And the cars have it...

January 25, 2018 @ 4:38 PM
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As a teenager in the late 1950s and early 1960s, we all knew how important cars were to us. This is something that was universal and we could certainly share that fascination with our American Bandstand friends. We might never have been able to hop in one of their automobiles and taken a few rides around Philly with them, but we could definitely appreciate any picture their fan clubs or visitors to Bandstand could share with us. So take take a ride along with me as I show here some of the cars that the Regulars of Early American Bandstand had their fun in and with. Many of these pictures were shared with me from personal collections of both the Regulars themselves and many fans--and sometimes from vintage magazines of the day.

Arlene DiPietro in front of a car that looks like a 1960s Ford to me. Anytime someone has a definite correction to cars, let me know, as I only know from my years of going to car shows but am by no means the final word on vintage automobiles.

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The ever popular Jimenez sisters (Ivette and Carmen) parked near the studio and ready to go hit the dance floor. Pic courtesy Don Gillis private collection.

Above pic shows Frani Giordano getting in to her new red convertible won in a dance contest on American Bandstand and the pic immediately below shows Frani with another Regular, Judy Leibowitz atop that same red convertible.

Justine Carrelli in late 60s infront of her home and automobile

And Frani wasn't the only Regular to win an automobile in a dance contest. Below are Arlene Sullivan and Kenny Rossi who won this unusually cute 1957 Isetta BMW. I did an entire Blog Topic titled I WON, I WON in July 2011.

KennyRossi loved cars and here are a couple of pics of him with his new car taken in front of his home on July 4, 1960--from Don Gillis' private collection taken when he visited American Bandstand on that same day.

and now to Pat Molittieri and her new car>
--picture courtesy Bonnie Baker's private collection given to my website

above pic of Pat Molittieri's new car is courtesy Don Gillis

And below we have fan Terry Tolas with Carole Scaldeferri in the Bandstand parking lot with lots of cars of the day

Below is Justine Carrelli and Pat Molittieri tooling around in Pat's new car--such fun. Courtesy Justine.

And below is Justine Carrelli with her date, taking a drive in a>

And we cannot forget Regular Arlene Sullivan sporting around in her new convertible

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Oct 16, 2015 - Another Fashion Friday

October 16, 2015 @ 5:19 AM
This Fashion Friday is dedicated to Carole Scaldeferri-Spada. Since she was one of the fashion girls of Early American Bandstand, she often appeared in fashion articles back in the day of newsstand magazines. When you see the many pictures of her, you will well understand why. Her Cousin Diana Benero also had a lovely wardrobe and much of that was thanks to Diana's mother (Carole's Aunt) who could turn any piece of fabric in to fashion magic. She could make her own patterns and whenever she sewed something for Diana, people took notice and many compliments followed. So you can see that this fashion sense ran in the family. I have featured some of Diana's coats in the past and now we view some of Carole's. It must have been great
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Besides American Bandstand...

July 20, 2014 @ 5:56 PM
in the late 50s/early 60s we had another tremendously popular TV show--MAVERICK.

I know all my family certainly tuned in to watch MAVERICK like I tuned in daily to watch AMERICAN BANDSTAND. Didn't we have some wonderful shows in the great 1950s! It's so very sad to realize today that James Garner who played Bret in Maverick and was Rockford in the Rockford files has just passed away...I read of natural causes. He was 86 and leaves his wife of 58 years and 2 daughters. I used to have a HOLLYWOOD HANDSOME gallery on my website and James Garner was always so very prominent there and the opening picture here was on that page as long as it existed. In my opinion, James Garner was one of those very manly men. I didn't find many who didn't
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Giordano Italian Market

July 18, 2014 @ 11:53 PM
When we think of cutie American Bandstand Regular Frani Giordano, there are lots of memories and connections. Of course the strongest memory is of her dancing across our 1950s small TV sets.
The magazines of the day showed her having summer fun with friends and Regulars at her folks' Sea Isle New Jersey Home
We only had to look at the beautiful condition of her hair to know Frani had the best of products and probably salons to make it that special, and we assumed rightly that she was one of the more privileged dancers on the show...just look at those stylish clothes she had!

