‘American Bandstand’ Host Dick Clark Dies

Dick Clark, who changed the way people listened to pop music with “American Bandstand,” and whose annual “Rockin’ Eve” became a fixture of New Year’s celebrations, died today at the age of 82.

I have many a New Year’s memory staying up late on New Year’s Eve to countdown to midnight and watch the latest (and greatest) musicians take the stage on “Rockin’ Eve”. Over the past couple years since his stroke, Dick Clark has played a minimal role on the show, giving way to Ryan Seacrest. But, he was still there this past New Year’s, counting down to the ball drop.

One of my favorite quotes from Dick Clark came just before the 2010 New Year’s celebration:

“I do the best I can and have been encouraged to continue because I hear it serves to inspire many others.”

RIP Dick Clark!

From The New York Times:

The television legend Dick Clark, who originated “American Bandstand” and the perennial New Year’s Eve celebration on ABC, died Wednesday morning, his representative Paul Shefrin said.

Mr. Shefrin said that Mr. Clark, 82, had suffered a heart attack.

Mr. Clark “had entered St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica last night for an outpatient procedure,” Mr. Shefrin said in a statement. “Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful. He is survived by his wife, Kari, and his three children, RAC, Duane and Cindy.”

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7 Comments on “‘American Bandstand’ Host Dick Clark Dies”

  1. sandy1961 Says:

    R.I.P. Mr. Clark, You will be dearly missed.

  2. Bill E Says:

    Truly a sad news. RIP Dick Clark and thank you for American Bandstand.

  3. zelda Says:

    Oh…..Dick Clark…….what a genius. He gave us teenagers validation .He taught me to dance,see other ethnic groups as we see ourselves and to appreciate the time we lived in with respect.If I could say which memory formed my adult life the most it would have to be Dick Clark’s positive influence at a tender and hopeful age of discovery of the world we live in.
    A truely nice guy…………..R.I.P. dear Dick …….and know you are well remembered.

  4. Honeydog Says:

    I felt so badly hearing this news. It struck a Chord within me as though I had lost those magical years of my Youth all over again. Like so many others, I grew-up with “American Bandstand”, played-along with his Game Shows, and never missed his New Years Eve Count-down. In those early Teenage years, he was as close to being Loved and looked-up-to like he was our own “Dad”, and throughout the rest he remained our Friend, never deserting us… to the end, a Trooper… and always making us feel as special to him as he was to us. I can’t imagine my Life… those times… our World… without Dick Clark’s sheer Wonderfulness, extraordinary Contributions and immeasurable Influence. He was truly a very very special Man… the likes of whom will never be replaced… and it’s hard to let him go. I’m so grateful to have shared the Generation with him, and for the countless Memories I will always hold Dear. Thank You, Dick Clark, for your Warmth and Generousity and all the Fun and Joy you brought to us. You will forever be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of our Hearts. RIP.

  5. sandy1961 Says:

    Very nice tribute to a wonderful icon Honeydog

  6. sandy1961 Says:

    You to Zelda also a nice tribute

  7. Honeydog Says:

    Thanks, Sandy.

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