// Aug 22 2012

AMERICAN BANDSTAND — EDDIE KELLY AND JUDY LEIBOWITZ — FRANI GIORDANO AND FRANKIE AVALON GRACE THE PAGES OF THE SATURDAY EVENING POST

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WEDNESDAY WITNESS —

Hi, Hi…..

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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…..

4 Responses to “AMERICAN BANDSTAND — EDDIE KELLY AND JUDY LEIBOWITZ — FRANI GIORDANO AND FRANKIE AVALON GRACE THE PAGES OF THE SATURDAY EVENING POST”

  1. Chris Smith says:
    August 22, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I am continually amazed to find that such a variety of newsmagazines did photo shoots inside of Studio B. These photos from The Saturday Evening Post are quite interesting. I am amazed that you are still discovering so many different sources that provide such details of a particular time period inside Studio B. I particularly enjoy shots where the photographer could position himself somewhere on the actual dance floor, in order to get wide shots of those many faces in the bleachers. Each photographer that you feature has his/her own style and this brings a richness to the historical documentation that you so aptly provide for us. When I see photographs such as the two featured in this thread, I always know there may be something I have not seen before and it is such a treat. It must be fascinating from the standpoint of historian to discover shots from so many sources that few people have seen or remember from the original publication dates. It always makes me wonder what photographs did not make it into the various publications. I imagine you “discover” many such nuggets in the process of your research and it must be quite rewarding for you.

    Good find, Charles!

  2. david frees says:
    August 22, 2012 at 11:50 am

    COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL; WORKING IN A LOCAL STORE PUTTING AWAY GROCERIES THEN MAGAZINES ON THE SHELF I DISCOVED THE FRANI & ALVIN TEEN; I WAS HOOKED; TOTALLY FLIPPED WHEN I SEEN IT; STILL YES STILL WAITING FOR FRANI TO SIGN MINE; HHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE

  3. david frees says:
    August 22, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    love these pictures ; i,m spotting dear MYRNA and a back of JIMMY MURPHY on the FRANKIE/ FRANI pix!!!!!!!!

  4. awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww; STILL WAITING for my FRANI/ALVIN JAN 1960 TEEN to be signed by FRANI>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>??????????? OH WELL!!!!

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