NEW PAGE! (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images), Spice on Her Favorite 'Drag Race' Season 15 Moment and Her Sweet Reunion With Sugar, "I did win the hearts of these girls somehow and the love was just so felt. . This version was canceled after 26 weeks, and its final show (with The Cover Girls performing "My Heart Skips a Beat" and "We Can't Go Wrong") aired on October 7, 1989, thus ending the show's 37-year run.. The "ab" logo was replaced with the iconic stylized "AB" logo (shown at the top of this page) used for the remainder of the show's run. I still really didnt know who I was. In September 1964, Bandstand began using a new logo based on the ABC circle logo, reading "ab" in the same typeface followed by a number representing the year the show aired. We ended up spending weekends together when she came to New York and D.C. to perform We went to lunch together and had fun, but Annette had to rest and perform, so we didnt have time for anything else., Sullivan never felt like a superstar, even when the Regulars averaged 100 to 150 fan letters a day. In addition to his other ventures, Clark maintained a virtual lock on New Years Eve television withDick ClarksNew Years Rockin Eve. On December 27 Bunny Gibson, American Bandstand Regular from 1959-1962, married Duke Tirschel in Chattanooga , Tennessee. "It is with much sadness that we have lost one of the most loving and beautiful souls - Carole Scaldeferri Spada has passed away," Bunny Gibson, who identified herself as a "Bandstand buddy," posted on Facebook. July 9th, 1988", "Retro Request: Sat 10/31 & 11/7 and Sun 11/1, 1987", "AB now in syndication: Jody Watley, Dan Hill, David Spade", "Clark ends long-playing spin on bandstand", "On 'Bandstand,' Dick Clark Says Goodbye", "AGELESS CLARK STILL STANDS FOR THE 'AMERICAN' BAND", "Hits Prove Hard to Find at Dick Clark Productions: Entertainment: Performance has been mediocre since the company went public in 1987. She never saw much of Clark outside of the studio. Prior to the move, Bandstand had sourced many of its up-and-coming acts from Philadelphia's Cameo-Parkway Records. Back in July, I received a most endearing email from Duke which told of his experiences in life. They also reported on the careers and whereabouts of many of the other regulars and several of the shows musical guests. Joyce Shafer talks about herself and her dance partner, Norman Kerr, Norman was one of a kind, always making people laugh. and they put a drinking cup in front of him and said, This is your cup, and youre the only one who will use this cup. One friend of mine was kicked out of the house.. I imitated all the dance steps, sometimes with the refrigerator door as a partner. SWIMSUITS of the regulars. Duke is a premier photographer of the martial arts as well as being an expert. Filmed in the cramped quarters of the WFIL Studios at 46th and Market Streets in Philly, Bandstand is such a part of Americana that Dick Clarks podium now resides in the Smithsonian. The program was permanently shot in color starting on September 9, 1967. The marker stands opposite 4548 Market Street (not shown here), which once housed WFIL-TVand its Studio B, the original home of American Bandstand. The news hit hard. They knew what was going on, but they never asked the question., Sullivan says there were at least four other popular girl dancers on Bandstand who she quickly learned were lesbians and we all started hanging out together. 4/8/1989 10/7/1989 Syndicated Dancing was a major feature of Bandstand. The couple first honeymooned on the Chattanooga Choo Choo, the famed railway that was immortalized by Glenn Miller and was the first to run South to North. The new legislation effectively ended payola in the music business.2, American Bandstandtoo weathered the payola storm. From the late 1950s and most of the 1960s, Clark's on-camera sidekick was announcer Charlie O'Donnell, who later went on to announce Wheel of Fortune and other programs hosted or produced by Clark, such as The $100,000 Pyramid. " WFIL defended these local associations in order to maintain support. Jerry Oppenheimer is a best-selling author. "When I walked through those doors, that was the only place I wanted to be," said Gibson, 66, an actress who now lives in Los Angeles. He fell in love with her. ", Songs she liked to dance to, Mrs. Spada wrote online in June 2010, included "Little Darlin'," "Sixteen Candles," "Tears on my Pillow," "Splish Splash," "Never on Sunday," and "Let's Do The Stroll.". They werent playing baseball they were DANCING. Barbara finally came back and said I had to come to the front because the back