Dick Clark https://danmurano.com/ en They're All Up In Arms https://danmurano.com/randomthoughts/theyre-all-arms <span>They&#039;re All Up In Arms</span> <div class="field field--name-field-biopic field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/rocci-175hx125w_0.jpg" width="125" height="175" alt="Rocci Fisch" title="Rocci Fisch" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/11" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rocci Fisch</span></span> <span>Sun, 05/19/2013 - 15:06</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">2013-05-19</div> <div class="field field--name-field-main-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><ol> <li>The press is . . . about three current “<em><strong>scandals</strong></em>” facing the<span> </span><strong>Obama</strong><span> </span>administration:  the<span> </span><strong><em>IRS</em></strong>  under fire for targeting conservatives, the aftermath of the raid on<span> </span><strong><em>Benghazi</em></strong>  (again) and<span> </span><em><strong>Associated Press</strong></em><span> </span>phone records  seized involving an<span> </span><em><strong>al-Qaeda<span> </span></strong></em>plot.</li> <li>. . . . Their mouths are watering.  They smell a rat.</li> <li>. . . . A friend of mine called them the “<em><strong>gutter</strong></em>” press.   </li> <li>. . . . The pundits are in heaven.</li> <li>. . . . Lots of allegations, lots of denials.</li> <li>. . . . They’re even wondering if a special prosecutor/independent counsel might be needed in order to “investigate.”</li> <li>. . . . Shades of<span> </span><em><strong>Watergate</strong></em>?</li> <li>. . . .  Abuse of power?</li> <li>. . . . Bottom up, top down.</li> <li>. . . . “Damage Control.”</li> <li>. . . . It’s good for the news cycle.</li> <li>. . . . It’s snowballing. </li> <li>. . . . “<strong><em>Turbulent Week for the White House</em></strong>” is what<span> </span><em><strong>ABC’s<span> </span></strong></em>“<em><strong>This Week</strong></em>” headlined it, along with a picture of a<span> </span><em><strong>1040 IRS tax form</strong></em><span> </span>in the lower left-hand portion of the<span> </span><strong><em>TV screen</em></strong>.   How clever.</li> <li><strong>MOVIE:</strong> <em><strong><span> </span>“Star Trek Into Darkness.” </strong></em><span> </span>Pretty fantastic special effects. <span> </span><strong>Chris Pine</strong><span> </span>plays<span> </span><strong>Capt. Kirk</strong><span> </span>with those<strong><span> </span>Lisa Rinna</strong>-type lips (His are a little less bee-stung.); <span> </span><strong>Zachary Quinto</strong><span> </span>plays<span> </span><strong>Spock</strong><span> </span>with those funny ears; <strong><span> </span>Zoe Saldana</strong><span> </span>plays<span> </span><strong>Uhura<span> </span></strong>who speaks “<em><strong>Klingon</strong></em>”; <span> </span><strong>Benedict Cumberbatch</strong><span> </span>–wow, what a real-life name --  plays bad guy<span> </span><strong>Khan<span> </span></strong>with a booming<em><strong><span> </span>British accent</strong></em>,  and many other familiar characters are brought back.</li> <li>. . . . There’s a lot of<span> </span><em><strong>fist-fighting</strong></em><span> </span>and people jumping and falling great distances and smashing and crashing and outer space<span> </span><strong><em>near-misses</em></strong>.  </li> <li>. . . . The movie moves in a rapid clip.</li> <li>. . . . The theme at the end of the movie over closing credits sounded real good.  That’s the “<strong><em>Star Trek</em></strong>” I remember.</li> <li><strong>DOCTOR’S ORDERS. </strong><span> </span>I had a burning in my lower leg.  I recently had a growth removed and I thought it might have been some side effect from that.</li> <li>. . . . So when I asked the dermatologist about it she said it wasn’t anything that was a result of the “surgery” she performed and that I better go to my “<em><strong>primary care physician</strong></em>.”</li> <li>. . . . I thought to myself , “You mean my fri_ _in’<span> </span><strong><em>doctor</em></strong>?”</li> <li>. . . . Speak<span> </span><em><strong>English</strong></em>, for<span> </span><strong>God’s</strong><span> </span>sake and don’t get so technical about it.</li> <li>They did a final goodbye to<span> </span><strong>Randy Jackson</strong><span> </span>on “<strong><em>American Idol</em></strong>” this past week, showing pictures of him then and now.  He announced the previous week that he has decided to leave the show after<span> </span><strong><em>12 years<span> </span></em></strong>of being a judge.</li> <li>. . . . Leaving or fired?</li> <li>. . . . He said it had been “<em><strong>a life changing opportunity</strong></em>.” </li> <li>. . . . So there’ll be no more “<em><strong>Yo! Yo! Yo!</strong></em>,” no more “<strong><em>Dawg</em></strong>,” no more  “<strong><em>In  It to Win It</em></strong>” and no more “<strong><em>pitchy</em></strong>”-ness.</li> <li>. . . . It’s sorta sad the way the producers have ruined the hit show over the last couple of years.  At its peak “<em><strong>Idol</strong></em>”  pulled in<span> </span><strong><em>30 million</em></strong><span> </span>viewers a week.  Lately it’s been<span> </span><strong><em>14</em></strong><span> </span><strong><em>or 15 million</em></strong>.</li> <li>. . . . Every show has its own shelf-life.</li> <li>. . . .<span> </span><strong>NOTICED. </strong><span> </span><strong>Ryan Seacrest</strong>, host of “<strong><em>Idol</em></strong>,” saluted while saying “<strong><em>Goodnight everybody</em></strong>” at the end of the last show of the season. </li> <li>. . . . Just like<span> </span><strong>Dick Clark</strong>, his own idol, used to do.</li> <li>. . . . So is<span> </span><strong>Seacrest</strong><span> </span>copping a trademark sign-off?</li> <li>. . . .<span> </span><strong>Ryan Seacrest</strong>, you’re no<span> </span><strong>Dick Clark</strong>.</li> <li>“I’m<span> </span><strong>Don Lemon</strong>.  This is<span> </span><strong><em>CNN</em></strong>.” </li> <li>. . . . He drops the “<strong><em>and</em></strong>” between the two sentences just like<span> </span><strong><em>Jake Tapper</em></strong><span> </span>does.  (Mentioned in an earlier --<strong><em>April 29<span> </span></em></strong>-- more in-depth “<strong><em>Random Thoughts</em></strong>” column about the new ad campaign.)</li> <li>. . . . Maybe it’s more<span> </span><strong><em>anchorman-like</em></strong>.</li> <li>. . . .<span> </span><strong>Dr. Sanjay Gupta</strong><span> </span>says the “<em><strong>and</strong></em>.”</li> <li>. . . . And a<span> </span><strong>TWO-FER, STANDING TOGETHER, SMILING:</strong>  “I’m<span> </span><strong>Chris Cuomo</strong>.”  “I’m<span> </span><strong>Kate Balduan</strong>.” <span> </span><strong>CUOMO</strong>:  “This . . . ”;  BALDUAN:  “is<span> </span><strong><em>CNN</em></strong>.”</li> <li>. . . . They finish each other’s sentence.  Just like a married couple.</li> <li><em><strong>NBC</strong></em><span> </span>canceled “<strong><em>Rock Center</em></strong>” -- always a dumb name for that prime-time news magazine show – due to low ratings. </li> <li>. . . . Anchor<span> </span><strong>Brian Williams</strong><span> </span>stood up for the show and spoke of the work the staff did for it.</li> <li>. . . . “Our people<span> </span><strong><em>got shot at</em></strong><span> </span>for this broadcast . . .”</li> <li>. . . . Whoa!  That happened?  What story?  Was it<span> </span><strong>Richard Engel</strong>, that guy who’s always in a hot spot?  