PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – One of the original teenagers on American Bandstand has written a book that’s sure to be the next big thing in at least one way.
“I came on Bandstand at the age of 15 when it started.”
You may not have heard of Harvey Sheldon, but the 74-year-old South Philly native has a few claims to fame as one of the original Bandstand dancers and choreographer of the Bunny Hop!
“Unequivocally, unimpeachably… true.”
His latest book — he’s written ten of them — chronicles the entire history of music in Philadelphia going all the way back to the days of Billy Penn, the Revolutionary War, the Mummers, show tunes, opera, Frankie Avalon, the Sound of Philadelphia; you name it, it’s in there.
And at 824 pages, that’s not exactly light reading.
“No, it’s four pounds. When you pick up the book, be careful you don’t get a hernia.” says Sheldon.
Philadelphia’s History of Music goes on sale on Amazon on Thursday.
Reported By Margie Smith, KYW Newsradio.