BEYOND AMERICAN BANDSTAND…WITH BOB CLAYTON AND JUSTINE CARELLI…KENNY ROSSI AND ARLENE SULLIVAN

May 21, 2012

Arlene Sullivan and Kenny Rossi danced together on American Bandstand for a little more than a year. At the height of their popularity, they received as many as 500 letters a day. Arelene, whose mother was a devoted fan, claims she danced on the show “to get my mother’s attention.” Within three months, Arlene was a regular appearing five days a week. “I was always surprised,” she says,” that people wanted my autograph. I danced on a TV show; nothing I did was different than kids were doing in their basements. But maybe that’s why we were so popular. We were them, and they were us.”

 Justine Carelli and Bob Clayton were the dream couple of the show, the star struck lovers. Justine started dancing on Bandstand in 1956, when she was still in junior high school. She spent almost an hour, five days a week, on the fifteen-mile bus ride from her  school to the WFIL studios just to dance. Meanwhile, in Wilmington, Delaware, a young high school school student, Bob Clayton, was watching the show and falling in love with Justine. He made his way to the show in 1957 and asked Justine to dance. Letters poured  in, and Justine and Bob became the most popular and best known couple on the show. The couple was on magazine covers, in newspaper articles, and appeared at scores of dances and shows.


AFTER I POSTED MY TRIBUTE TO DICK CLARK , MY LONGTIME FRIEND AND PUBLICIST BOBBI COWAN PUT ME IN TOUCH WITH BUNNY GIBSON, ONE OF THE ORIGINAL “AMERICAN BANDSTAND DANCERS” WHO TOLD ME THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION WAS, “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE AMERICAN BANDSTAND REGULARS? DICK SAID HE WISHED HE HAD A NICKLE FOR EVERY TIME HE WAS ASKED THAT QUESTION THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. 

HERE IS A CBS NEWS FEATURE THAT SHOWS BOB AND JUSTINE, KENNY AND ARLENE AS THEY ARE TODAY!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6ixZwnjsUw 

SPECIAL THANKS TO BOBBI COWAN   http://bobbicowan.com, BUNNY GIBSON http://bunnygibson.com, and  HISTORY OF ROCK.COM  http://www.history-of-rock.com/american_bandstand_pictures http.htm for helping with this article.

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4 Responses to “BEYOND AMERICAN BANDSTAND…WITH BOB CLAYTON AND JUSTINE CARELLI…KENNY ROSSI AND ARLENE SULLIVAN”

  1. Bunny Gibson Says:

    We all helped bring in rock ‘n’ roll and in doing so became part of families across America and the American Bandstand Regulars. Kids would run home from school – pull the shades down – and dance with us.

    Bob Horn created the idea of kids dancing to records on television and Dick Clark took it all the way to the top! Thanks for the memories Dick!!!


  2. I was one of those kids who ran home so that I would not miss one moment of American Bandstand. We lived in a small town in Arizona and my sister would push the coffee table to the wall and she would show me how to dance be bop to Ricky Nelson and stimp th the Dovells. They were such exciting times that I still cherish in my heart and whenever I see photos of the regulars from Philly. We knew them all by name. Arlene Sullivan and Carol Scaldeferri were my favorites.

  3. Eileen G Rau Says:

    I saw Bandstand every day I enjoy seeing the dancers & Arlene & Kenny they were a great couple my friend & I started to dance the Pillway

    • Eileen G Rau Says:

      Did any of the couple get marries or are they still friend it was a great show we still talk about American Bandstand & Dick Clark &wish couple we like


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