was only for colored people. A Midlothian-based freelance writer, Martha Steger has received national awards for her journalism, essays, short fiction and poetry. Arlene Sullivan and Kenny Rossi on the cover of Teen magazine in 1959. . Carole Ann Scaldeferri Spada, 70, of Newtown Square, a regular dancer on American Bandstand from 1957 to 1961, has died. This kit packs $431 worth of premium skincare and haircare into a small packageand it's only $80 with the promo code. Bob retired after being in the shoe business and the chemical business, where he often worked 18 hour days. The 50 record albums are packed away for safekeeping., Normans passing But it was not easy on the mean streets of Philadelphia to be a Bandstand regular suspected of being gay. They accepted me. Like the rest of us, the 'Drag Race' Season 15 queen is crushing on Pedro Pascal. In 1960, in an episode that seems incredibly tame by todays standards of greed and corruption, the two major television networks, NBC and CBS were exposed as having rigged their wildly popular primetime quiz shows. The show's popularity helped Dick Clark become an American media mogul and inspired similar long-running music programs, such as Soul Train and British series Top of the Pops. He is a man of God and over the years has established both karate and prison ministeries. I was trying to hit them over their heads with my pocketbook, but they just wouldnt give up. And in her early 20s, she actually tied the knot with a young man. Clark continued as host of the series, which was restored to its former hour length, and aired on stations including KYW-TV in Philadelphia; WWOR-TV in New York City (WWOR's superstation status also gave the program further national exposure); KTLA in Los Angeles; WMAQ-TV in Chicago; WDIV in Detroit; WEWS in Cleveland; WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee; and WCIX in Miami.. But if you subscribe and leave a comment you want to see the parade, I will do it.Remember to SUBSCRIBE TO MY FEED AS I UPLOAD MORE FROM MY ARCHIVES! However unethical his behavior may have been, his federal income tax records seemed to be in order. In an online page marking her 68th birthday on Nov. 23, 2011, Bandstand "documentarian" Charles W. Amann III posted: "The name Scaldeferri and American Bandstand go hand-in-hand. Steve Colanero, 66, a West Philadelphia transplant in Palm Beach, Fla., posted on Facebook a picture from the 1980s of himself with Clark. In other parts of the country, if you were a gay kid growing up, you were probably the only one in town who was gay, Sullivan said. running a series on drunken driving. My favorite dance was the Jitterbug the last dance where people danced together. Variety Shows Dick Clark took over as host in 1956, and the show made its network debut on ABC-TV on Aug. 5, 1957. Once the program went national upon its move to Los Angeles, new host Dick Clark decided that integration was the most responsible move. They were real kids from Philly, and if you watched every day, you could tell who was breaking up and who was making up. Set pieces from Soul Unlimited were utilized by Bandstand for its 19741978 set design. Clark "was a good man, but he wasn't as friendly with us as people may think," Colanero said. My parents were always there for me. Don Cornelius, the creator and host of Soul Train, along with Jesse Jackson, entered into a dispute with Clark over this upstart program, and it was canceled within a few weeks. American Bandstand Regulars Interview Frank Spagnuola 280 subscribers Subscribe 746 Share 82K views 5 years ago This is the interview with Arlene, Kenny, Frank and Carole about their days on. American Bandstand started life as a Philadelphia TV show in 1952, with Bob Horn as master of ceremonies. We only had three channels in those days. . "Two or three times during the show, Clark would introduce singers or groups who would lip-sync their latest hits." 2. When WFIL-TV moved to a new facility on City Line Avenue (one that did not have a studio that could accommodate the show), ABC moved production of Bandstand to the ABC Television Center (stage 5) in Los Angeles (now known as The Prospect Studios) on February 8, 1964, which coincidentally was the day before the Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. KENNY AND ARLENE. It also was a prototype for musical television properties including cable channel MTV and Fox's reality-competition show American Idol. California residents do not sell my data request. "Studio 'B'" measured 80 by 80 by 24 feet (24.4m 24.4m 7.3m), but appeared smaller due to the number of props, television cameras, and