DICK CLARK CONTRACT SIGNED AUGUST 26 1960 & CO-SIGNED BY THE FIVE MEMBERS OF THE VIDELS FOR APPEARANCE ON AMERICAN BANDSTAND
DICK CLARK (1929-2012) AND THE FIVE MEMBERS OF THE VIDELS SIGNED AMERICAN BANDSTAND CONTRACT, "RW Clark, pres.", "Peter Andreoli" , "Herbert Rickey Jr.", "Vincent Poncia Jr.", "Norman Marzano Jr.", and "Robert Calitri",1p, 8½x11. , August 26,1960, Standard AFTRA Engagement Contract between Click Corporation (Clark's Company) and The Videls for his appearance on American Bandstand. Richard Wagstaff "Dick" Clark was an American radio and television personality, television producer and film actor, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 to 1988. In 1952, Clark moved to a suburb of Philadelphia, where he took a job as a disc jockey at radio station WFIL, adopting the Dick Clark handle. In 1956 Clark took over as the host of the show Bandstand which was picked up by ABC Television and renamed American Bandstand. The show took off, due to Clark's natural rapport with the live teenage audience and dancing participants as well as the "clean-cut, non-threatening image" he projected to television audiences. As a result he was able to use his unparalleled communication skills to present rock 'n roll in a way that was palatable to parents.
The Videls were a Rhode Island-based group, Peter Andreoli, Vincent Poncia, Jr., Norman Marzano, Robert Calitri, and Herbert Rickey Jr., who met in Providence and cut records initially for the local Rhody record label. They came to national attention when one of the Rhody releases, "Mister Lonely," got picked up by the JDS label based in New York. It became a modest hit in the spring of 1960, rising to No. 73 nationally. They joined the Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars tour which included this appearance on American Bandstand. This was to be the peak of their chart success, but it led to releases for Kapp and other labels.
The Videls never charted another single, but two of their members became reasonably successful songwriters and charted regularly for much of the rest of the '60s. Andreoli, who changed his last name to Anders, and Poncia, found much greater success during the early '60s as songwriters in association with Phil Spector, co-authoring such future classics by the Ronettes as "Do I Love You?" and "(The Best Part Of) Breaking Up." This led to their signing to Red Bird, where they scored under the alias the Tradewinds, with "New York's a Lonely Town," which made the top 40. They later hit again in a small way as the Tradewinds with the single "Mind Excursion," and even got a full LP release out of it on the fledgeling Kama Sutra label. Later still, as the innocence , they got a top 40 single out of "There's Got to Be a Word." This American music history document shows the groups compensation was "$405 - $81 per" and each member of the group has written his social security number next to his signature. In fine condition, with three file holes at blank left edge.