Searching For New Material
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With thirty five records to play, the producers of American Bandstand were constantly searching for new material. Clark met in his office with representatives of the record industry to keep apprised of the latest releases and the newest singers and groups. But in 1959, following the scandalous revelations that Charles Van Doren had been given answers while a contestant on the popular TV quiz show Twenty-One (1956-1958) questions were raised about the honesty of the record industry.
Investigators alleged that deejays accepted bribes to play certain songs, otherwise there was no way to explain why many rock and roll songs had become popular. Being the number one deejay in the country, Clark was called to testify at the 1959-1960 Congressional hearings on payola. He swore he never took money or gifts, but he was still forced to give up his interests in the record business