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Collection Dates: 1950
Scope and Content Note: The collection consists of 10 kinescope reels of "TV Teen Club" programs.
Biographical Note: "Something of an indirect predecessor to 'American Bandstand' (Like "Bandstand," it originated in Philadelphia and had many of the same technical crew), TV Teen Club was hosted by veteran bandleader/performer Paul Whiteman. Whiteman, a fixture on the American pop music scene since the early 1920's, genuinely enjoyed doing this show, wearing loud sport clothes, using the kids' catch phrases of that period ("Real gone, man!"), and handing the sponsors' Tootsie Rolls and chewing gum out of a paper bag. A good judge of talent (Bing Crosby got his start with Whiteman's band in the late-1920's), Whiteman gave both Dick Clark and Bobby Rydell major early breaks on this program, as well as future recording company executive Bernie Lowe. "--From IMDB, viewed Nov. 15, 2010 (http://www.imdb.com/)
Extent: 10 reels : opt sd., b&w ; 16 mm. kinescope.
Genre: Teen television programs;Television dance parties;Dance parties and contests;Music;Television
Provenance: Deposited at the Walter J. Brown Media Archives in 1992.
Cite Collection As: Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club Collection, 1950 March-June. Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries.
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