Upcoming book looks at Philly's 'Bandstand' dancers and host Dick Clark
With apologies to Barry Manilow:
"We're going reading
We're going reading today
Where things are poppin' (Pop)
The Philadelphia way
We're gonna drop in (Drop)
On all the music they play
On the Bandstand (Bandstand)"
If you remember those days In the late 1950s and early 1960s, when Philadelphia was the music capital of America, be prepared to revel in the book Bandstand Diaries: The Philadelphia Years 1956 to 1963, coming this summer.
The book will focus on the "Regulars," the amateur dancers who made Bandstand a TV phenomenon and catapulted host Dick Clark to fame (and later, to Los Angeles).
Co-author Arlene Sullivan, one of the most popular Regulars, said in a statement: "Bandstand fans still remember us today with love and adoration, even though it's been over 50 years since we danced on the show."
Written with Sharon Sultan Cutler, the coffee table book will look back at Arlene and Kenny, Bob and Justine, Frani, Carole, Pat, Joe, Billy, Frankie, Joe, Myrna, and Flossie, and include 40 current interviews, 250 photos and tributes to Regulars who are now deceased.
So if you're getting nostalgic to spin your 45's and do The Twist, you can order Bandstand Diaries through an Indiegogo Crowdfunding campaign here.