There were few who were more famous from the Philadelphia Bandstand years than our Carole Scaldeferri. Not only was she one of the prettiest young girls on the show but — to my mind — one of the best dancers. She never lost the style. I should know — I’ve danced with her several times.
Carole has that dark Italian earthy quality of those famous movie stars of her period — Sophia Loren, Anna Magnani and Silvana Mangano and more. Italian movie directors of the likes of Fellini, Visconti and Antonioni never stepped foot in Studio B, or they would have walked off with thier next leading lady.
Although, unlike some others, Carole never really had a steady dancing partner, she danced with all the good-looking Italian boys and that one special non-Italian whom everyone loved — Harvey Robbins. Single and/or double click on the collage to see the boys from Bandstand and Carole’s friends.
The name Scaldeferri and American Bandstand go hand-in-hand. She was one of the great stars of the Philadelphia years. I was so pleased when I donated the large photo of her from my collection — dancing with her dear friend and mine, the late Joe Fusco — and had it boldly exhibited on the wall where the bleachers once stood in Studio B, the American Bandstand studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was important for me that both of them be remembered and honored in that room.
Everyone, please come onboard and wish Carole Scaldeferri Spada a very, very Happy Birthday and many, many more to come.
Ciao for now…..