Joe Bonsall
@joebonsall - Tweeted on 19th April 2012 01:25
Excerpt From My Perspective #DickClark 
Actually, from a musical standpoint, growing up in Philly in the mid fifties and early sixties was very cool as well as inspiring. A lot of entertainers came out of Philly, such as Chubby Checker, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Paul Anka, Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon, and scores of others. American Bandstand and Dick Clark also came out of Philadelphia. 

A neighbor girl named Cathy Stathius and I used to go down to American Bandstand often and stand in line around 68th and Market. We would get in there a lot of times too. It was a blast to jitterbug in front of the three cameras with Dick Clark standing in the corner of the studio. I was always amazed at how small the room was. It looked huge on television.

A side story: When the Oak Ridge Boys started to come on strong in the late seventies, word got out that I used to be on Bandstand. Then it got out that I was a regular on Bandstand. That wasn’t true, of course, as I was only on there a few times. As years went by, Dick Clark and I became friends, and he asked me to write a piece for the Twenty Fifth Anniversary of American Bandstand book. I wrote about three pages on what it was like to go down there and not get in. He then made me an “honorary regular.” But to all those folks who used to watch American Bandstand, I seriously doubt you ever saw little Joey doing the Peppermint Twist or Bristol Stomping all over poor little Cathy Stathius......