risers that were used for the show. Fiorentino was known on the show as "Nicky Blue.". When she heard the news of Clark's death Wednesday, Gibson immediately headed to Hollywood to be with other former Bandstand regulars at Clark's star on the Walk of Fame. The segment gave rise to the catchphrase "It's got a good beat and you can dance to it. This version introduced lyrics written by Manilow and Bruce Sussman, referencing elements of the series. "For all those who knew her throughout her life and for those who watched her dance on American Bandstand, Carole was full of love and full of God. Zach Shallcross Struggles to Watch Himself Dancing Terribly on The Bachelor, Alison Brie on Sex Scenes: 'We Are Actors, This Is Our Job'. "He made me feel that if you want something in life, you have to be serious about it.". In the wake of the quiz show scandal, however, a subcommittee of the House of Representatives set up hearings to determine if the practice should be made illegal. On May 3, 2002, Dick Clark hosted a one-off special 50th anniversary edition on ABC. When I used to walk down the streets of Philadelphia and be recognized, Id be called a Bandstand f*****.. With American Bandstand being originally located in Philadelphia, segregation easily affected the concentrated area. Finally, we got away and jumped over the turnstile. Mrs. Spada attended West Catholic Girls High School. American Bandstandsrelegation to a weekly schedule stripped it of much of its power as a potential hit song exposer, writes the music historian John Jackson. Another time, a dancer was thrown onto the subway tracks. "My heart hurts," said Gibson, a regular from 1959 to 1961. and scheduled the program at 3:30pm ETalmost in the middle of Bandstand. The dancers, as Teen wrote, were the "most famous unknowns on TV today. As two or three stations grab it off, you get less clearance, therefore you get less rating, and its an endless cycle. Bandstand originally used "High Society" by Artie Shaw as its theme song, but by the time the show went national, it had been replaced by various arrangements of Charles Albertine's "Bandstand Boogie", including Les Elgart's big-band recording remembered by viewers of the daily version. The Hand Jive. After a ten-month hiatus, Bandstand moved to cable on USA Network on April 8, 1989, with comedian David Hirsch taking over hosting duties. After school in the late 1950s, millions of American teenagers raced home to watch the gyrations of fellow teens on their parents tiny black-and-white televisions in the living room. Forget that. REGULARS Gallery 3. Wed stay up all night talking about boys, said Sullivan. It was no secret. On July 9, 1956, Horn was fired after a drunk-driving arrest, as WFIL and dual owner Walter Annenberg's The Philadelphia Inquirer were then JUSTINE AND BOB. at 3:30pm, then rejoin Bandstand at 4pm. I lived in very tough South Philadelphia, he says. Click here to see some of your favorites back in action. "My heart hurts," said Gibson, a regular from 1959 to 1961. I'm David Hirsch and, on behalf of American Bandstand, I bid you, for the last time, goodbye. . We'll see you then. Reply. It was a local show Philadelphia, Jersey, the Lehigh Valley [Pennsylvania]. I think [the shows success] even surprised Dick Clark.. In 1964 Dick Clark took Dick Clark Productions and American Bandstand to Hollywood, Los Angeles in search of new markets for his myriad projects. One market not telecasting Bandstand was Baltimore, Maryland, as local affiliate WAAM (now WJZ-TV) elected to produce a local dance show in the same afternoon time slot. To the left youll find original pictures of some of the Regulars. I went to coffee shops, but I also hung out in Rittenhouse Square and so did many of the dancers. However, the couple will shortly be returning to Los Angeles, which will be their permanent residence. They were introduced as a result of an email sent to the Fifties Web. In March of 1970 we moved to New Jersey. While occasionally black teens were allowed into the studio, they were generally boys. She also mentions a gay dancer who was pushed in the train tracks, and another who was dangled over an elevator shaft. Fiorentino, whose mother died when he was 12, said Clark became a role model. That might have had something to do with the scandal that surrounded the departure of his predecessor, Bob Horn, who faced a drunken-driving arrest and morals charges. She was one of the great stars of the Philadelphia years. Broadcast only on Saturdays after 1963, American Bandstand lost the homegrown vitality of the daily program in West Philadelphia. Sullivan was almost 14, the required age for the show, when she became a Regular. American Bandstand first aired 5 August 1957 in the 3-4:30 afternoon slot. She danced the "push" - a "type of jitterbug . The bare necessitiesThis kit packs $431 worth of premium skincare and haircare into a small packageand it's only $80 with the promo code. From 1974 to 1977, there was a newer, orchestral disco version of "Bandstand Boogie", arranged and performed by Joe Porter, played during the opening and closing credits. 