Bandstand fans take a trip back in time

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fans of Dick Clark and his legendary dance show were rockin' once again the Philadelphia way on bandstand.

They were twisting the night away again, right where it all started on 46th and Market.

Hundreds of American Bandstand fans flocked to studio "B" at the old Channel 6 building in West Philadelphia.

They came to remember Dick Clark and a more innocent time.

"He was a mentor to everybody. He made teens feel like kids and not treated like outcasts. We were kids, and we got to dance and be fools, and he loved it," said Mary VanDyke.

For 12 years in the 50's and 60's, the kids of Philadelphia flocked to this studio to see their favorite music stars and to be seen.

The eyes of the world were on the kids of Philadelphia as they showcased the latest dance moves.

One of them was Joe Kelly.

"It's amazing," said Kelly. "It was 55 years ago that I was here. I was 14 years old."

Dottie Boring lived around the corner and danced here almost every day after school.

"I met Elvis Presley, and I will never forget that," said Dottie.

Some were too young to get on the show.

"My older sister got a chance, but not me," said Cynthia Hudgins, who was happy dancing in front of the TV. "And I am still dancing at 54 and enjoying life."

And many lives were transformed by Bandstand and Dick Clark.

"That was my guy. He opened doors for other musicians, black and white, he wasn't prejudiced at all," said Ronald Jones.

It may be the end of an era with the passing of Dick Clark, but what he started, obviously lives on in the hearts of countless Americans who grew up with Bandstand.

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