// May 10 2011

AMERICAN BANDSTAND – DICK CLARK – THE MISSING TAPES

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THE MISSING TAPES*

I was blessed to have had the full cooperation of many of the Regulars who dug deep down inside their treasure chests of memorabilia. Fans and collectors provided a wealth of photos and articles, and the extended Bandstand community was invaluable. Through these writings, news clippings and magazines I built a defense against the exaggerations, contradictions, slanted perceptions and misconceptions – all to be expected over the course of five decades.

In mapping the teen trail, referencing and cross referencing, comparing news clippings with interviews with the Regulars, fans, DJ’s and related sources, I distilled and sorted collective data for a compelling consensus of information.

Though my research yielded more than I ever hoped for, there was the rare time I did come up empty-handed.

One significant mystery continued to remain unsolved, that of the whereabouts of the approximately two thousand Philadelphia kinescope reels of the show — one person would tell me they thought they were destroyed, another believed Clark was hoarding them, some had heard they were stolen. All of these tales were unverifiable until one day….

I discovered something….

*Excerpt — The Princes and Princesses of Dance/The Follies of Fame

Ciao for now….

9 Responses to “AMERICAN BANDSTAND – DICK CLARK – THE MISSING TAPES”

  1. Hi Pockets Duncan says:
    May 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Where is the missing Buddy Holly footage? He performed “It’s So Easy” “Heartbeat” “That’ll Be The Day” and fans have been waiting patiently for years and years for them to surface. Will they ever??

  2. Chris Smith says:
    May 12, 2011 at 1:56 am

    One of the most watched American Bandstand taped broadcasts, Backstage Bandstand was telecast on December 5, 1961. This must have survived. The golden era of Bandstand to me would be the years of 1960, 1961 and 1962. They certainly must have complete taped shows from these years. Perhaps the entire issue surrounding episodes taped but never re-broadcast or sold to the public, has more to do with copyrights and clearances, but I have never been able to figure out why these episodes would not have been packaged and sold to the millions of Bandstand fans of these Philadelphia years. It has puzzled me for years. By 1963, if I am not mistaken, American Bandstand had been chopped down to a mere thirty minutes a day by the network executives, and of course in August of that year Bandstand became a once a week broadcast. The fact that it was no longer a live broadcast also diminished the magic of American Bandstand but reducing the air time killed it off for many of us. The music and the superior dancing by the Regulars were most exciting for me during those three golden years. I bet there is a vault somewhere that may contain a number of video tapes of these American Bandstand years.

  3. wow; thinking back i remember some of the shows were taped because of aDIC CLARK traveling or other reasons and my fav DANCE CONTEST of all time WAS DEFINATELY TAPED BECAUSE I REMEMBER THEY SHOWED THE WINNING ANNOUNCEMENT THREE TIMES THAT DAY; had to be taped and re-played same day; and i hollored and jumped everytime i seen it; had a guy say he HAD THE ENTIRE SHOW ON TAPE only to find he disapeared and never heard from him again; what a shame would be HEAVEN to have a few shows in our OLDER (HEHHEEHEHEHEHEH0 AGE; however the memories REMAIN IN MY MIND; AT LEAST WHILE I STILL HAVE IT; THOSE WERE ‘MAGIC’ days!

  4. P.S. ANOTHER FAV DANCE CONTEST I LOOOOOOOOOOOVED WAS THE 1960 FAST DANCE CONTEST; so few pictures; too sad; wish more of CARMEN JIMENEZ with that cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool beehive hairdo that day!

  5. I am an ex-dancer on AB, i danced on the show from 1/71-12/71. I need to find Season 14, episode 33 if anyone can help?

  6. Hi Charles,

    So glad we are back in touch after so many years. Your bio sounds so interesting I can’t wait to read your book. Where and when can i get it? I want it hot off the press!

    The pictures you have posted on my Facebook are amazing. I am getting so many replies from friends and family saying a blast from the past, so true. Times were so different then.

    Again you are a true gem, glad we reconnected.

    Love,

    Donna

  7. DONNA FUSARO; you are making us all happppppppppppppppppppppppppppy ALL OVER AGAIN; GOD BLESS YOU!

  8. George Yates says:
    August 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Hi,

    I’m so glad I found your website! My dad was Ed Yates – director of American Bandstand.

    My dad started directing AB at WFIL in 1952-53 during the Bob Horn years and then when the show was picked up by ABC in Aug ’57. Maybe, you bumped into him at some point? Anyway, Dick brought my Dad out to CA in ’65 to direct AB because he wasn’t satisfied with the local directing talent.

    I’ve always been a big fan of Bandstand and was lucky enough to dance on a few shows. (I wasn’t old enough for Philly so had to settle for the California American Bandstand)

    I would love to swap stories with you and some of the regulars! (And pictures too!)

    George

    Oh, my dad did make a list of all the AB kinescopes that were available as of 1969 @ Dick Clark Productions.

    • Hi George,

      A pleasure to hear from you. I am sure, and I can speak for others, in saying it would be a pleasure hearing yours stories. Your father was a valuable asset to Bandstand.

      Stay in touch….

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