1st song played on the national edition was Jerry Lee Lewis Whole Lotta Shaking Goin On.1st Guests: Billy Williams, ChordettesLast song on the ABC network was Laura Branigans Shattered Glass., See above pictureThe Stroll recorded by The Diamonds in 1958. It was horrible.. American Bandstand, abbreviated AB, is an American music-performance and dance television program that aired in various versions that aired regularly from 1952 to 1989,  and was hosted from 1956 until its final season by Dick Clark, who also served as the program's producer. The reality behind the scenes ofAmerican Bandstandwas quite different than what viewers saw on national television. Mixed REGULARS Galleries. The bashing of Bandstand regulars, gay and straight, happened all the time, Sullivan and Smith reveal. Kelly said he avoided Rittenhouse Square, knowing if he were seen there, theyd be banished, but it was an open secret that most of the boys on the show were gay. Oddly enough, I have never checked with the other Regulars to get their feedback. My mother thought I was nuts. Were goin hopin today Clark said this about Horn: Normally, I do not forward mail to the Regulars. Dick Clark, wherever you are, we miss you. . Dick Clarks tight control on the sexual expression of his cast extended to a denial years after the show had ended. From 1963 to 1987 Bandstand was on only once a week, on Saturday. As she puts it, being a Regular entailed holding a WFIL-TV Bandstand Club membership card and dancing every day on the show. REGULARS Gallery 2. We followed their dance steps on TV and their personal lives in Teen magazines. M Marsha Early American Bandstand Wallet type photos of Dancers/Regulars Sisters Mary Rosalie Susan 50s Susan Beltrante (on left) and Mary Beltrante on the right. Other performers including Brandy, members of KISS, Dennis Quaid and his band The Sharks, Cher, and Stevie Wonder also performed to remember the iconic program.. He had other irons in the fire. ABC gave Clark a choice: divest his music-related interests or step down as host of the show. Clark chose to continue withBandstand.3. View Our Classic TV Shows Directory In 1989, Clark, aged 59, retired fromAmerica Bandstand, and the show ended that year. The shy Sullivan pushed herself forward with the contact because she wanted to get on TV to impress her mother. Once when Sullivan and Rossi visited another show regular in North Philadelphia, "we were leaving her apartment and were headed to the El, and I heard car doors slamming, and I looked back, and all these guys were coming up the steps, and they started beating up on Kenny, she recalls. The kids who showed up every day (Bandstand aired every weekday afternoon for the first six years) knew all the most popular steps. In 2019, a trio of formerAmerican Bandstandregulars assembled a book on their experiences on the popular show. How a Beloved Tori Amos B-Side Transformed 'Of An Age'. Director Goran Stolevski talks assembling his gay indie's stellar soundtrack, from The Cardigans to Nelly Furtado and more. Everybody knew the names of The Regulars on Bandstand. Later, in hindsight, I guessed that made me the first white Rosa Parks. In other parts of the country, if you were a gay kid growing up, you were probably the only one in town who was gay, Sullivan says. "With Bandstand, WFIL resolved this tension by drawing on Philadelphia's interracial music scene to create an entertaining and profitable television show, while refusing to allow the city's black teenagers into the studio audience for fear of alienating viewers and advertisers. American Bandstand Regulars -- Justine Carrelli, Joe Fusco, Myrna Horowitz - The 3rd Degree - 1989 Bandstands Best 3.54K subscribers Subscribe 343 127K views 10 years ago THE USE OF ANY. Weekday afternoons were spent with the kids in Philly, the kids on American Bandstand. To many of you, it was about the music and the artists. The Saturday show would run until 1960. Whose Culture? In front of the camera, Clark called the shots. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Another time, a dancer was thrown onto the subway tracks. We may earn a commission from links on this page.  