Bandstand Cover Girl, The

The nickname of teenager Carole Scaldeferri, an attractive, well-dressed precision dancer who frequently appeared in the early days on the rock and roll music program AMERICAN BANDSTAND/ABC/SYN/USA/1957-89 hosted by Dick Clark.


Carole Ann Elizabeth Scaldeferri was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 23, 1943. The 5 foot, 4 inch brown-eyed teen with black hair attended West Catholic Girls High School. She was known for wearing colorful headbands (many of them gifts from adoring fans) and ballerina shoes.

American Bandstand Theme Song

‘We’re goin’ hoppin’ (Hop!)
We’re goin’ hopin’ today
Where things are poppin'(Pop!)
The Philadelphia way
We’re goin’ drop in (Drop!)
On all the music they play
On the Bandstand! “

Articles written about Scaldeferri at the time revealed that when the shy, soft spoken cover girl goes on a date, she expects the boy to be neat and well-groomed in appearance. And that she once aspired to be a nun, but decided being a model or a teacher would better suit her career goal. She also enjoys reading and writing poetry. Her sport of choice is swimming. Her favorite food is her mother’s home-made lasagne. Her favorite singers are Johnny October and Annette. Her favorite actors are Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacClaine. Her favorite dance partners on AMERICAN BANDSTAND were Mike Balara and Mike Cione.


Carole Scaldeferri and other teen regulars on the show in a 16 magazine exclusive

In June 2010, Carole provided this list of songs that she liked to dance to on the program:

  • Chalypso~~~Little Darlin’
  • Slow Song~~~Sixteen Candles…Tears on my Pillow…(we did the The Strand to some slow songs)
  • Fast Songs~~~Stagger Lee. . . Splish Splash. . .(Good for Jitterbug or Push dances)
  • Instrumental Song~~~Never on Sunday
  • Line Dance~~~Let’s Do The Stroll
  • The Push~~~a type of jitterbug . . .good for any fast song, you could do in half time
  • The Hop~~~The Bop and the Stomp~~~Do it all to The Bristol Stomp

Sadly, Carole Scaldeferri-Spada, aka, “The Bandstand Stand Cover Girl” passed away from congestive heart failure on Sunday, December 8, 2013  in Springfield, Pennsylvania.


Another popular girl on AMERICAN BANDSTAND was Frani Giordano, a pert blonde with a good sense of humor whose South Philadelphia parents operated a produce and fruit market. Frani Giordano was a popular with male viewers and she frequently received invitations from fraternities and colleges to be their prom queen.

Note: In 2002, the NBC drama AMERICAN DREAMS featured Meg Pryor (Brittany Snow), a fictional 15-year-old who like Carol Scaldeferri became a dancer on the American Bandstand program.

See also  – “Carole Scaldeferri with Dick Clark” (1957) @ You Tube  ;  “Neil Sedaka ‘Oh! Carol’ Tribute to Carole Scaldeferri” @ You Tube ;  “America’s Oldest Living Teenager”


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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