AMERICAN BANDSTAND — EDDIE KELLY AND JUDY LEIBOWITZ — FRANI GIORDANO AND FRANKIE AVALON GRACE THE PAGES OF THE SATURDAY EVENING POST
WEDNESDAY WITNESS —
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As you will come to learn, few articles featuring the American Bandstand Regulars existed before June of 1959 when Pat Molittieri first appeared on the cover of ‘Teen Magazine; and rarely did articles appear in the more mainstream traditional magazines outside the teen magazines of the time.
This article from The Saturday Evening Post is, of course, on Dick Clark and titled I Call on Dick Clark and is dated October 10, 1959.
The American Bandstand Regulars in the photos go unidentified, and it is curious.
Here we have Frankie Avalon spotlighting with a very pretty teenager. The captioned mentions Frankie Avalon but doesn’t identify the young lady with whom he is dancing. That young lady is Frani Giordano and that young lady was more than likely as popular and well-known at that time as the nineteen year old with whom she is dancing.
The other shot is of American Bandstand’s ambassador, the incomparable Eddie Kelly. He is partnering with Judy Leibowitz. They also go unidentified in the caption but were very well-known as well.
This is before Bunny. Bunny Gibson did not arrive to the show until very, very late 1959.
Here we have another tidbit of the times. It wasn’t long after this that the magazines began to put a Regular name to a face — as it should have been.
Ciao for now…..