Tell me more.</li> <li>A backstage spy told the<span> </span><strong><em>New York Post’s</em></strong><span> </span>“<strong><em>Page Six</em></strong>” that rock star<span> </span><strong>Katy Perry</strong><span> </span>was so overcome with emotion at seeing<span> </span><strong>Cyndi Lauper’s</strong><span> </span><strong><em>Broadway</em></strong><span> </span>musical, “<em><strong>Kinky Boots</strong></em>” that “she was crying so hard she thought she<span> </span><strong><em>lost an eyelash</em></strong>.”</li> <li>. . . . I always thought those things weren’t real.</li> <li>. . . . They’re long enough for a plane to land on ‘em and sticky enough for a fly to get stuck.</li> <li><em><strong>Washington, D.C.<span> </span></strong></em>is rolling out streetcars soon. <span> </span><strong><em>Mayor Vincent Gray</em></strong><span> </span>and<span> </span><strong>Mary Cheh</strong><span> </span>(<strong><em>D-Ward 3</em></strong>),  head of the city council’s transportation committee, celebrated the arrival by having their picture taken next to one.</li> <li>. . . . They look kinda neat and retro.</li> <li>. . . . Let’s hope graffiti artists don’t choose them as their next palette.</li> <li><strong>SWOOSH SOUNDS. </strong><span> </span>That’s what some<span> </span><em><strong>TV news</strong></em><span> </span>shows are using when they introduce reports, I guess, to signal the timeliness and immediacy of a story.</li> <li>. . . . It’s a gushing, rushing sound, something like when a car speeds past your window or a jet goes by before breaking the sound barrier.</li> <li>. . . . Its use dates back to the back –in-the-day tabloid “news” programs like “<strong><em>A Current Affair</em></strong>,” when they did anything visually and aurally to hype up the show.</li> <li>. . . .<span> </span><em><strong>ABC’s<span> </span></strong></em>“<em><strong>World News</strong></em>” does it every time<span> </span><strong>Diane Sawyer</strong><span> </span>introduces a piece.</li> <li>. . . . It goes<span> </span><em><strong>swoosh<span> </span></strong></em>(or<span> </span><strong><em>whoosh</em></strong>) and then<span> </span><em><strong>swoosh</strong></em><span> </span>again, -- two<span> </span><em><strong>swooshes</strong></em><span> </span>or<span> </span><strong><em>whooshes</em></strong>. </li> <li>. . . . Gee, what they won’t do to make<span> </span><strong><em>TV<span> </span></em></strong>better.</li> <li><strong>INTENSE.<span> </span></strong>There’s a job opening as a “<em><strong>digital media producer</strong></em>” for one of the networks. </li> <li>. . . . They’re the ones in<span> </span><strong><em>TV news</em></strong><span> </span>who are responsible for all aspects of producing:  writing scripts, editing, shooting and booking.</li> <li>. . . . One of the many qualifications called for says:  “Must have strong writing skills and the ability to ‘<strong><em>crash</em></strong>’ high-end pieces and under extreme deadline.”</li> <li>. . . . That’s what they’re looking for nowadays. </li> <li>. . . .<span> </span><em><strong>One-man</strong></em><span> </span>(<strong><em>-woman</em></strong>) bands.  They do everything.</li> <li>. . . . So you have to know it all in order to even be considered for the job.</li> <li>. . . . Back in my day all you needed to do was know somebody.</li> <li>RACY TOPIC OF DISCUSSION: <strong><span> </span>Michael Douglas</strong>, who plays<span> </span><strong>Liberace</strong><span> </span>in the<span> </span><em><strong>HBO</strong></em><span> </span>movie, “<strong><em>Behind the Candelabra</em></strong>,” insinuated in an article written by<span> </span><em><strong>Lynn Hirschberg</strong></em><span> </span>in<span> </span><strong><em>New York</em></strong><span> </span>magazine that the flamboyant entertainer had a<span> </span><strong><em>14-inch</em></strong><span> </span>you-know-what.</li> <li>. . . . “It may not have been<span> </span><strong><em>14 inches</em></strong><span> </span>but it was huge.”</li> <li>. . . . I guess he did his research.</li> <li>. . . . The movie airs<span> </span><strong><em>May 26</em></strong>. <span> </span><strong>Douglas</strong><span> </span>really does look like the pianist/vocalist (whose full name was<span> </span><strong>Wladziu</strong><span> </span>or<span> </span><strong>Vladziu Valentino Liberace</strong><span> </span>and who was<span> </span><strong><em>Polish-Italian</em></strong>) and<span> </span><strong>Matt Damon</strong><span> </span>looks perfect as his young lover and live-in boyfriend for five years, Scott Thorson.</li> <li>. . . . Looks pretty good. <span> </span><strong>God</strong>, I wish I got<span> </span><em><strong>HBO</strong></em>.  Isn’t it free anywhere?</li> <li><strong>Tony Siragusa</strong><span> </span>is helping me “<strong><em>guard my manhood</em></strong>” with<span> </span><strong><em>Depend</em></strong><span> </span>(not<span> </span><em><strong>Depends</strong></em>) undergarments.</li> <li>. . . . The former defensive tackle,<span> </span><em><strong>NFL</strong></em><span> </span>commentator and host of “<em><strong>Man Caves</strong></em>” offers  no-nonsense, tough-talking, macho advice to guys who experience bladder leakage.</li> <li>. . . .  It’s no big deal if it’s happening to you. <span> </span><em><strong>Depend Shields</strong></em><span> </span>and<span> </span><strong><em>Guards</em></strong><span> </span>are the way to take charge of leaks – small ones and bigger ones.</li> <li>. . . . “If you get<span> </span><em><strong>drips and dribbles</strong></em><span> </span>here and there,<span> </span><em><strong>Shields</strong></em><span> </span>is where you need to head next.”</li> <li>. . . . “Experience larger surges of wetness?  Get to know<span> </span><em><strong>Guards</strong></em>.</li> <li>. . . . Another thing for me to get ready for.</li> <li><strong>. . . . UH . . .</strong><span> </span>“<strong><em>You Cheated (You Lied)</em></strong>” –<span> </span><strong>The Shields</strong>,<span> </span><em><strong>1958</strong></em>, on<span> </span><strong><em>Dot Records</em></strong>.</li> </ol></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/184" hreflang="en">Obama</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/185" hreflang="en">The press</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/186" hreflang="en">Watergate</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/187" hreflang="en">White House</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/188" hreflang="en">Star Trek</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/189" hreflang="en">Chris Pine</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/190" hreflang="en">Zachary Quinto</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/191" hreflang="en">Zoe Saldana</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/192" hreflang="en">Benedict Cumberbatch</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/193" hreflang="en">Ryan Seacrest</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/194" hreflang="en">American Idol</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/195" hreflang="en">Dick Clark</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/196" hreflang="en">Don Lemon</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/197" hreflang="en">Brian Williams</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/198" hreflang="en">Richard Engel</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/199" hreflang="en">Katy