What most of us did not know was that her family for many years owned Giordano's Italian Market in Philly--a very successful market that has survived through the ...
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The Bachelor & the Bobby Soxer...well sort of...

February 6, 2013 @ 3:18 AM

Though most of us recall the real Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer as Cary Grant and Shirley Temple, I thought I would have a little fun with this because here we have Bachelor Sean Lowe of 2013 and our very own "bobby soxer" Bunny Gibson.. How many times we saw her in her bobby socks on the American Bandstand dance floor in late 50s/early 60s. Bunny just sent this neat picture on February 5 and I am happy and privileged to be able to bring it to you. In her words: "Marsha, Tonight 7:00 on Extra...went there for my daughter, Maria, who loves The Bachelor show. Met him and he was so nice - even left a message for Maria on the phone that he was "rooting for her". A really decent and caring man.....and Maria's heart lit up when she heard the ......
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A Bunny Gibson exclusive...

December 8, 2012 @ 10:56 AM

In Bunny's words, here is an exclusive she has given to my website: "Hi Marsha~~~ Again, coming full circle from dancing on American Bandstand as a teenager to dancing on "Two and a Half Men." Booked four days on "Two and a Half Men" as a Principal Dancer performing with John Cryer and Ashton Kutcher in my scene, which I have to keep secret now, but I can tell you that it will be shown in January as the finale - 12th show - of half of their season. Fun show to do and a big surprise in store for everyone - huge finale!!! Had my own trailer."
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Watch inscription...

November 30, 2012 @ 3:47 PM

Above is one of the copies that Pop's daughter, Ruth, and his granddaughter, Lynne, sent me quite some time ago. It shows the watch that Dick Clark gave to Pop Singer with an inscription of special thanks. Dick knew very well how to say "thank you" and we his fans and those who loved him and those who were in his life also know how to say "thank you." What better time to do it once again than on his birthday, November 30th. And in my other blog topic today, I have done a brief word and photo thank you as well to Dick Clark.
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Sweet Little Sixteen ~ have you ever seen so many regulars!

November 14, 2012 @ 5:42 AM
My friend Nina discovered this wonderful video when her friend Norma stumbled upon it. Now some of you may have seen this already, but if not, you are in for a treat. I don't recall seeing that many Regulars in the audience of a video before. Sweet Little Sixteen At about 0.11, again at 1:06, then at 1:27 & lastly at about 2:35, you will see American Bandstand Regulars living it up to the sounds of Mr. Chuck Berry. Just some of the ones I have seen in the audience are The MonteCarlo sisters, Ronald J. Caponigro, Mary Ann Cuff, Rosemary Beltrante, Charlette Russo, Frank Brancaccio, Nino Bambino, Mary Beltrante, Tony Porrini and more... This is a wealth of the Early American Bandstand Regulars from the late 1950s. Enjoy!
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November 5, 2012 @ 3:53 PM

Hello everyone...I have not been here much in the past week as it has been a week of sheer stunning emotions, pictures, and efforts to help in whatever way my friends and I can. As priorities, the concern first was to find out about friends and loved ones. Sometimes emotions run too high and there is too much communication and work to be done in the help of humanity and my little website has to take a backseat. We are all still very much in shock. I only recall one event that kept me as much in front of the TV and that was the horrific tsunami in Japan. Super Storm Sandy had many of those aspects. We think nothing like that can ever happen here until it happens.

Recovery and clean-up is the high priority now and people are still ...

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Fashion Fridays ~ 10/26/2012

October 27, 2012 @ 1:51 AM
It has been a recognized fact throughout the decades--actually throughout the centuries--that no one single fashion gets a woman going more than a wedding dress/bridal gown. Her own wedding gown is dreamed about and planned from early childhood on. This is something we girls have in common that just isn't found in the male world. We scan bridal magazines and any shop we pass--and the more high-end the better, since this is what we hope will be our once in a lifetime day. You might say for the majority of girls it can lead to almost a mania--their Raison d'ĂȘtre so I thought it would be fun to go back through some of my AB pictures and put the American Bandstand brides and bridesmaids. We cannot leave out the bridesmaids and maid of
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