Fan Clubs
clayton.jpg (69400 bytes)   fanclub.jpg (12034 bytes)

The popularity of regulars like Bob Clayton spawned fan clubs loosely knit organizations dedicated to honoring the lives and the images of favorite dancers. For less than a dollar, fans got a member ship card, background information, an autographed picture, and a periodic newsletter, which kept the fans abreast of where their favorite regulars would be appearing, what he or she liked to do for fun, and who was dating whom. Dave Frees, who heads the American Bandstand Fan Club, remembers when the president of Carmen Jimenz's fan club went off to college and offered him the club, he jumped at the opportunity. Over the years, he picked up the fan clubs to virtually every regular who appeared on the show during its Philadelphia days. Today he has over a thousand members in the American Bandstand Fan Club.