// Apr 22 2013


Barbara Marcen –


Barbara Marcen was one of the earliest Regulars on American Bandstand. She started in the Bob Horn Bandstand days, went on to Dick Clark’s Bandstand and then to American Bandstand. She never skipped a beat.

Barbara is what I have coined a Bandstand Crossover. She, like Rosalie Beltrante and others, was right there when Bandstand was a little baby. Barbara received major camera time and is a self-proclaimed camera hog — just ask her.

Back in the Bob Horn days, Barbara partnered with early Bandstand legend, Tommy DeNoble. In this collage you will see rare shots of Tommy. Notice on the side table in one of the photos is a framed photo of Tommy. They were very close friends.

Speaking of friends, Barbara is a close friend of mine. We speak often and have attended affairs together and she has come to mine. She has the greatest sense of humor and the energy of a teenager. She is still a very good dancer and has maintained that inimitable Bandstand style. Some stake claim to having the Bandstand moves, but Barbara really does. She could teach a course.

Hey, what a great idea that would be. Get ready class. Single and/or double click on the collage to enlarge.

You can see Barbara leading off Double Dancing with another of my good friends, the late Joe Fusco on of Documenting the Dance Part 2 on our YouTube channel Bandstand’s Best.

Watch Barbara fly!!!!

So let’s wish our future dance instructor Barbara Marcen a speedy recovery and get her back hogging the camera as only Barbara can, right here on Bandstand’s Best.

One of Barbara’s favorite phrases in describing her friends is, “Doll Baby.” Ya know what? That describes her perfectly.

She’s a Doll Baby!

Ciao for now….


  1. SURE HOPE our ‘DOLL BABY’ BARB is all bran new soon; sent her a card today; it,s been like a dream having her do our local BCTV DANCE PARTY dances at the RIVEREDGE in READING, PA………..wish i could get more REGULARS to do the show with us; JIMMY HUDSON and BARB have made it another BANDSTAND BLAST; love the pictures; GET WELL SOON BARB we LOVE YOU ‘DOLL BABY’

  2. Get well wishes and a “speedy recovery”. The Twins…………

  3. Joyce Roth says:
    April 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Barbara ~ hope you have a speedy recovery and you are up and dancing again soon again! :)

    Joyce (Shafer) Roth

  4. Eddie Kelly (American Bandstand Ambassador) says:
    April 23, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Barbara is never without a smile. Please get well real quick!

  5. Eddie Kelly (American Bandstand Ambassador) says:
    April 23, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I commented before I enlarged the pix.

    Once again, what a great collage of Barbara, especially the very early pictures. I was trying to recognize the picture of Barbara with the guy on the lower right. Could it be Tommy DeNoble? Thanks.

  6. Barbara

    Get well wishes to one of nicest and sweetest people I have ever met……

    Best to you


  7. Susan (Selikson) Markowitz says:
    April 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Since Barb left the show years before I attended, I met her for the first time at the dedication last August. She was genuine, sweet and funny. It’s not hard to see why she was loved by so many. Wishing you a speedy recovery Barb!

  8. justine carrelli says:
    April 24, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Well wishes for a speedy recovery from Hawaii. Barbie doll you were always one of my favorites. Hope to see you again soon. Justine

  9. Marlyn Brown Kernan says:
    April 25, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Get well wishes for a lovely lady.

    Hope you are back on the dance floor real soon.

    Marlyn Kernan

  10. ivette jimenez says:
    May 2, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Speedy recovery Blessings.

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