Perry</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/148" hreflang="en">Diane Sawyer</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/200" hreflang="en">Michael Douglas</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/201" hreflang="en">Liberace</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/202" hreflang="en">The Shields</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-random-logo field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Random Logo</div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/randomthoughts/theyre-all-arms" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/ROCCI-Random-nuheader.gif" width="540" height="99" alt="Random Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=81&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="Lm40NCJvkICY64C44Ii29nQ7JsXNLqHaUlrWvy7o6nk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sun, 19 May 2013 19:06:50 +0000 Rocci Fisch 81 at https://danmurano.com “FIN ROT” https://danmurano.com/randomthoughts/fin-rot <span>“FIN ROT”</span> <div class="field field--name-field-biopic field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/rocci-175hx125w_0.jpg" width="125" height="175" alt="Rocci Fisch" title="Rocci Fisch" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/11" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rocci Fisch</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/23/2012 - 22:13</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">2012-04-23</div> <div class="field field--name-field-main-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><ol> <li><strong>. . .</strong> That’s what they’ve discovered on some of the <strong><em>red snapper</em></strong> off the <strong><em>Alabama </em></strong>coast in the <strong><em>Gulf of Mexico</em></strong>, according to a report on the <strong><em>CBS Evening News</em></strong> last week by correspondent <strong>Elaine Quijano</strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Wildlife experts down there say it’s the result of the <strong><em>BP oil spill</em></strong> from two years ago when the <strong><em>Deepwater Horizon</em></strong> rig exploded.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> It’s like a fungus infection that eats away at the flesh of the fish. It doesn’t look nice.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Not appetizing.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong><em>BP</em></strong> says seafood from the gulfis safe and everything’s coming along fine since the disaster.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> They say so in their “<strong><em>Gulf Coast Update: Our Ongoing Commitment</em></strong>” commercials.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong><em>Community Outreach</em></strong> spokesperson <strong><em>Iris Cross</em></strong> pitches the good news standing on a pristine beach, narrating a report illustrating what the oil company is doing for fish and wildlife and the environment and showing happy people in restaurants being served and gobbling up plates full of the gulf’s bounty.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> It looks like an ad for <strong><em>Red Lobster</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> They act like it’s a bed of roses down there.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> It’s a <strong><em>PR</em></strong> gimmick.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> “I was born here, I’m still here and so is <strong><em>BP</em></strong>,” says <strong>Cross</strong>, assuredly.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Is it all believable?</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be eating my red snapper and wondering if they cut out the <strong><em>fin rot </em></strong>to make my <strong><em>fish wishy</em></strong> look good.</li> <li><strong>ASKING.</strong> Does <strong>David Axelrod</strong>, presidential adviser and communications director for <strong>Obama’s</strong> reelection campaign, have to appear every weekend on every <strong><em>Sunday</em></strong> morning talk show? Is he the only administration type they’ve got?</li> <li>. . . And can someone tell the networks that he’s no longer an “exclusive” guest and to stop promoting his appearance that way?</li> <li><strong>. . . </strong>As <strong>Mike Wallace</strong> would say, “Come on.”</li> <li><strong>ASKING.</strong> Is it really necessary for the “<strong><em>anchors</em></strong>” of the <strong><em>Saturday </em></strong>edition of “<strong><em>CBS This Morning</em></strong>” to keep reminding viewers that “You’re watching “<strong><em>CBS This Morning <u>Saturday</u></em></strong>”?</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> It’s a mouthful to say.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Everybody knows it’s the weekend clone of the <strong><em>Monday</em></strong> through <strong><em>Friday</em></strong> show. They’re not dumb.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Just say “You’re watching <strong><em>CBS This Morning</em></strong>” and stop reminding people what day of the week it is.</li> <li>. . . They don’t care.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Stop making a mountain out of a molehill.</li> <li><strong>Hanalie</strong>, dog in the neighborhood, got into a tussle with <strong>Emmylou</strong> (named after the singer <strong>Emmylou Harris</strong>), one of owner <strong>Sally’s</strong> friend <strong>Heather’s</strong> horse-farm dogs, over a water bowl that <strong>Sally</strong> was carrying for <strong>Hanalie</strong> on her way into the barn.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Emmylou</strong> wanted it too and both dogs got mad at each other.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> I heard the sound of the dogs growling from a distance. Their teeth were gnashing.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Sally</strong> had to separate the canines to break up the fight.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> After that they stayed away from each other and <strong>Emmylou</strong> was put in one of the stalls until the anger subsided.</li> <li>Advertised on the back page of the “<strong><em>C</em></strong>” section of <strong><em>The New York Times</em></strong> last <strong><em>Wednesday </em></strong>was an ad for “<strong><em>A Taste of New York</em></strong>,” a combo deal sponsored by the paper and food company <strong><em>Russ &amp; Daughters</em></strong> (smoked fish, caviar, bagels, specialty foods) in which you get the <strong><em>Sunday</em></strong> paper and a breakfast that can serve six people plus a set of four <strong><em>New York Times</em></strong> crossword mugs.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> “These two iconic brands have come together to <strong><em>deliver</em></strong> an “<strong><em>authentic</em></strong>” <strong><em>New York</em></strong> breakfast, anywhere in the <strong>United States</strong>,” says the advertisement.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Ready for this?</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> For <strong><em><u>$179.99</u></em></strong> (with free shipping)!</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Jesus</strong>, I’d say that’s a little steep.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> I guess they have high-end demographics.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> I’d just as soon go down the street and grab a bagel with a schmear of cream cheese, a cup of coffee from my local coffee shop and buy the paper at my supermarket.