FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AMERICA’S MOST POPULAR TEEN DANCERS FROM 1950s AND EARLY 1960s
RETURN TO THE SPOTLIGHT IN NEW BOOK, BANDSTAND DIARIES
American Bandstand’s ‘Regulars’ Share Memories with Baby Boomer and Senior Fans
Chicago, March 21 – In the late 1950s and early 1960s, it was a weekday tradition for over 20 million teenagers and pre-teens to rush home from school to watch Dick Clark’s American Bandstand on their black-and-white television sets. The main attraction for most fans was watching their contemporaries –Philadelphia teenagers age 14 to 18– dance to pre-recorded rock ‘n’ roll music from the top 40 hits.
BANDSTAND DIARIES; The Philadelphia Years 1956 to 1963 is the first book to focus on these amateur dancers, known as the Regulars. Co-author Arlene Sullivan, one of the most popular Regulars then and now, said “Bandstand fans still remember us with love and adoration, even though it’s been over 50 years since we danced on the show.” She shares her memories of life lived in the spotlight in a special section of BANDSTAND DIARIES called “Arlene’s Diary.”
These Regulars were often known only by their first names, including Arlene and Kenny, Bob and Justine, Frani, Carole, Pat, Joe, Billy, Frankie, Joe, Myrna, and Flossie. They often achieved celebrity status themselves as they were mobbed wherever they went. Every month, the Regulars received thousands of letters, gifts, and even an occasional marriage proposal from fans across America. Most had one or more fan clubs with monthly newsletters. Fans of all ages copied their dance moves, fashions, hair styles and fads.
After American Bandstand moved to Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Regulars faded from national attention except for occasional television appearances, or magazine and newspaper stories. But fans who are nostalgic for their younger days in the 1950s and 1960s always wondered the same question: Whatever Became of…? BANDSTAND DIARIES includes over 40 interviews with Regulars plus tributes to famous Regulars who have died plus hundreds of photos taken by the Regulars and their fans.
American Bandstand: History of a TV Classic Dance Show.
... One of my favorite stories to have worked on - and blessed to win an Emmy for.... The early history of the TV Classic "American Bandstand".... Posting it again for the fans of the show and story in Philly, PA.... Big thanks to my friend and editor, Charlene Love#AmericanBandstandPosted by Tim Estiloz on Friday, March 29, 2013