Dick Clark

  • Born: November 30, 1929
  • Died: April 18, 2012
  • Location: Santa Monica, California

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This March 8, 1982 file photo shows Dick Clark. Clark, the television host who helped bring rock `n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 of a heart attack. He was 82.

'American Bandstand' host dead at 82

LYNN ELBER, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dick Clark stood as an avatar of rock 'n' roll virtually from its birth and, until his death Wednesday at age 82, as a cultural touchstone for boomers and their grandkids alike.

His identity as "the world's oldest teenager" became strained in recent years, as time and infirmity caught up with his enduring boyishness. But he owned New Year's Eve after four decades hosting his annual telecast on ABC from Times Square. And as a producer and entertainment entrepreneur, he was a media titan: his Dick Clark Productions supplied movies, game shows, beauty contests and more to TV, and, for a time in the 1980s, he boasted programs on all three networks.

Equally comfortable chatting about music with Sam Cooke or bantering with Ed McMahon on "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes," Clark was listed among the Forbes 400 of wealthiest Americans. Clark, who died of a heart attack Wednesday at a Santa Monica hospital, also was part of radio as partner in the United Stations Radio Network, which provided programs — including Clark's — to thousands of stations.

"There's hardly any segment of the population that doesn't see what I do," Clark told The Associated Press in a 1985 interview. "It can be embarrassing. People come up to me and say, 'I love your show,' and I have no idea which one they're talking about."

One of his later TV projects, "American Dreams," served as a fitting weekly tribute to Clark's impact. Airing from 2002 to 2005, this NBC drama centered on a Philadelphia family in the early 1960s and, in particular, on 15-year-old Meg, who, through a quirk of fate, found her way onto the set of Clark's teen dance show, "American Bandstand."

The nostalgic "American Dreams" depicted a musical revolution, which Clark so reassuringly helped usher in against the backdrop of a nation in turmoil. While never a hit, the series was embraced by older viewers as a warm souvenir of the era that spawned Clark, and as an affectionate history lesson for their children and grandchildren.

President Barack Obama noted the nostalgia. "More important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel — as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was," Obama said in a statement.

Clark bridged the rebellious new music scene and traditional show business. He defended pop artists and artistic freedom, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame said in an online biography of the 1993 inductee. He helped give black artists their due by playing original R&B recordings instead of cover versions by white performers, and he condemned censorship.

He joined "American Bandstand" in 1956 after Bob Horn, who'd been the host since its 1952 debut, was fired. A year later, Clark integrated the show with black dancers.

"It still wasn't acceptable for them to dance with white kids, so the blacks just danced with each other. We were waiting for the explosion, but it never happened," Clark told Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine in 1998. "The wonderful part about our decision to integrate then was that there were no repercussions, no reverberations, no battles at all — it just happened right there on a television screen in front of millions of people."

Under Clark's guidance, "Bandstand" went from a local Philadelphia show to a national phenomenon, introducing stars from Buddy Holly to Madonna. It was one of network TV's longest-running series as part of ABC's daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987.

"I played records, the kids danced, and America watched," was how Clark once described the series' simplicity. In his 1958 hit "Sweet Little Sixteen," Chuck Berry sang that "they'll be rocking on Bandstand, Philadelphia, P-A."

As a host, Clark had the smooth delivery of a seasoned radio announcer. As a producer, he had an ear for a hit record. He also knew how to make wary adults welcome this odd new breed of music in their homes.

Clark endured accusations that he was in with the squares, with critic Lester Bangs defining Bandstand as "a leggily acceptable euphemism of the teenage experience." In the 1985 interview, Clark acknowledged the complaints. "But I knew at the time that if we didn't make the presentation to the older generation palatable, it could kill it.

"So along with Little Richard and Chuck Berry and the Platters and the Crows and the Jayhawks ... the boys wore coats and ties and the girls combed their hair and they all looked like sweet little kids into a high school dance," he said.

Clark suffered a stroke in 2004 that affected his ability to speak and walk. That year, he missed his annual appearance on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve."

He returned the following year and, although his speech at times was difficult to understand, many praised his bravery, including other stroke victims.

"I'm just thankful I'm still able to enjoy this once-a-year treat," he told The Associated Press by email in December 2008 as another New Year's Eve approached.

