Today in TV History 4/21





Today is Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Today in
Television History

1965 – The Beach Boys appeared on ABC-TV’s “Shindig!” and performed “Do You Wanna Dance?”

1977 – Natalie Cole and John Denver were guests on Frank Sinatra’s ABC-TV special “Sinatra & Friends”.

1982 – The final episode of “WKRP in Cincinnati” aired on CBS.

1993 – The first episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger” aired on CBS.

1995 – MTV Asia re-launched its Mandarin-language channel.

1999 – Brooks & Dunn debuted their video “South of Santa Fe” while country.com simultaneously streamed the video. It was the first time that a country video debuted simultaneously on TV and the Internet.

1999 – The 200th episode of “L.A. Law” aired.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1959 – Jesse Belvin performed “Guess Who?” on “American Bandstand.”

1961 – Shep & the Limelites performed “Daddy’s Home” on “American Bandstand.”

1973 – Tony Orlando & Dawn performed “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree” on “American Bandstand.”

1979 – Fabulous Poodles performed “Mirror Star” on “American Bandstand.”

1984 – Shannon performed “Let the Music Play” and “Give Me Tonight” on “American Bandstand.”

1984 – Golden Earring performed “Clear Light Moonlight” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 4/20





Today is Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Today in
Television History

1959 – “Desilu Playhouse” on CBS-TV presented a two-part show titled “The Untouchables.”

1981 – The final episode of “Soap” aired on ABC.

1989 – Scientist announced the successful testing of high-definition TV.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1962 – Ketty Lester performed “Love Letters” on “American Bandstand.”

1974 – Tony Orlando & Dawn performed “It Only Hurts When I Try to Smile” on “American Bandstand.”

1985 – Lady Pank performed “Minus Zero” and “Hero” on “American Bandstand.”

1985 – Sheena Easton performed “Swear” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 4/19





Today is Monday, April 19, 2021

Today in
Television History

1989 – The Perry Mason TV movie “The Case of the Musical Murder” aired.

1997 – The first episode of “Angry Beavers” aired on NICK.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1961 – The Frogmen performed “Underwater” on “American Bandstand.”

1963 – Johnny Cymbal performed “Mr. Bass Man” and “Teenage Heaven” on “American Bandstand.”

1980 – Tommy James performed “Three Times in Love” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 4/18





Today is Sunday, April 18, 2021

Today in
Television History

1971 – The Jackson 5 and Bill Cosby were guests on Diana Ross’ solo TV special “diana.”

1975 – Alice Cooper’s first TV special, “Welcome To My Nightmare: The Making Of A Record Album” aired.

1979 – The TV show “Real People” premiered.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 – Huey Smith & the Clowns performed “Don’t You Just Know It” on “American Bandstand.”

1963 – Al Martino performed “I Love You Because” on “American Bandstand.”

1964 – The Beach Boys performed “Fun Fun Fun” and “I Get Around” on “American Bandstand.”

1970 – Norman Greenbaum performed “Spirit in the Sky” on “American Bandstand.”

1970 – Cold Blood performed “You Got Me Hummin'” on “American Bandstand.”

2012 – Dick Clark died of a heart attack at the age of 82.



Today in TV History 4/17





Today is Saturday, April 17, 2021

Today in
Television History

1967 – “The Joey Bishop Show” debuted on ABC-TV.

1987 – NBC aired the final episode of “Remington Steele.”

2002 – It was announced that the final episode of FOX’s “Ally McBeal” would air on May 20.

2002 – The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences board voted unanimously to urge networks not to get of rid credits at the end of TV shows.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1965 – The Dixie Cups performed “Iko Iko” on “American Bandstand.”

1971 – Little Richard performed “Greenwood Mississippi” on “American Bandstand.”

1976 – Michel Polnareff performed “If You Only Believe” on “American Bandstand.”

1976 – The Supremes performed “Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walkin'” on “American Bandstand.”

1982 – Skyy performed “Call Me” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 4/16





Today is Friday, April 16, 2021

Today in
Television History

1956 – ABC premiered the TV show “Rhythm on Parade.”

1962 – Walter Cronkite began anchoring “The CBS Evening News”.

1973 – Paul McCartney starred in his first TV special, “James Paul McCartney.”

1981 – The final episode of “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” aired on NBC.

