The party in Wildwood kicked off with a artistic salute to South Philadelphia boy Bobby Rydell of Bandstand who spent his summers down the shore.
In December of 1963, Deborah danced as a teenager on Dick Clark’s American bandstand. The couple met there in 1962. He watched the bands and she liked to dance.
Author Alan Boris says just about every innovation in the radio business — from live audiences to radio dramas, soap operas, rock and roll or (ahem) all news — started or hit its peak in Philadelphia.
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.