Little did Charles Albertine know that when he wrote Bandstand Boogie, it would become the theme song for the longest running musical show in television history. He played tenor saxophone with the Sammy Kaye band in the late 1940s, and was the lead arranger for the new Les Elgart band.
What an unlikely choice; I know we had just come out of the big band era but the target audience was really not into that kind of sound. We are talking a swinging, monster big band arrangement here.
From the time American Bandstand went national (*1964) until 1969 Les Elgart‘s big band version of Bandstand Boogie is the one I remember in my music mind.
Let’s go back to about 1964; if you watched American Bandstand as much as I did, maybe you will recognize somebody…
Personnel as determined: Les Elgart’s Big Band.
Now, get into Barry Manilow‘s Bandstand Boogie version with lyrics he wrote…
Personnel as determined: Barry Manillow vocals.
*The TV themes that stay with me reflect every character, every episode, the times the series took place in AND the genre of theatre applicable; fresh forever in my music mind.