Ryan Seacrest, who subsequently took over main hosting duties on the countdown show from Clark, said in a statement Wednesday that he was "deeply saddened."

"I idolized him from the start," Seacrest said. "He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world."

Record executive Clive Davis called Clark "a true pioneer who revolutionized the way we listened to and consumed music. For me he ranks right up there with the giants of our business."

Friends on Wednesday recalled a patient, encouraging man. "He was there for every crisis of my life and there were many," Connie Francis said in statement. "Without Dick Clark there would have been no career because I was ready to abandon it. Dick was the most principled man I ever met in this business and treated everyone the same way, even if you were the little guy."

Said Pat Boone: "Careers grew because of Dick Clark."

Clark was honored at the Emmy Awards in 2006, telling the crowd: "I have accomplished my childhood dream, to be in show business. Everybody should be so lucky to have their dreams come true. I've been truly blessed."

He was born Richard Wagstaff Clark in Mount Vernon, N.Y., in 1929. His father, Richard Augustus Clark, was a sales manager who worked in radio.

Clark idolized his athletic older brother, Bradley, who was killed in World War II. In his 1976 autobiography, "Rock, Roll & Remember," Clark recalled how radio helped ease his loneliness and turned him into a fan of Steve Allen, Arthur Godfrey and other popular hosts.

From Godfrey, he said, he learned that "a radio announcer does not talk to 'those of you out there in radio land'; a radio announcer talks to me as an individual."

Clark began his career in the mailroom of a Utica, N.Y., radio station in 1945. By age 26, he was a broadcasting veteran, with nine years' experience on radio and TV stations in Syracuse and Utica, N.Y., and Philadelphia. He held a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University. While in Philadelphia, Clark befriended McMahon, who later credited Clark for introducing him to his future "Tonight Show" boss, Johnny Carson.

In the 1960s, "American Bandstand" moved from black-and-white to color, from weekday broadcasts to once-a-week Saturday shows, and from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. Although its influence started to ebb, it still featured some of the biggest stars of each decade, whether Janis Joplin, the Jackson 5, Talking Heads or Prince. But Clark never did book two of rock's iconic groups, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Elvis Presley also never performed, although Clark managed an on-air telephone interview while Presley was in the Army.

The show's status as an American cultural institution was solidified when Clark donated Bandstand's original podium and backdrop to the Smithsonian Institution.

When Michael Jackson died in June 2009, Clark recalled working with him since he was a child, adding, "Of all the thousands of entertainers I have worked with, Michael was THE most outstanding. Many have tried and will try to copy him, but his talent will never be matched."

Clark kept more than records spinning with his Dick Clark Productions. Its credits included the Academy of Country Music and Golden Globe awards; TV movies including the Emmy-winning "The Woman Who Willed a Miracle" (1984), the "$25,000 Pyramid" game show and the 1985 film "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins." Clark himself made a cameo on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and a dramatic appearance as a witness on the original "Perry Mason."

In 1974, at ABC's request, Clark created the American Music Awards after the network lost the broadcast rights to the Grammy Awards.

He was also an author, with "Dick Clark's American Bandstand" and such self-help books as "Dick Clark's Program for Success in Your Business and Personal Life" and "Looking Great, Staying Young."

His unchanging looks inspired a joke in "Peggy Sue Got Married," the 1986 comedy starring Kathleen Turner as an unhappy wife and mother transported back to 1960. Watching Clark on a black-and-white TV set, she shakes her head in amazement, "Look at that man, he never ages."

Clark's clean-cut image survived a music industry scandal. In 1960, during a congressional investigation of "payola," or bribery in the record and radio industry, Clark was called on to testify.

He was cleared of any suspicions but was required by ABC to divest himself of record-company interests to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest. The demand cost him $8 million, Clark once estimated. His holdings included partial ownership of Swan Records, which later released the first U.S. version of the Beatles' smash "She Loves You."

In 2004, Clark announced plans for a revamped version of "American Bandstand." The show, produced with "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller, was to feature a host other than Clark.

He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1994 and served as spokesman for the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Clark, twice divorced, had a son, Richard Augustus II, with first wife Barbara Mallery and two children, Duane and Cindy, with second wife Loretta Martin. He married Kari Wigton in 1977.