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> I don’t need <strong><em>fancy schmancy</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>Levon Helm</strong>, the drummer/guitar player/gravel-voiced singer with <strong>The Band</strong>, who first collaborated with <strong>Bob Dylan</strong> and then went on with the group to be become popular and influential on their own, died last week of throat cancer in <strong><em>New York</em></strong>. He was <strong><em>71</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He said this about getting out of a future of planting cotton on his father’s farm in <strong><em>Turkey Scratch, Ark.</em></strong>: “I found out at about the age of <strong><em>12</em></strong> that the way to get off that <strong><em>stinking tractor</em></strong>, out of that <strong><em>105</em></strong> degree, heat was to get on that guitar.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He couldn’t see himself in the family business. To him it was no life.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> So he got the hell out of <strong><em>Dodge</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>Gov. Chris Christie </strong>(<strong><em>R</em></strong>) of <strong><em>New Jersey</em></strong> said he wasn’t napping at a <strong>Bruce Springsteen</strong> concert on <strong><em>April 9</em></strong> at <strong><em>Madison Square Garden</em></strong> in <strong><em>New York City</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Some “<strong><em>joker</em></strong>,” said <strong>Christie</strong>, snapped the picture.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He said he wasn’t sleeping when asked about it at a news conference; he was reacting to a spiritual song (“<strong><em>Rocky Ground</em></strong>”) and “sat up on my seat, leaned my head back, closed my eyes and listened to the song.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He wasn’t zoning out.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He said this was an example of “the level of intrusiveness in my life.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> It’s been reported that he’s seen <strong>Springsteen</strong> <strong><em>126 times</em></strong>. (Time to <strong><em>get</em></strong> a life.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He’s a real fan.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He’d never fall asleep while <strong><em>The Boss</em></strong> was playing.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Shucks, stop picking on the guy.</li> <li><strong>MORE ON DICK CLARK.</strong> (See <strong><em>April 19</em></strong> <strong><em>Random Thoughts</em></strong>: “<strong><em>Dick Clark and American Bandstand: The Early Days</em></strong>)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Barry Manilow </strong>asked <strong>Clark</strong> how he was doing after he had the stroke (<strong><em>2004</em></strong>).</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> “It stinks,” he admitted. (Plain talk.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He also told <strong>Manilow</strong>, “I’d give it all away [success] if I could walk.” (Most people did not realize that it affected his mobility but he told <strong>Ryan Seacrest</strong> on the <strong><em>New Year’s Rockin’ Eve </em></strong>of <strong><em>2005/2006</em></strong> that he had to teach himself how to walk and talk again.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> His ashes will be scattered over the <strong><em>Pacific</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Speaking of <strong>Ryan Seacrest</strong> . . .</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>OVERJUDGING.</strong> That’s what happens on <strong><em>American Idol</em></strong> nowadays.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Randy Jackson</strong>, who has taken to wearing jackets that resemble womenswear from <strong><em>Chanel</em></strong>, goes too deep in his critique of the contestants. He rambles on and on.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> We don’t need to hear all that from him.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He goes overboard.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> And shouts everything he says.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Tone it down.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> And <strong>Lopez</strong>, er . . . <strong>Jennifer</strong> . . . It’s all a love fest to her.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> She personalizes everything.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Her talking voice reminds me of how inferior her singing voice is.</li> <li>. . . <strong>Steven Tyler</strong> is the only one who makes things short and sweet and knows when to shut up. He doesn’t feed into the hype of the judging panel <strong><em>and </em></strong>he <strong><em>doesn’t pontificate</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>AND WHILE I’M AT IT.</strong> That whole <strong>Jessica Sanchez</strong> thing a couple of weeks ago . . . when the voting results were announced and we learned that she was in the bottom three.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> (Surprisingly?) <strong>Randy</strong> and <strong>Jennifer </strong>and <strong>Steven </strong>got up from their seats, headed to the stage and acted like they were in shock because she came out so low on the totem pole.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> They refused to stand for it, couldn’t believe the vote and unanimously gave her a <strong><em>second chance</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Host <strong>Seacrest </strong>acted like it all was spontaneous and that this was a first.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Cut the crap. The whole thing seemed staged to me.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Manufactured drama. After all, it’s a “<strong><em>reality</em></strong> <strong>TV</strong>” show.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> How much do you expect the television audience to believe?</li> <li>A huge picture on the front page of the <strong><em>Style</em></strong> section in <strong><em>The Washington Post</em></strong> last week showed the <strong><em>space shuttle Discovery</em></strong> (piggybacking on a <strong><em>747</em></strong>) during a flyover of the <strong><em>Washington Monument</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> The picture made it look like the plane(s) was propped up on the tippy top of the obelisk, like the two were touching.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> The photographer (<strong>Jonathan Newton</strong>) got the precise moment of juxtaposition.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> I thought the image was a little odd, almost not real, made up or something.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> I looked at it twice and wondered what was happening.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> I thought, “<strong><em>Collision</em></strong>.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Alarming.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> It reminded me of <strong><em>9/11</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> (The shuttle was being retired and heading for <strong><em>Dulles Airport</em></strong> outside of <strong><em>Washington, D.C.