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The Philly Regulars

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American Bandstand

The Philly Regulars

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Everybody knew the names of The Regulars on Bandstand. Kenny Rossi and Arlene Sullivan, Bunny Gibson and Eddie Kelly, Pat Molittieri, Carmen Jimenz, Joyce Shafer. We followed their dance steps on TV and their personal lives in Teen magazines. We sent some 15,000 fan letters each week.

Remember, these Regulars weren't paid actors or dancers. They were real kids from Philly, and if you watched every day, you could tell who was breaking up and who was making up.

The Regulars, also known as "The Committee" were only a part of the Bandstand story. Hundreds of kids lined up each day hoping to be one of the few lucky ones who got to dance alongside the Regulars and share part of the magic that was American Bandstand.

To the left you'll find original pictures of some of the Regulars.

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American Bandstand - A Philly Yearbook

Joyce Shafer and Norman Kerr
Joyce Shafer and Norman Kerr in 1961
Joyce Shafer and Normman Kerr
Joyce Shafer
and Norman Kerr in 1988
CLICK to read Joyce own words about her life and reminisces about Norman.




Pat Moliterri
Known for her perky personality, Pat Moliterri is credited with inventing the dance, the Hop, by combining elements of the Slop and the Bop.

Sadly, Pat died in in the mid-seventies of a heart attack. She was 36.


Carmen JimenezCarmen Jimenez in 2005 with David Frees
and friend David Hill
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Bunny Gibson - Eddie Kelly
Bunny Gibson and Eddie Kelly
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Waiting to dance
Dick Clark with Johnny Crawford.
May, 1961


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Annette Funicello and Arlene Sullivan
Annette Funicello and Arlene Sullivan





Bunny Gibson (middle)
and Arlene Sullivan (right) in 1997


Gone
but not forgotten

List provided by David Frees
Norman Kerr
Pat Moliterri
Mike Balara
Joan Buck
Bob Kelly
Ron Caldora
Nick Gaeta
Billy Cook
Ritchie Cartledge
Bobby Baritz
Myrna Horowitz
Maryann Colella
Bonnie Harden
Joe Jacovini
Jimmy Peatross
Carole Scaldeferri
Lorriane Iannetti
Ann Monahan
Micki Duffy
Carol McColley
Frank Lobis
George Kralle
Harvey Robbins
Bob Durkin
Charlie Hibb
Bill "Speedo" Mulivihill
Paula Kopicko
Joe Fusco
Monte Montes
Paul Thomas
Joe Sullivan
Maryann Cuff
Joann Montecarlo
Sadly we also lost:
Dick Clark 1929 - 2012

American Bandstand
Dance Couples

Arlene Sullivan and Kenny Rossi
Bunny Gibson and Ed Kelly
Joyce Shafer and Norman Kerr
Carole Scaldeferri and Nick Gaeta
Mary Beltrante and Lou DeSero
Barbara Levick and Joe Wissert
Janet Hamill and Eddie Connor
Carmen Jimenez and Frank Vacca
Dottie Horner and Frank Spagnuola
   Won the Chalypso Contest
Frani Giordano and Mike Balera
   Won the Pony Contest
Paula Kopicko and Ritchie Cartledge
   Won the Mashed Potato Contest



Paula Kopicko with David Frees in 2002



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