// Jul 01 2012




I promised a surprise and here we have it.

I returned today from an all day shooting at the American Bandstand Studio for the first filmed tour of Studio B by the American Bandstand Regulars. It was an historical moment.

Leading the brigade of American Bandstand stars were my dear friends Justine Carrelli and Bob Clayton and Eddie Kelly and Carmen Jimenez. Joining us were American Bandstand Regulars of renown — those marvels of the Mashed Potato national contest winners — Marlyn Brown and Diane Iaquinto. And my super friends Barbara Marcen and Jimmy Hudson, Bandstand’s Best from the Bob Horn days, were there to round out the Bandstand bunch.

And the list of friends would not be full if I did not include the president of The Enterprise Center, Della Clark, who joined me on camera for a chat about our ongoing work in the preservation of American Bandstand and her efforts in The Enterprise Center’s support of minority start up business endeavors, and so much more that The Enterprise Center is doing under Della’s stewardship.

Massi Bertozzi, our videographer, assisted by my personal assistant, and all around jack-of-all-trades, young Christain Carcaman, spent the day filming that hallowed hall called Studio B, the original location of American Bandstand in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, and the American Bandstand Regulars who put 46th and Market Street on the map!

On this hot day we weren’t leaving the cool, and I catered a very nice brunch; and I brought down special pastries personally made for me by Chef Andrea Soldini of Lievito Restaurant fame.

In the ongoing days, I will be posting several stills from the filming, and we will be in editing for a couple of weeks before it will be going live on our YouTube channel, BandstandsBest, and to be announced here in the magical kingdom of The Princes and Princesses of Dance.

So for the first of many memories, above I present to you American Bandstand legends Justine Carrelli and Bob Clayton posing in front of the American Bandstand mural, and looking just fantastic.

It was a joyful occasion with lots of love and laughs. It’s always that way when the Philadelphia American Bandstand Regulars gather together. It is bond that cannot be broken.

The Bandstand bunch was abuzz with the news of the first ever sidewalk plaque honoring The American Bandstand Regulars along with Dick Clark to be unveiled this August 6th. Another first.

Single and/or double click to enlarge the photo. There will be more…..the documentary begins.

I’m out of makeup and off to bed….. It was a glorious day.

Ciao for now….


  1. Justine Carrelli says:
    July 2, 2012 at 11:13 am


    I had the best time revisiting the studio where it all began. I was honored to be able to speak on behalf of all the kids who were priviledged to have experienced the magic of “American Bandstand.”

    You are the man, the glue, the force that renews and perpetuates the memory of that time in history. The close examination of the fabulous mural that is displayed on the wall of the studio can now be seen on this filming. Thank you for hosting such a nice get together and for showing the place where it all began. It is now “The Enterprise Center” and President “Della Clark” is always kind enough to open it up for us to revisit and hold our events. It was like going home.

    Studio “B” at 46th and Market street in Philadelphia, Pa. will be indellibly printed in my mind and in my heart forever.

    Justine Carrelli

  2. Chris Smith says:
    July 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm


    We San Franciscans are very proud of you. I would have loved being a “fly on the wall” during the filming of this very special Studio B.

    Yes, this was and is a very significant and truly historical moment in the life of Studio B. Studio B encompasses so many important aspects of television, music and dance history but none of these topics would have much importance if it were not for those interesting human beings we call the Bandstand Regulars. I can think of no greater context for Studio B’s importance unless there is a clear acknowledgement of the role these “Regulars” played in American Bandstand’s success.

    You have more than acknowledged their importance and you have left no stone unturned in providing us with a chronological narrative of this important place in the history of twentieth century America. Bandstand as a television show had many distinct “eras” and you, as scholar and writer are providing us with the distinctive flavors of these eras and perhaps, to a degree, the influences these various eras during The Philadelphia Years had on succeeding eras after Bandstand was no longer broadcast from Philadelphia. The filming of Studio B with these remarkable Regulars will be a definitive source for historians and those who have a special interest in Philadelphia’s contribution to music, dance and television history.

    I for one, can’t wait to view this film. You never let us down. It would be impossible for most of us to construct a coherent history of this era were it not for scholars such as you! We thank you and acknowledge the hard work and patience you have applied to this important project.

    • jim McGuire says:
      July 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      1Justine my nae is Jim Mcguire. I was a regular. On Bandstand from 1963 – 1964 still live in Phila

  3. Eddie Kelly says:
    July 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm


    A great time by all. One of many times hosted by you.

    It’s always a pleasure to see Bob, Justine, Carmen, Marlyn, Diane, Barbara and Jimmy. I could feel the love and respect everyone had for each other and especially for you calling everyone together once again.

    Once again, the mural is just the icing on the cake. So looking forward to seeing the gang again.

    Thank you once again for keeping all the memories alive.

    We all love you and thank you for all that you have done and continue to do.

    Your Friend!

  4. Diane Iaquinto Celotto says:
    July 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm


    Thank you for such a wonderful day. It was a fantastic time seeing Eddie, Carmen, Justine, Bob, Jimmy and Barbara again. Marlyn and I have so many great memories and we are so thankful to you for keeping then alive.

    The brunch was fabulous especially the pastries.

    Can’t wait to see the film.

    You are the best!!



  5. Joyce Roth says:
    July 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Hi Friends,

    Sorry I was unable to attend the taping at Studio B this past weekend. I would have loved seeing all of you again but August 6th is just around the corner so I will see you then.

    It is true, Charles really can make a nice day for anyone. I can just imagine what those special pastries tasted like. I’m sure someone must have saved me a few crumbs ~ right Charles?! ;)

    Justine, you look absolutely beautiful in the picture on this blog. Your outfit is gorgeous.

    Speaking of outfits ~ I must run out to buy me a new pair of pink pumps ~ hum!!!! ;)


    Joyce (Shafer) Roth

  6. Bob & Litzie Clayton says:
    July 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm


    It was so good to see you, Justine and some of the original Regulars.

    We applaud your efforts to restore the old Bandstand studio and continuous work on everything and anything “Bandstand.” It’s always good to step back in time and reflect on all the good memories.

    Hope to see you and everyone again.

    Bob and Litzie Clayton

  7. Charles, just looked at the new picture you posted on the blog.

    What a great picture,one of our best i think. How about that hair? My barber used to tell people me he was responsable for it. All i can say is a lot of brillcream! Ha Ha! .

    You’ll have to ask justine about those pins. She is so good at remembering details.

    Finally a break in the weather. Feels good to open the house up.

    P.S This was my first attempt at blogging without Litzie’s help. Look out if i get the hang of it. I’ll drive you nuts!!!

    Regards, Bob

    • Good Morning, Bob,

      You are a pro at this. Yup, I’ll get to Justine and see if she can recall the story behind the pins.

      I am sure your fans and friends are really happy to see you posting. Keep ‘em coming.

      Always the best to my dear friend….


  8. Eddie Kelly says:
    July 11, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Hi Bob,

    Glad to see you posting! Keep it up. It also was really good to see you on July 1st. Looking forward to seeing you and Litzie again on August 6th.

    Take care.

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