</em></strong>, to go on display at the <strong><em>National Air and Space Museum</em></strong> in <strong><em>Chantilly, Va.</em></strong>)</li> <li><strong>APPEARANCE IS EVERYTHING.</strong> <strong>Tim Tebow</strong> was captured by a <strong><em>TMZ</em></strong> (the gossip/celebrity tabloiders) photographer getting a <strong><em>manicure</em></strong> and a <strong><em>pedicure</em></strong> at a salon in <strong><em>L.A.</em></strong>, his hands resting on the work table and his feet soaking in a tub below.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Do you need that to play football?</li> <li><strong>Brad Pitt</strong> had a “<strong><em>vision</em></strong>” for the design of the engagement ring he gave to <strong><em>Angelina Jolie</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He brought his idea to <strong><em>L.A.</em></strong> jeweler <strong>Robert Procop</strong>, who said they “collaborated to <strong><em>fabricate</em></strong> it together.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Another jeweler said <strong>Brad’s </strong>“<strong><em>sense of aesthetics</em></strong> is amazing.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Pitt’s</strong> rep, according to <strong><em>Starpulse.com</em></strong>, said of his and <strong>Angelina’s</strong> pending wedding, “There is no date set at this time, but the couple will be busy with work in the next few months. Besides, for now they are content to <strong><em>bask in their new betrothal</em></strong>.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> They all need to get off their high horses, if you ask me.</li> <li><strong>NO COMPLIMENT.</strong> <strong><em>Fox News</em></strong> president <strong>Roger Ailes</strong> was asked about the firing of <strong>Keith Olbermann</strong> (by <strong><em>Current </em></strong>TV) at <strong><em>The Hollywood Reporter’s “35 Most Powerful People in the Media”</em></strong> event and said that he felt sorry for anybody who’s out of work and that he didn’t want to trash him.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>FUTURE IN TV?</strong> <strong>Ailes </strong>continued,<strong> </strong>“...Everybody has some redeeming quality, so people find a job again. But it’ll be, you know . . . a pet show in <strong><em>St. Louis</em></strong>, or something.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Transference of a skill set?</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Incidentally, <strong>Olbermann </strong>was one of the <strong><em>Roundtablers</em></strong> on <strong><em>Sunday’s</em></strong> <strong><em>This Week with George Stephanopoulos</em></strong> program, a timely booking.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He was pretty good and said some things about politics (and later baseball, along with <strong>George Will</strong>) that made sense.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He did have to share the stage with a packed panel (when isn’t it?) of <strong>Will</strong>, <strong>Matthew Dowd</strong>, <strong>Peggy Noonan</strong> and <strong>Donna Brassiere</strong>, er...I mean <strong>Brazile</strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . . </strong>Overall, he handled it well.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He’ll probably be invited back.</li> <li><strong>PHOTOSHOPPING THINNESS</strong>. That’s what it looks like they did to <strong>Janet Jackson</strong> in those magazine pix and <strong>TV</strong> commercials for her <strong><em>Nutrisystem</em></strong> makeover. She looks like she’s been vertically stretched.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Her waist looks so cinched in that a pea couldn’t pass down her gullet on the way to her <strong><em>tummy tum tum</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Jennifer Hudson</strong> looks the same in her ads for <strong><em>Weight Watchers</em></strong>. They place her side-by-side with herself to show how fat she was <strong><em>then</em></strong> and how thin she is <strong><em>now</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> And <strong>Mariah Carey</strong> for <strong><em>Jenny Craig</em></strong>. Her ads don’t make her look so slimmed down. Instead she writhes around confidently in a tube top and scanty bottomwear, singing and being sexy, running her fingers through her hair and rubbing her legs and other body parts.</li> <li><strong>POLITICAL HIP-HOP.</strong> <strong>Candy Crowley </strong>of <strong><em>CNN</em></strong> asked <strong>Marco Rubio</strong> (<strong><em>R-Fla.</em></strong>) about what music was on his <strong><em>iPod</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> (He’s been the subject, lately, of lots of speculation about whether he may be <strong>Mitt Romney’s</strong> choice for vice president.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He said he’s a “hip-hop fan from especially the <strong><em>90s</em></strong>” and says some of the modern stuff has changed.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> But he said he’s discovering that he’s a fan of <strong>Nicki Minaj</strong>, “who raps and sings,” and he likes <strong>Pitbull</strong>, who is “involved in the soundtrack for “<strong><em>Men in Black</em></strong>.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> So it sounds like he knows his stuff.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Obama’s</strong> got <strong>Rafael Saadiq</strong>, <strong>No Doubt</strong>, <strong>Florence + The Machine</strong> and <strong>Arcade Fire</strong> on his.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Wonder what’s on <strong>Romney’s</strong> <strong><em>iPod</em></strong>, <strong>Lawrence Welk</strong>?</li> <li><strong>. . . UH . . .</strong> “<strong><em>Bubbles in the Wine</em></strong>” - by <strong>“The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk,”</strong> on Okeh<strong><em> Records</em></strong>, <strong><em>1938</em></strong> (on a <strong><em>78 rpm</em></strong> record). The song later became the theme for “<strong><em>The Lawrence Welk Show</em></strong>,” which began on <strong><em>ABC</em></strong> in <strong><em>1955</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Dancers on the show did the <strong><em>fox-trot</em></strong> to it.</li> </ol></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/477" hreflang="en">BP oil spill</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/394" hreflang="en">David Axelrod</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/478" hreflang="en">Mike Wallace</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/431" hreflang="en">Hanalie</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/479" hreflang="en">Chris Christie</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/480" hreflang="en">Bruce Springsteen</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/195" hreflang="en">Dick Clark</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/481" hreflang="en">Barry Manilow</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/193" hreflang="en">Ryan Seacrest</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/205" hreflang="en">Randy Jackson</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/165" hreflang="en">Jennifer Lopez</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/482" hreflang="en">Steven Tyler</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/483" hreflang="en">Jessica Sanchez</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/124" hreflang="en">Brad Pitt</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/452" hreflang="en">Roger