My Pillow?
9/20/58: The Shields perform ?You Cheated?; also guesting is the Big Bopper
11/1/58: The Elegants, Olympics, Bobby Darin and the Everly Brothers perform
11/22/58: The Cadillacs perform ?Peek-A-Boo?
12/27/58: The Crests perform ?Sixteen Candles?; other guests include Ritchie Valens and the Diamonds
1/17/59: Dion & The Belmonts ?Don?t Pity Me? and the Platters? ?Smoke Gets In Your Eyes? are performed
3/7/59: The Coasters perform ?Charlie Brown?
3/14/59 and 4/25/59: The Fleetwoods perform ?Come Softly To Me? (one was issued in 1986)
4/4/59: Dion and the Belmonts perform ?A Teenager in Love? (issued in 1986)
4/11/59 and 7/4/59: The Impalas perform ?Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)?
5/2/59: The Crests perform ?Six Nights A Week?
5/9/59: The Skyliners perform ?Since I Don?t Have You?; other guests include Jesse Belvin
7/11/59: The Flamingos perform ?I Only Have Eyes For You?
7/25/59: The Falcons perform ?You?re So Fine?
9/26/59: Dion and the Belmonts perform ?A Lover?s Prayer? and ?Every Little Thing I Do?
10/10/59: Performances include The Isley Brothers? ?Shout? and the Fireflies ?You Were Mine?; The Fireflies also returned on 12/12/59
10/31/59: The Crests perform ?The Angels Listened In? and ?A Year Ago Tonight?
11/7/59: The Skyliners perform ?It Happened Today?
1/2/60: Little Anthony and the Imperials perform ?Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop?
2/27/60: Dion and the Belmonts perform ?Where Or When?; also appearing is the Skyliners
3/12/60: The Crests perform, along with Santo and Johnny and Jackie Wilson
4/9/60: Dion and the Belmonts perform ?Where Or When? and ?When You Wish Upon A Star?
6/11/60: The Crests? ?Trouble In Paradise? and the Skyliners? ?Pennies From Heaven? are performed
6/25/60: The Olympics perform ?Big Boy Pete?
7/23/60: The Crests perform ?Trouble In Paradise?
8/13/60: Dion and the Belmonts perform ?In The Still Of The Night?; Frankie Lymon performs ?Little Bitty Pretty One?
9/3/60: The Platters perform ?Red Sails In The Sunset? and ?Smoke Gets In Your Eyes?
“American Bandstand” (weekday show)
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