Ray Smith, Dancing on Air, in Arlene Sullivan, Ray Smith, and Sharon Sultan Cutler, eds.,Bandstand Diaries: The Philadelphia Years, 1956-1963(Chicago: Cony Island Press, 2019), 35. Hundreds of kids lined up each day hoping to be one of the few lucky ones who got to dance alongside the Regulars and share part of the magic that was American Bandstand. Dick Clark was a TV personality known for the shows 'American Bandstand,' '$25,000 Pyramid' and 'TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes,' among others. It was horrible., Smith says he was lucky to have escaped a beating.  On September 7, 1963, the program was moved from its weekday slot and began airing weekly every Saturday afternoon, restored to an hour, until 1989. Home Yesteryear Nostalgia Where Are the American Bandstand Regulars Now? Clark claimed that the affiliates got greedy and took the time back to put their own material on where they got 100 percent of the revenue. Words by Barry Manilow and Bruse Sussman, Were goin hoppin (Hop!) Elgart's version was released as a single in March 1954 (Columbia 40180) as well as Curb's theme (by "Mike Curb & The Waterfall") in October 1969 (Forward 124). One young performer was dangled down an elevator shaft. Norman passed away on December 6, 1990. Sadly we also lost: They were hurting him. "Dick Clark introduced records, and the camera followed teenagers as they selected partners to dance," writes historian Matthew Delmont. . . In August 1963, ABC reassigned American Bandstand to Saturday afternoon. American Bandstand Fundraiser Pictures, To my knowledge, no VHS tape of American Bandstand is commercially available. "Dangerous". EARLY BANDSTAND FASHIONS. Unlike Smith, she expresses no animosity toward Clark. Although, unlike some others, Carole never really had a steady dancing partner, she danced with all the good-looking Italian boys and that one special non-Italian whom everyone loved - Harvey Robbins. Delmont, Matthew F. (September 30, 2014). I never had a crush on her.  John A. Jackson,American Bandstand: Dick Clark and the Making of a Rock n Roll Empire(New York: Oxford University Press, 1997), chaps. GALLERY 4. Millions of kids from Brooklyn to Beverly Hills ran home from school every weekday to watch them dance, imitate their styles and fantasize about their lives. And then they leave the show, go up on the El, go home to their neighborhoods, they then had to run to their door because somebody was always waiting there to beat them up.. Cameraman Vince Gasbarro said: "Horn was old-looking. He kept his distance, she says. The short Snader and Official music films continued in the short term to fill gaps when dancers were changed during the showa necessity, because the studio could not fit more than 200 teenagers. 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American Bandstand, abbreviated AB, is an American music-performance and dance television program that aired in various versions that aired regularly from 1952 to 1989, and was hosted from 1956 until its final season by Dick Clark, who also served as the program's producer. I started going out to straight clubs.. ", Meet the Global Glamazons of 'Queen of the Universe' Season 2. Who will walk away with the crown this time around? I can honestly say that I was the most blessed person in the world the day I met Norman and he and I became steady dance partners., Meeting Norman [Clark] was a cool professional with an agenda from the beginning, an agenda for success that made him rich; he was a millionaire by the end of the 1950s. Clark joined Bandstand in 1956 and moved with the show to Hollywood in 1964. They were introduced as a result of an email sent to the Fifties Web. He would dance on the show until early 1960. This site is not endorsed by or associated with dick clark productions, inc. or its family of companies. One show from this first season (December 18, 1957, identified as the "Second National Telecast") is preserved in the archives of Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications. That really annoyed me, said Smith, Because quite a few of the Philadelphia dancers on Bandstand died of AIDS., According to Brancaccio, Clark didnt want racial integration on his show either. The Philadelphia high school Regulars who danced on Dick Clark's American Bandstand in the late 1950s and early 1960s became national celebrities and America's first reality stars. The Top 40 hits that everyone heard were matched with fun routines performed by relatable teenagers. e9.size = "300x250"; On the other hand, they had each other. 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