Ailes</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/484" hreflang="en">Keith Olbewrmann</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/485" hreflang="en">Mariah Carey</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-random-logo field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Random Logo</div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/randomthoughts/fin-rot" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/ROCCI-Random-nuheader.gif" width="540" height="99" alt="Random Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=120&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="Yxx-Y04Ntrw_5KZ7Tca1ImMQvDq3AkVPkrgMCNN5haw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 02:13:10 +0000 Rocci Fisch 120 at https://danmurano.com DICK CLARK AND AMERICAN BANDSTAND: THE EARLY DAYS https://danmurano.com/randomthoughts/dick-clark-and-american-bandstand-early-days <span>DICK CLARK AND AMERICAN BANDSTAND: THE EARLY DAYS</span> <div class="field field--name-field-biopic field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/rocci-175hx125w_0.jpg" width="125" height="175" alt="Rocci Fisch" title="Rocci Fisch" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/11" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rocci Fisch</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:32</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">2012-04-19</div> <div class="field field--name-field-main-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><ol> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>“<strong><em>America’s Oldest [Living] Teenager</em></strong>” died<span> </span><strong><em>Wednesday</em></strong>in<span> </span><strong><em>Santa Monica, Calif.,<span> </span></em></strong>of a heart attack at the age of<span> </span><strong><em>82</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong><em>CNN</em></strong><span> </span>dragged<span> </span><strong>Larry King</strong><span> </span>out of the mothballs to talk about him. He remembers everybody.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Clark</strong><span> </span>got the “<strong><em>teenager</em></strong>” moniker because of his perpetually youthful appearance (not sure who exactly penned the nickname). He later copyrighted it.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The original “<strong><em>Bandstand</em></strong>,” as it was called in<span> </span><strong><em>1952</em></strong>, was first hosted by deejay<span> </span><strong>Bob Horn</strong>, who later was fired due to a drunk-driving conviction.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>After that, management at<span> </span><strong><em>WFIL-TV/Channel 6</em></strong><span> </span>(<strong><em>46th &amp; Market</em></strong>) in<span> </span><strong><em>Philadelphia</em></strong><span> </span>installed the clean-cut<span> </span><strong>Dick Clark</strong><span> </span>to take over the teen dance party show and renamed it “<strong><em>American Bandstand</em></strong>.” That was<span> </span><strong><em>1956</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Originally the show was two hours! The first half-hour was local and then the show went national/<strong><em>coast-to-coast</em></strong><span> </span>on the<span> </span><strong><em>ABC Television Network</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>(Over the years the show was reduced down in length and went from daily to just<span> </span><strong><em>Saturdays</em></strong><span> </span>but back in the day it was a marathoner and something that kids hurried home from school to watch.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The show was shot in black and white.<span> </span><strong><em>Color</em></strong>, when it came around, was too expensive and the cameras were unwieldy to use in the studio to follow the dancers around the floor.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>It opened with the song, “<strong><em>Bandstand Boogie</em></strong>,” which was a big band instrumental recorded by<span> </span><strong>Les Elgart</strong>. (Over the years various incarnations of it were used, including a vocal version by<span> </span><strong>Barry Manilow</strong>.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>(It always puzzled me why they used such a hard-to-dance-to song like that for modern teenagers. It seemed more attuned to the grownups.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The opening shot showed dancers who were seen through a graphic map of the<span> </span><strong><em>United States</em></strong><span> </span>that surrounded them on the screen.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Further into the open the map zoomed out to reveal more of the dancers who packed the floor.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Eager teens.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Then came<span> </span><strong>Clark</strong><span> </span>who stood at a high-up podium which resembled a bandstand.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The show’s title was inscribed on a half-circle name plate with “<strong><em>American”</em></strong><span> </span>on top and “<strong><em>Bandstand</em></strong>” on the bottom which sat on the edge of the podium.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>A telephone sat on<span> </span><strong>Clark’s</strong><span> </span>left - the old ones with the curled cord. He was often seen using it after he introduced a record for the kids to dance to.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Chances are he was probably talking to his long-time producer,<span> </span><strong>Tony Mammarello</strong>, or his director,<span> </span><strong>Ted Yates</strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>On the walls behind him were cutouts that resembled<span> </span><strong><em>45 rpm</em></strong><span> </span>records, album covers, award plaques and other teen music memorabilia.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>To the right were<span> </span><strong><em>bleachers</em></strong><span> </span>where all the teenagers sat-just like in a gymnasium. Pinned to the side wall were high school pennants from the various schools in the area.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The dancers were often identified in a<span> </span><strong><em>roll call</em></strong>, where they’d say their first names, their age and where they were from:<span> </span><strong><em>North Philly</em></strong>,<span> </span><strong><em>South Philly</em></strong>,<span> </span><strong><em>Upper Darby</em></strong>, etc. . .</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Those kids from<span> </span><strong><em>Philadelphia</em></strong><span> </span>were the best dancers around - better than in<span> </span><strong><em>Baltimore</em></strong>-if you ask me.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Buddy Deane’s</strong><span> </span>(“<strong><em>The Buddy Deane Show</em></strong>”) dancers couldn’t hold a candle to those kids from<span> </span><strong><em>Philly</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The<span> </span><strong><em>Top Ten</em></strong><span> </span>records of the day were displayed on a<span> </span><strong><em>sandwich board</em></strong><span> </span>with<span> </span><strong><em>cardboard slide-ins</em></strong><span> </span>which had the hit songs printed on them (<strong><em>1-10</em></strong>) and which were revealed by<span> </span><strong>Clark<span> </span></strong>when he did the<span> </span><strong><em>count-up</em></strong><span> </span>from the bottom to reveal the<span> </span><strong><em>#1 hit</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>There was a dress code: The boys wore ties and suits and sports jackets and the girls wore dresses and skirts - no blue jeans or other casual wear.