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.”