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AP National Writers Frazier Moore, David Bauder and Hillel Italie contributed to this report.
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Celebrities react to the death of Dick Clark

The Associated Press, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reaction to the death Wednesday of entertainment icon Dick Clark:

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"Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Dick Clark. With 'American Bandstand,' he introduced decades' worth of viewers to the music of our times. He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer. And, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year. But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel — as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was. As we say a final 'so long' to Dick Clark, America's oldest teenager, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends — which number far more than he knew." — President Barack Obama.

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"I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life. I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel. When I joined his show in 2006, it was a dream come true to work with him every New Year's Eve for the last 6 years. He was smart, charming, funny and always a true gentleman. I learned a great deal from him, and I'll always be indebted to him for his faith and support of me. He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him." — Ryan Seacrest.

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"I was very sad to hear this news. We all felt Dick was always this handsome teenager, as we all got older, Dick remained a teenager. I will always appreciate what he did for me and for popular music. He presented Motown and The Supremes on tour with the Caravan of Stars and on American Bandstand where I got my start. Dick Clark was a pioneer, he was a music star maker, he was a legend and was my friend. He said that 'music is the soundtrack of your life.' Since I was 16, he was always a part of mine. My love and prayers go out to his family." — Diana Ross.

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"I'm saddened and devastated over the loss of my dear friend, Dick Clark. We were friends for over 50 years. My thoughts and condolences go out to his family, especially his wonderful wife, Kari, who took such incredible care of him always. Dick was always there for me and Motown, even before there was a Motown. He was an entrepreneur, a visionary and a major force in changing pop culture and ultimately influencing integration. It happened first emotionally. Music can do that. He didn't do it from a soap box, he just did it. That's who he was. 'American Bandstand' was a platform for all artists. For me personally, he helped bring Motown into living rooms across America. Dick did everything with class, style and integrity. He was a true gentleman. His groundbreaking achievements in music and television ensure that his legacy will live on forever." — Motown founder Berry Gordy.

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"Dick Clark changed the face of musical television. He was wonderful to many artists including our family. We will miss him. God bless." — Janet Jackson tweeted.

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"This is a sad day. He was a dear friend, supporting me and my music for all of my years in the business. A great businessman and a true gentleman. An inspiration. My heart is so heavy now." — Barry Manilow posted on Facebook, along with a photo of him and Clark.

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"I loved Dick Clark. He was so instrumental in my career as well as all the other Motown acts and so many others in the recording business. Good bye my friend, rest in peace." — Smokey Robinson.

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"His body of work and accomplishments are impressive but the quality that endeared him to me the most was his humility. All people were on a level playing field with Dick. He felt he was better than no one and because of that he was able to connect with everyone. He changed the way we understood music and television and was one of the most successful entrepreneurs in our business." — Suzanne Somers wrote on Facebook.

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"I'm one of the lucky people who can say that I knew Dick Clark personally. Dick produced almost every awards show I was on during the 80s, and he constantly encouraged me toward success. He will be missed by everyone — especially by those who knew him well." — Kenny Rogers.

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"Only God is responsible for making more stars than Dick Clark ... I just want the world to know how much I loved him, how much I cared about him. He's been a part of everybody's life." — Tony Orlando.

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"Rest in Peace my good friend Dick Clark. A pioneer who's mark on American culture will be felt forever." — Quincy Jones tweeted.

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"Dick Clark was a true pioneer who revolutionized the way we listened to and consumed music. Before 'American Idol,' 'X Factor' and 'The Voice,' even before MTV, it was 'American Bandstand,' which brought the most popular music of the day straight to the nation's living rooms. Many artists made their debut on the Bandstand stage, and for generations he steadfastly welcomed millions of fans to his celebrations of the best of contemporary music. For me he ranks right up there with the giants of our business." — Clive Davis.

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"Dick Clark's profound contributions to music, television and popular culture will reverberate throughout time. R.I.P. Mr. American Bandstand." — music producer LA Reid tweeted.

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"Dick's understated yet omnipresent personality created a new media format. With an understated on-air presence, he made the kids and their music the stars of the show. His genius was in his ability to use the power of television to help define how American teenagers saw themselves. Dick Clark's 'American Bandstand' spread the gospel of American pop music and teenage style that transcended the regional boundaries of our country and united a youth culture that eventually spread its message throughout the entire world. With his passing, Dick Clark deserves to take his place at the top in the pantheon of popular culture icons." — John Oates of Hall & