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Remembering Swingin’ Time and Club 1270

February 13th, 2012

From Scott Westerman and

“Swingin’ Time” the HOTTEST Dance Show on TV in Detroit





Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels 1966

By the mid-60s, Detroit could claim two television programs that mirrored the successful formula of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. Club 1270 and Swingin Time became the Motor City’s showcase for the stars and would-be stars of rock n roll. We got our first glimpses of local heroes like Jamie Coe and Bob Seger also worldwide sensations like Leslie Gore and the Rolling Stones in glorious black and white.


For more on the history of Club 1270 and Swingin time, along with two classic video clips, visit



  • susan harvey says on: January 16, 2014 at 12:53 PM


    I was one of the dancers on club 1270.

    • Bob Gordon says on: March 8, 2014 at 3:24 PM


      I was camera 3 on club 1270

      • scot snead says on: February 16, 2015 at 9:19 PM


        My dad was the director on that show. Chuck Snead. He lives in San Diego.

    • Peggy Pabst says on: February 1, 2016 at 8:12 PM


      I was on there a few times. I enjoyed it.

    • Dennis Allen Stein says on: April 17, 2016 at 12:40 PM


      Do you remember a tall blonde girl dancer on 1270 by the name of Lynne Beach?

  • Bill Hawkins says on: July 9, 2015 at 8:51 AM


    My brother-in-law Dennis was a dance member.

  • Peggy Pabst says on: February 1, 2016 at 8:13 PM


    I was on it a few times.

  • Larry Marquez says on: April 24, 2016 at 1:38 AM


    My wife, Shirley Brewer, and I were both regulars on Club 1270 in 1964 & 1965. We started dating while we were on the show. During that time we also attended dances at the Walled Lake Casino and the Chatter Box Teen Clubs in Garden City and Warren. We got married in 1965 and were married for almost 36 years. Whenever we felt blue or down all we had to do was remember our times on Club 1270 to get us out of our funk. My wife may be gone but the memory of our time on Club 1270 still brings a smile to my face.

  • bill presley says on: November 15, 2016 at 6:40 PM


    I remember new DJ Weird Beard making a crazed debut appearance on the show, flying over chairs, somersaulting and spinning in circles on the floor. Really fun stuff.

  • Tish says on: December 19, 2016 at 2:45 AM


    We watched that show faithfully! There was a little dance we used to do called the 1270. Don’t know anybody else who remembers it! Great show, lots of style!

  • Dave Prince says on: November 12, 2017 at 12:07 PM


    Tell your Dad I said, “Hi”…and no hard feelings about him wrecking my TV career…


  • Ron says on: December 3, 2017 at 10:13 AM


    Does anyone recall whether Swingin’ Time and Club 1270 were live or pre-recorded broadcasts? And does anyone know specifically where the broadcast studios were located? I hope someone can help. Thank-you!

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