Paradise Cove, Malibu, CA...

August 28, 2012 @ 4:18 AM

above picture taken by Diana Benero 8/13/2012. Here's a link to a wonderful page that has professionally done pictures of this wonderful location ~ Paradise Cove. Below are some more pictures that Diana Benero candidly shot on 8/13/2012, when we spent some fun hours here.

You might be asking yourself what Malibu has to do with American Bandstand...well let me explain. Not only has it been the long-time location of Dick Clark's home, but it also was a location for the filming of Gidget with Sandra Dee, who was married to Bobby Darin who performed on American that's pulling it all together in a roundabout way. In addition, I have had the good fortune to become friends with American Bandstand Regular Diana Benero....
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Frani Giordano x2...

August 26, 2012 @ 12:43 AM
Here are two pictures of Frani on same day at Bandstand, sent in separately by two friends with personal AB collections--one from Terry Tolas and the other from her friend of many decades, Bonnie Baker.

It is so obvious that the pictures were taken on the same day, with Frani in that adorable straight skirt and with Terry Tolas in both pictures. In one, Frani's face is in the shadows so I was happy to realize I had a more clear one that same day showing Frani's lovely face and hairstyle. This was on a day that Terry Tolas again went to American Bandstand. I believe that is Pop Singer's back to the camera in one of the two pictures. to find more than 1 picture on the same day (and it happens sometimes) which helps ...
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Little Blonde Dynamo Joan Buck...

August 23, 2012 @ 12:09 AM

Adorable little blonde dynamo AB Regular Joan Buck with Terry Tolas who contributed this exclusive one-of-a-kind picture for your viewing pleasure. I was not able to improve the quality of the picture, but it's still so noteworthy because Joan didn't get in as many pictures as she deserved to be in. She was always one of my favorites. They should have called her "sunshine." I felt similarly about another little blonde dynamo Regular by name of Peggy Thompson. These two Regulars were lots of fun to watch on the show; they just made you feel happy. Watching Joan dance with Jimmy Peatross was always a treat, as they were one of the best dance duos the show ever had.
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Rare & Exclusive Dick Clark photo...

August 22, 2012 @ 5:43 PM

...and Mr. Tolas holding his wife's handbag" :)) This picture has never been seen by the viewing public before and it is exclusive to my website courtesy Terry Tolas and her private collection. Many of her pictures and many of my other collections are exclusive to my website and were not seen before their arrival here. Without the friends and visitors who have come to my website, I would never have been fortunate enough to have such priceless history of the early days of American Bandstand. Dick Clark himself expressed his thoughts to me when he said my site was "remarkable" and he added "I really appreciate it." You can see his letter to me on my website as well. Dick Clark would never acknowledge a website that wasn't doing right...
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Mr. Groff & Diana at Wildwood Museum July 2012

August 22, 2012 @ 4:32 AM

This is a picture of Mr. Groff and Diana Benero, taken by Diana's cousin Toni Kay at the Wildwood Museum in July 2012. Per Diana, Mr. Groff's family owned one of her favorite restaurants in Wildwood and her mom always recommended his restaurant to her hotel guests. Diana has so many good memories from there and all the tasty meals and the good pies. Diana has shared other Wildwood pictures with us and you can see them on her page at my website. And don't you just think of Bobby Rydell each time you hear the word WILDWOOD?! I think you will find this link interesting of a page with vintage pictures of Groff's. Enjoy: Groff's Restaurant
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Diana's Summer Vacations 2012

August 20, 2012 @ 3:49 AM

Above picture is courtesy Diana Benero from her trip to Philly and Wildwood this July 2012. The picture is some blurred and I believe Diana said it was because her camera battery was about to give out. Left to right: Richard Spada, Toni Kay, Carole Scaldeferri-Spada, and Diana Benero. Almost every summer, Diana returns to Philadelphia and visits with Cousin Carole and Toni Kay. She also spends a number of days at the Jersey Shore and revisits her memories of when she was a little girl growing up and helping her folks with the hotel they owned in Wildwood close to the beach. The beach is in Diana's blood and it's so fun to talk with her about those happy days of hers.

As most of you know, Carole & Diana are not only first cousins, ...

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Carole Scaldeferri visits Pop Singer's Place...

August 16, 2012 @ 5:33 AM

I haven't seen too many photos of Carole Scaldeferri inside Pop Singer's place, so I was delighted when this week I received more exclusive pictures from Terry Tolas' private collection. Terry went to American Bandstand and became friends with Regular Pat Molittieri and was in photos with a number of the Regulars which you will see as I begin to show more and more of her collection. Terry Tolas has been a life-long friend of Bonnie Baker who has also provided a great many vintage American Bandstand photos from the Philly years. These two ladies have been so gracious and generous in sharing their special memories with us and we thank them for preserving the photos and fan club materials all these years. Many of the pictures are
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Keep the memories & keep smiling for American Bandstand...

August 14, 2012 @ 10:28 PM

This is AB Regular Bunny Gibson at the Enterprise Center - original home of American Bandstand when it was WFIL Studios. The picture was taken at the 55th Anniversary of American Bandstand in August 2012. It's nice to see Bunny so pretty and upbeat (and always the smile)--well representing the happy days of that time. Thank you, Bunny, for your efforts to make sure that Dick Clark, the show, and the Regulars are well remembered. The studio was and still is really their home. Anyone wanting to read the history of American Bandstand has plenty of opportunity by selecting any of the books to which Dick Clark lent his name. "ROCK, ROLL, and REMEMBER" (authored by Dick Clark) is a good one. You can also obtain many of the magazines
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