An hour-long PBS pledge special celebrating the experiences
of the original Bandstand dancers during Philadelphia’s
golden days of rock’n’roll
Remember Bob and Justine?
Eddie Kelly and Bunny Gibson?
In a daily ritual, hundreds of High School
students lined up each day outside the 46th Street Studio
in Philadelphia for a chance to dance on the live television
show, American Bandstand. A select number of those who made
it in on most days became the "Regulars," national role
models and celebrities for three hours each day, receiving
volumes of fan mail...until their 18th birthdays! The program
reassembles Dick Clark, the "Regulars" (now in their 50's),
select program staffers, rare personal mementos and rare
show clips. The dancers speak candidly about this life-altering
experience that all agree could never happen again.
*How the Kids Became "Regulars"
*The Upside and Downside to Teenage Celebrity
*Setting the Dance Trends for the Nation
*The On-Air Romances that Captured the Nation’s Imagination
*Getting Banned from Bandstand
*And the Legacy that Continues Today...
Join the original Bandstand Regulars
in a replica of Pop Singer's fountain shop...
Bob Clayton, Justine Carrelli, Arlene Sullivan, Eddie Kelly,
Bunny Gibson, Joanne Monte Carlo, Dottie Horner, Frankie
Spagnuola, Carmen Jiminez, Barbara Marcen, "Little Roe"
Fergione, Jack Fisher and others... Interviews with Dick
Clark... Executive Producer Lew Klein... Radio legends Ed
Hurst and Joe Niagra... Show Cameraman Marvin Brooks...
And Bandstand Fan Club President, David Frees... Oodles
of original scrapbooks, photos, personal mementos... Rare
archival film clips and a "rock’n’roll" soundtrack...
Original Bandstand Studio enters a new,
TELEDUCTION joined the Philadelphia Enterprise Center (PEC)
in a 40th anniversary celebration of American Bandstand
on August 5, 1997 at the historic 46th and Market Studio.
The program was shown to commemorate the historical designation
of the site and its grand opening as the home of the PEC,
a non-profit organization designed to revitalize economically
depressed urban neighborhoods by empowering low-income minorities
with entrepreneurial skills, resources, and opportunities.
Some forty years later, PEC seeks to recreate Bandstand’s
entrepreneurial tradition and represent the gateway to success
for entrepreneurs looking to "hit it big" in the business