'Bandstand' 50th Gala Grows
R&B stars Brandy and Babyface are among the latest performers
confirmed for next month's "American Bandstand's 50th ... A Celebration!"
special on ABC. Set to air May 3, the two-hour special will also feature '70s acts the
Village People, KC & The Sunshine Band, and A Taste Of Honey, who join previously
announced artists Michael Jackson, Cher, Alanis Morissette, KISS, and Stevie Wonder on the
In addition, Little Richard will lead an all-star lineup through a rendition of "Good
Golly, Miss Molly," a song he took to No. 10 on Billboard's pop singles chart in
1958. Joining Richard will be Fleetwood Mac founder/drummer Mick Fleetwood, bassist
Stanley Clarke, E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, actor/occasional Blues
Brothers member Jim Belushi on harmonica, Alabama guitarist/keyboardist Jeff Cook, Go-Go's
guitarist Jane Wiedlin, former teen sensation Leif Garrett, actor/Spinal Tap member
Michael McKean, Ray Parker Jr., Johnny Rivers, vocalist/guitarist Susanna Hoffs and
guitarist Debi Peterson of the Bangles, percussionist Sheila E, organists James Ingram and
Billy Preston, and the Chicago horn section (trumpeter Lee Loughnane, trombonist James
Pankow, and saxophonist Walt Parazaider).
The show's musical director, Rickey Minor (Whitney Houston, Brandy, Lisa Stansfield), will
also play guitar during the performance.
The "Bandstand" special will be taped over the course of three days in the
coming weeks. Along with the live performances, the show will feature a host of interview
and performance clips from the "Bandstand" archives, as well as confirmed
appearances by Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Jennifer Lopez, and 'N Sync.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
NEWSFILE: 11 APRIL 2002