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>People from all over came to the show but<span> </span><strong><em>Bandstand<span> </span></em></strong>had its “regulars,” who rapidly became “<strong><em>stars</em></strong>” in their own right.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Favorites were<span> </span><strong>Bob<span> </span></strong>and<strong><span> </span>Justine</strong>,<span> </span><strong>Arlene<span> </span></strong>and<strong><span> </span>Kenny</strong>,<span> </span><strong>Joanie Buck<span> </span></strong>and<strong><span> </span>Jimmy Peatross</strong>,<span> </span><strong>Frani Giordano</strong>,<span> </span><strong>Pat Molittieri</strong>,<span> </span><strong>Bill Cook</strong>, sisters<span> </span><strong>Carmen<span> </span></strong>and<strong><span> </span>Ivette Jiminez</strong>,<span> </span><strong>Carole Scaldeferri</strong>,<span> </span><strong>Mary Beltrante</strong>,<span> </span><strong>Frankie Vacca</strong>. (<strong><em>Italian<span> </span></em></strong>anyone?)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong><em>16 Magazine</em></strong><span> </span>often featured the show’s most popular dancers on their covers with stories inside covering all facets of their young teenage lives.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Most of the couples on the show were the standard boy/girl combination but many times girls danced together as they used to do sometimes parties back then outside of the<span> </span><strong><em>TV</em></strong><span> </span>show, often in their basements.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Mostly the kids<span> </span><strong><em>jitterbugged</em></strong><span> </span>and the camera stayed wide and panned the floor. Often the regulars gravitated to the same positions each day so viewers would get used to where they’d normally dance. (<strong>Justine<span> </span></strong>and<span> </span><strong>Bob</strong><span> </span>were always on the left of the screen.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Some of the dancers were camera hogs.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Clark</strong>, it’s been reported, would often tell the director to turn off the red<span> </span><strong><em>on-air lights</em></strong><span> </span>on top of the cameras so that the regulars wouldn’t know which camera was “<strong><em>hot</em></strong>” and therefore couldn’t “<strong><em>play</em></strong>” to it, like they were<span> </span><strong><em>prima donnas</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The black and white cameras had<span> </span><strong><em>turret lenses</em></strong><span> </span>(usually three) that were awkward and unwieldy. Camera operators had to switch lenses as the director called for different shots on the live broadcast, all the time keeping their eyes on what they were shooting and their fellow cameramen.</li> <li>. . . Those guys really had to maneuver.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The director (<strong>Yates</strong>) used<span> </span><strong><em>close-ups</em></strong><span> </span>for the slow dances and<span> </span><strong><em>longer,<span> </span></em></strong>“<strong><em>wider lenses</em></strong>” for the fast dances.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The program was integrated and blacks were not relegated to special days, as sometimes occurred on other dance shows.<span> </span><strong><em>Bandstand</em></strong><span> </span>was unique in this respect.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong><em>Rate-a-Record</em></strong><span> </span>was a feature of the show in which two or three teens would give a numbered score between<span> </span><strong><em>35<span> </span></em></strong>and<strong><em><span> </span>98</em></strong><span> </span>to new releases. The keeper of the numbers was another teen who had to do the math and average the three scores.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Sometimes it wasn’t an easy feat and<span> </span><strong>Clark</strong><span> </span>was seen more than once jokingly banging his head up against the wall when the score keeper couldn’t do the arithmetic.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>It’s from this segment of the show that the expression “It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it,” came about, often said by the young judges when they liked one of the reviewed song contenders.</li> <li><strong>. . .<span> </span></strong>The musical guests (<strong><em>teen idols)</em></strong><span> </span>appeared right on the dance floor (no stage) and were often introduced by<span> </span><strong>Clark<span> </span></strong>who sat in the bleachers along with the kids, often holding up a picture or an album of said entertainer.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>All of the performances were<span> </span><strong><em>lip-synched</em></strong>, nobody sang<span> </span><strong><em>live</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon</strong><span> </span>(“<strong><em>Tallahassee Lassie</em></strong>,” “<strong><em>Palisades Park</em></strong>”-on<span> </span><strong><em>Swan Records</em></strong>,<span> </span><strong><em>1959</em></strong><span> </span>and<span> </span><strong><em>1962</em></strong>), interviewed by phone on<span> </span><strong><em>CNN</em></strong>, said that he had just spoken to<span> </span><strong>Clark<span> </span></strong>about a month and a half ago and that he sounded good.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>They talked about<span> </span><strong>Cannon’s</strong><span> </span>book (now in paperback), “<strong><em>Where the Action Is</em></strong>,” the title a takeoff of<span> </span><strong>Clark’s<span> </span></strong>on-location music/variety show of the same name which ran on<span> </span><strong><em>ABC</em></strong><span> </span>from<span> </span><strong><em>1965</em></strong><span> </span>through<span> </span><strong><em>1974</em></strong>.<strong>Clark<span> </span></strong>did the introduction to the book.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Cannon<span> </span></strong>sang the theme for the show: “<strong><em>Action</em></strong>” (<strong><em>Warner Bros.</em></strong>,<span> </span><strong><em>1965</em></strong>)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Cannon</strong><span> </span>was also one of many<span> </span><strong><em>Italian-Americans</em></strong><span> </span>who appeared on<span> </span><strong><em>Bandstand</em></strong><span> </span>(<strong><em>10 times</em></strong>) through the years.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>His real name was<span> </span><strong>Frederick Anthony Picariello</strong>. Others in that “<strong><em>contingent</em></strong>” included<span> </span><strong>Frankie Avalon</strong><span> </span>(<strong>Avallone</strong>) and<span> </span><strong>Fabian<span> </span></strong>(<strong>Forte</strong>),<span> </span><strong>Bobby Rydell</strong><span> </span>(<strong>Ridarelli</strong>),<span> </span><strong>Bobby Darin</strong><span> </span>(<strong>Waldon Robert Cassotto</strong>) - all<span> </span><strong><em>Philadelphia</em></strong><span> </span>kids who appeared frequently on the show.