Confessions of a Camera Hog

Edited for content and clarity Confessions of a Camera Hog By: Ed Kelly Camera Hog per Urban Dictionary:  A person that likes to be in "the center" of pictures always "wanting" to be in pictures. I was an absolute camera hog.  I think most of the American Bandstand...

Meeting Bobby Rydell

Edited for content and reading purposes. Shirley Baney Meets Bobby Rydell By Shirley Baney The Biggest Show of Stars came to Pittsburgh I was 12 years old in 1960. I begged, prayed, and pleaded to be able to go see my biggest teen crush! My Step-Dad said he would try...

WHERE CAN I SEE AMERICAN BANDSTAND RERUNS?

THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING BANDSTAND RERUNS George Yates As told to Sharon Sultan Cutler   The question on Bandstand fans’ minds is how and when will they be able to see reruns of American Bandstand, especially from the early years 1956 through 1964. The answer is not...

A Bandstand Diaries Exclusive: My Friend Myrna Horowitz

Edited for content and reading purposes A Bandstand Diaries Exclusive My Friend Myrna Horowitz By: Ed Kelly Most people remember Myrna as the girl with the brace due to her fight with polio. But she was also an inspiring, resilient, kind, loving, personable...

American Bandstand Essay by Albert Koch

  By: Albert Koch of Dyer, Indiana Excerpted from: BANDSTAND DIARIES: The Philadelphia Years 1956-1963                                 AMERICAN BANDSTAND  American Bandstand made its ABC Television network debut on August 5, 1957.  This five-day-a-week sock hop came...

The A,B,C,’s of American Bandstand: Part 3

(edited for clarity and reading purposes) By Eddie Kelly "C" GROUP (1961 - 1964):  I was not around for this group, therefore I do not have much to say.  These Regulars went on to receive mail, have fan clubs, feature magazine articles and dancer contests just like...

The A, B, C’s of American Bandstand: Part 2

Edited for reading and clarity By Eddie Kelly "B" GROUP (1959 - 1961):  There were so many Regulars during this time and too many to mention.  Forgive me!  Frani and Carole really came into their own during this time. Carmen & Ivette came on the scene like a tornado....

The A,B,C’s of American Bandstand: Part 1

Edited for reading and clarity By Eddie Kelly "A' GROUP (1956 - 1959): Justine, Bob, Arlene, Kenny.  If you need to know their last names you never watched American Bandstand.  I call them the "Fab Four" a/k/a The "Phenomenon".  They put American Bandstand on the map...

Bandstand Question and Answer

By: Ray Smith   When talking about American Bandstand, there are several common questions that come up about what it was like behind the scenes. Here are some that Ray has answered for you.   Why was the age range of the dancers 14-18 ? The producers of the show,...

Marilyn Thom Donovan’s American Bandstand Experience

 We had lunch at the Old Bookbinder’s Restaurant, and after having a delicious meal, Fran drove us to American Bandstand.  We went to Pop Singer’s drugstore and had cokes and talked to all the kids.  Fran was able to see and meet many of the regulars there.