Local Dance Party Shows: Put Your Records On!
Posted May 2, 2007 @ 8:07 AM
I'll kick off with my memories of Teenage Frolics, a dance show aired on Saturdays on WRAL in Raleigh, NC in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It was hosted by J.D. Lewis Jr., an African American, and was a precursor to Soul Train. J.D. was a true pioneer; sadly, he died this year. Here's an overview of his life: Remembering J.D. Lewis
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I wept when American Bandstand went to a half hour from an hour.
Posted Jun 12, 2007 @ 6:27 PM
I was so excited the one time I went there as a 13-year-old on a teen night...on a blind date with my mom's coworker's daughter. Picture a skinny white boy and a big black girl on the floor dancing to songs such as "Get Off" or "In the Bush". (I wonder if she realized she was a fag hag that night.)
Posted Jun 15, 2007 @ 4:23 AM
It ran in Northern California, too. I think the host was a DJ for KROQ is Los Angeles...and actually had a cameo on "Square Pegs". It was actually more interesting than MTV back then.
I seem to remember a syndicated show during the mid to late eighties called MV3, which I think was originated outta LA. Early Bangles were on, The Plugz (before they became The Cruzados), some other punk bands and new wave stuff. Played videos and had the dance thing going on. Lame hosts, but fun
Posted Jun 15, 2007 @ 6:06 AM