|THE BUNNY HOP
THE HARVEY SHELDON STORY
and the BANDSTAND YEARS
The Bunny Hop book reveals when PHILADELPHIA had it all in the fifties, Big Swing Bands,Theaters,Nightclubs, The Mafia, Musicians, Singers and Comedians. Philadelphia was the music capital of America in the early 50's,from Jazz, Pop, Mambo and Broadway musicals Philly was the birth place of major talent in show business. This is a story of those times as told by Harvey Sheldon, Philly's first TV Teenage Idol, a Lincoln high school student, co-creator of the Bunny Hop dance and had the concept of having teenagers dance on Bob Horn's Bandstand. The untold story of the creator and inventor of the TV show Bandstand. How Bob Horn revolutionized the music industry in the 1950's and in the 1960's Harvey Sheldon would add his contribution in revolutionizing the music business, and Rock N'Roll.
"Harvey Sheldon through vaudeville, radio,TV and even newspaper jobs, Harvey eventually landed on the left coast. Along the way he got very rich. The Bunny Hop a fascinating book and will be a fascinating movie."
Philadelphia Daily News
"HarveySheldon can tell stories for hours from former Mafia boss Angelo Bruno,the Bunny Hop, and Bob Horn's Bandstand. As a young man he became a friend of Bruno's and was counseled by him on topics from show biz in choosing the right wine"
"The Bunny Hop, the life story of Harvey Sheldon, has all the elements of a great book and even greater dramatic movie. A story filled with a great romantic love affairs, scandals, Mafia relationships, show biz and the golden era of pop music during the 1950's. A telling story how Harvey Sheldon and Bob Horn would create Bandstand in Philadelphia,in 1952 at WFIL TV."
Hollywood Screen Agent
"The Bunny Hop is an exceptional story. Philadelphia was the capital of the music scene in the 1950's, and Harvey Sheldon was right in the middle of the action. The teenager convinced original Bandstand host Bob Horn to add dancers to the music show. Then, he and a girl nicknamed "Dimples" created a dance to the smash hit song, "The Bunny Hop." Soon, kids from all over the country were doing the dance perfected by Harvey and Dimples. Harvey Sheldon has spent more than 50 years in the entertainment business, and readers will love going down memory lane with him."
"Philadelphia native Harvey Sheldon had quite a life and is not shy about sharing his stories. But the comedian, dancer, entertainer, newspaper columnist, lecturer and philanthropist thinks he has a more important story."
"As a young jazz musician emerging on the scene in Philadelphia in the fifties and sixties, I remember fondly the thrilling swinging sounds of Harvey Sheldon's Jazz big band."
Former musical director for :
Paul Anka,Debbie Reynolds, Red Skelton, Englebert Humperdinck and other major Las Vegas acts. President Musicians Union
Harvey Sheldon's talents were first discovered by famous movie actress Mary Pickford and well known big band leader Buddy Rodgers and later rediscovered by Jimmy Komack. This led to Harvey Sheldon having two seasons on Red Button's TV shows on NBC TV and later on Swing Into Spring with the King of Swing Benny Goodman on first with NBC TV and CBS TV for two seasons.
Philly in the early fifties more records were being sold than New York or Los Angeles because of Bob Horn's Bandstand TV daily shows. The Bunny Hop record by Ray Anthony big band sold nearly 100,000 records, in the first three weeks of its release, just in Philly, a sales record that still remains.
During the 1950's all of the hit records and singers were coming out of Philly. Yes, all home grown talent coming from a section of Phladelphia, South Philly. From, Eddie Fisher, Al Martino, Mario Lanza, Al Alberts and The Four Aces, Buddy Grecco, Kitty Kallen, Bob Manning, Pearl Bailey, and many more. Modern Jazz was being created in Philadelphia by Red Rodney, Stan Getz, John Coltrane, Gerry Mulligan, Buddy DeFranco, Terry Gibbs, Lee Morgan, Elliot Lawrence and Harvey Sheldon big band, arrangements by Billy Root.