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Connie Francis</strong><span> </span>(<strong>Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero</strong>) was another favorite of<span> </span><strong>Clark’s</strong>, appeared many times and debuted “<strong><em>Who’s Sorry Now</em></strong>,” her first hit (<strong><em>MGM Records</em></strong>,<span> </span><strong><em>1958</em></strong>) on<span> </span><strong><em>Bandstand</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Chubby Checker</strong><span> </span>sang and danced and got his start on the show with<span> </span><strong><em>The Twist<span> </span></em></strong>(<strong><em>Parkway Records</em></strong>,<span> </span><strong><em>1960</em></strong>). The record and dance took off, swept the nation.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>INCIDENTALLY.</strong><span> </span><strong>Dick Clark’s</strong><span> </span>wife<span> </span><strong>Kari<span> </span></strong>gave<span> </span><strong>Ernest Evans</strong><span> </span>the stage name “<strong>Chubby Checker</strong>,” likening him to a “<strong><em>junior</em></strong>”<span> </span><strong>Fats Domino</strong>, the very popular , multi-hit<span> </span><strong><em>rhythm and blues</em></strong><span> </span>singer.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>As in<span> </span><strong>Fats</strong><span> </span>(“<strong>Chubby</strong>”)<span> </span><strong>Domino</strong><span> </span>(“<strong>Checker</strong>”).</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Dee Dee Sharp</strong><span> </span>sang “<strong><em>Mashed Potato Time</em></strong>”-<strong><em>Cameo Records</em></strong>,<span> </span><strong><em>1962</em></strong>), which became a huge hit and spawned a dance craze but when the song came out<span> </span><strong>Sharp</strong><span> </span>really didn’t know how to do the dance, couldn’t get all the moves down.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>In some performances of the song/dance she was shot by the<span> </span><strong><em>TV</em></strong><span> </span>cameras without showing her feet.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The kids not only<span> </span><strong><em>jitterbugged</em></strong>; they did the<span> </span><strong><em>stroll</em></strong>, the<span> </span><strong><em>bop</em></strong>, the<span> </span><strong><em>Bristol Stomp</em></strong>, the<span> </span><strong><em>Chalypso</em></strong><span> </span>(cha cha + calypso), the<span> </span><strong><em>strand</em></strong>, the<span> </span><strong><em>pony</em></strong>, the<span> </span><strong><em>fly</em></strong>, the<span> </span><strong><em>hully gully</em></strong>, the<span> </span><strong><em>watusi</em></strong>, the<span> </span><strong><em>continental</em></strong>, the<span> </span><strong><em>bunny hop</em></strong>, the<span> </span><strong><em>rock-a-conga</em></strong>, the<span> </span><strong><em>South Street</em></strong>, more.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>It was<span> </span><strong><em>1964</em></strong><span> </span>and the show was getting bigger.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>And time to leave the<span> </span><strong><em>City of Brotherly Love</em></strong><span> </span>and move to<span> </span><strong><em>Los Angeles</em></strong>, the “<strong><em>entertainment capital of the world</em></strong>.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The show had gone big time.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong><em>L.A.</em></strong><span> </span>was happening.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Clark</strong><span> </span>was branching out and doing more shows and the network was interested.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The<span> </span><strong><em>West Coast</em></strong><span> </span>was much more casual, reflecting the laid-back<span> </span><strong><em>California</em></strong><span> </span>lifestyle.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The<span> </span><strong><em>Bandstand</em></strong><span> </span>dancers were different now, anonymous.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The dancing itself was more free-form; everyone did his or her own thing.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>It wasn’t as good as it was back in<span> </span><strong><em>Philadelphia</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Times changed.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>UH . . .</strong><span> </span>“<strong><em>Because They’re Young</em></strong>”-<strong>Dick Clark’s<span> </span></strong>first movie in which he played a young high school teacher trying to make a difference in the lives of his students. Released by<span> </span><strong><em>Columbia Pictures</em></strong><span> </span>in<strong><em>1960</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>“<strong><em>Because They’re Young</em></strong>” was also the movie’s title song which was performed by<span> </span><strong>Duane Eddy<span> </span></strong>(<strong><em>His ‘Twangy’ Guitar</em></strong>) and<span> </span><strong>The Rebels</strong><span> </span>(<strong><em>Jamie Records</em></strong>,<span> </span><strong><em>1960</em></strong>) and who had a cameo part in the film.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>And<span> </span><strong>Bobby Rydell’s</strong><span> </span>“<strong><em>Swingin’ School</em></strong>” (<strong><em>Cameo Records</em></strong>,<span> </span><strong><em>1959</em></strong>) was featured prominently in the movie’s soundtrack.</li> </ol></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/195" hreflang="en">Dick Clark</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/249" hreflang="en">Larry King</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/250" hreflang="en">American Bandstand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/251" hreflang="en">Tony Mammarello</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/252" hreflang="en">Ted Yates</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/253" hreflang="en">Buddy Deane</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/254" hreflang="en">16 Magazine</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/255" hreflang="en">Fabian</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/256" hreflang="en">Bobby Rydell</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/257" hreflang="en">Bobby Darin</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/258" hreflang="en">Frankie Avalon</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/259" hreflang="en">Connie Francis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/260" hreflang="en">Chubby Checker</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/261" hreflang="en">Dee Dee Sharp</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/262" hreflang="en">Duane Eddy</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-random-logo field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Random Logo</div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/randomthoughts/dick-clark-and-american-bandstand-early-days" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/ROCCI-Random-nuheader.gif" width="540" height="99" alt="Random Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=87&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="3S0Fa81zNAUTJAdk1ddlPTY_sYuU6gOX9ofwNCMwtsU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 01:32:03 +0000 Rocci Fisch 87 at https://danmurano.com