1995 – Courtney Love and her band Hole performed on the sixth season premiere of MTV’s “Unplugged.”

Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 – Dion & The Belmonts performed “I Wonder Why” on “American Bandstand.”

1966 – Norma Tanega performed “Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog” on “American Bandstand.”

1966 – Eddie Holman performed “This Can’t Be True” on “American Bandstand.”

1977 – James Darren performed “You Take My Heart Away” on “American Bandstand.”

1977 – England Dan & John Ford Coley performed “It’s Sad to Be Lonely” on “American Bandstand.”

1983 – Laura Branigan performed “Solitaire” and “Deep in the Dark” on “American Bandstand.”

1983 – Bryan Adams performed “Straight from the Heart” and “Cuts Like a Knife” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 4/15





Today is Thursday, April 15, 2021

Today in
Television History

1951 – The first episode of “Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok” aired.

1956 – The worlds’ first, all-color TV station was dedicated. It was WNBQ-TV in Chicago and is now WMAQ-TV.

2002 – The series finale of ABC’s “Once & Again” aired.

2002 – HSN began airing “The NHL Show” featuring Phil Esposito.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 – The Ames Brothers performed “A Very Precious Love” on “American Bandstand.”

1960 – Freddy Cannon performed “Jump Over” and “The Urge” on “American Bandstand.”

1967 – Martha & the Vandellas performed “Jimmy Mack” on “American Bandstand.”

1967 – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performed “Buy for Me the Rain” on “American Bandstand.”

1972 – Bobby Vinton performed “Every Day of My Life” on “American Bandstand.”

1972 – The Five Man Electrical Band performed “Signs” and “Absolutely Right” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 4/14





Today is Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Today in
Television History

1958 – Van Cliburn appeared on national TV for the first time. He was on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” with Jack Paar.

1965 – Millie Small appeared on ABC-TV’s “Shindig!” and performed her song “My Boy Lollipop.”

1967 – The final “Where the Action Is” aired on ABC-TV.

1969 – The “33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee” TV special aired on NBC.

1997 – Ringo Starr debuted as the host of the VH1 program “Classic Albums.”

Today in
American Bandstand History

1979 – Arpeggio performed “Love and Desire” on “American Bandstand.”

1979 – Edwin Starr performed “Contact” on “American Bandstand.”

1984 – The Alarm performed “Marching On” and “68 Guns” on “American Bandstand.”

1984 – The video for Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell” was aired on “American Bandstand.”

1984 – Patti Austin performed “It’s Gonna Be Special” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 4/13





Today is Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Today in
Television History

1953 – The National Edition of “TV Guide” was launched.

1969 – Diana Ross appeared solo on Dinah Shore’s NBC-TV special “Like Hep”.

1973 – The J. Geils Band performed live on ABC’s “In Concert.”

1985 – “The Grand Ole Opry” debuted on television.

1999 – VH1 debuted their Internet radio station called VH1 at Work. The first webcast was the “Divas Live” concert.

1999 – Jack Kervorkian was sentenced in Pontiac, MI, to 10 to 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder of Thomas Youk. Youk’s assisted suicide was videotaped and shown on “60 Minutes” in 1998.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1960 – Johnny Tillotson performed “Earth Angel” and “Pleading My Love” on “American Bandstand.”

1962 – Neil Sedaka performed “King of Clowns” on “American Bandstand.”

1974 – Maureen McGovern performed “The Morning After” on “American Bandstand.”

1974 – Stories performed “If It Feels Good, Do It” on “American Bandstand.”

1985 – The Gap Band performed “I Found My Baby” on “American Bandstand.”

1985 – Los Lobos performed “Will the Wolf Survive” and “Don’t Worry Baby” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 4/12





Today is Monday, April 12, 2021

Today in
Television History

1964 – The 100th episode of “Mr. Ed” aired on CBS.

1967 – Jim Brown made his TV acting debut on the NBC show “I Spy.”

1986 – The 500th episode of “Soul Train” aired.

1987 – The first episode of “21 Jump Street” aired.

1998 – The pilot episode of “Junkyard Wars” aired.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1961 – Freddy Cannon performed “Buzz-Buzz-a-Diddle-It” on “American Bandstand.”

1975 – Jose Feliciano performed “Chico and the Man” on “American Bandstand.”