"When my Dad emceed all those shows we were young enough
that he had to keep an eye on us. So the majority of the time
we would be backstage with him. Sometimes he would put us
in the orchestra pit, but very rarely did we sit in the audience."
was about ten years old during the show that featured pop
artist Diane Renay.
"Dad said, 'you're going to have to be very, very good
and very polite.' I remember Diane was very, very tiny."
"Blonde, she had like this Navy outfit on."
"And all this makeup and all this hair. I'd never seen
a person that looked like this. And we watched her perform
from, like, 12 feet away backstage."
she remembers watching in awe as the Ronettes and the Supremes
practiced their dance steps backstage.
"I always had my little Girl Scout autograph book. I've
got everybody! We just loved all that. The one I remember
being so kind to us, absolutely without a doubt, was Cher."
"I sat on her lap. She said to me, 'someday I want to
have a little boy just like you.' And now I'm too old to even
date her if I wanted to!"
"They used to do two shows. We usually ate with whoever
was performing. Cher spent a tremendous amount of time - most
of the break between the two shows - sitting there eating
and talking with us. Then there was the time Steve actually
danced on the stage with Chubby Checker - he was little. Remember
the Bobby Rydell thing?"
"Bobby was performing way out at the end of the stage
and at some point a whole bunch of people - a whole bunch
of girls - just vaulted up onto that stage. That was it. He
dropped the microphone and he started running and they were
grabbing him. He was cut, he was bleeding, his ring was stolen.
And I grabbed Steve. We were about to get trampled. My Dad
went with Bobby and he turned to me and he went, 'hang on
to your brother!' They went out the back door right out to
the limo. I didn't know what to do. I've got Steve by the
hand and I'm going, 'Dad!?' I was probably 10 or 11."