// Aug 15 2011

AMERICAN BANDSTAND — CHARLES W AMANN III — GIVE ME A PAT

MONDAY MIDNIGHT MAGIC –

Yes indeed, The Keeper of the Keys is burning the midnight oil again!

For all those Pat Carpino worshipers, here finally, at long last and back by popular demand — and in high resolution to boot — is a photo from my friend John Marshall of Getty Images/ABC Archives copyright to me.

Heeeeeerrrreeees PAT!

The year is 1963 and Pat is looking quite demure with his downward gaze at that hard floor. I bet he is contemplating whether or not to take a vote from all the American Bandstand Regulars and present it to Dick Clark requesting the installation of wall-to-wall carpeting. Could be possible….could be….may be possible.

Whatever the case, for all you girls whose hearts go pitter-patter for Pat, here he is in heart-racing high resolution.

Click and/or double click the photo to cut in.

A word of caution: Please, watch that you don’t knock over Gary Stapleford who seems quite involved with his slow dance moves. Did you know that Gary did a mean South Street and was an all-round great dancer? You didn’t know? hmmmmmm

To the left you’ll see Anna Russo….and more and more on the floor. Why, it is just a banquet of Bandstand’s Best.

Thanks all you guys for stopping by, and a big special thanks to all you blog posters. Tonight my stats went through the Bandstand roof — biggest one day visits ever.

You guys are the greatest. I don’t care what anyone says! :-)

Ciao for now….

10 Responses to “AMERICAN BANDSTAND — CHARLES W AMANN III — GIVE ME A PAT”

  1. COOL; ANOTHER TREASURE; GREAT PIX OF BOTH PAT AND GARY; LOVED GARY HE HAD A CREW CUT FOR AWHILE JUST LIKE MY DAD; AND HE COULD REALLY DANCE COOL; AND BEAUTIFUL SHOT OF ANNA; THANKS; LOVED THIS ONE!

  2. Chris Smith says:
    August 16, 2011 at 12:23 am

    1963 is far more important in American Bandstand’s history than I once believed. Is it just me or does there appear to be an entirely different lighting of the Bandstand set during 1963? I wonder if a new lighting director came on the scene during 1963 or is it because the shows were all taped and this required different lighting from the live broadcasts? To me, it appears darker and different from the 1962 Bandstand lighting. I am curious to know how many shows were taped on the weekends in 1963. Obviously, that Philadelphia dancing magic was still very much at play right up to the last Philadelphia show that was taped in January 1964.

    This 1963 photograph is another rare gem that is now preserved for future generations who study this important period in American history.

  3. Sue Cassidy Wilson says:
    August 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    LOVE the photo, as you knew I would. Who’s the gal dancing with Pat? I can almost picture the girl’s face…Carol something? I know it’s not his regular partners: Michelle, Ailene or Lorraine. I think the gal I’m thinking of was named Carol Per….??? Can’t get it. But I’m not sure she was on in this time period. I can see her dancing with Steve Lewis. Persimmon? Persimi? Davey, Help!!

    P.S. — Where’s the Eddie Kelly contest???

  4. Sue Cassidy Wilson says:
    August 17, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I don’t think it’s her (Carol) anyhow — Carol’s hair was blonder. However, being a female, I noticed something that you guys would not notice. She’s wearing reinforced heel & toe stockings — Lord, how I hated those!! They didn’t “run” as easily, but looked unsightly with open-toed (or open-heeled) shoes!!

    • Donna Vronek says:
      August 17, 2011 at 8:36 am

      Sue, I think you are thinking of Carole Persiani. Pat’s partner looks a little like Phyllis Hackyl from behind but hard to tell. And I agree with you about the stocking with the reinforced heel – I noticed that right away as I was looking at all the shoes. We girls always notice stuff like that!

  5. Morning, Donna…

    Right you are! Yes, it is Carol Persiani to whom Sue is referring.

    I’m going to get another high resolution shot up for you and everyone to critique. This one will be from a different angle.

    I will continue in this vain with these high resolution shots so that we are sure to make things perfectly clear Ha!

    Your memory and recognition skills are impressive.

    It’s great to have you hangin’ out here….

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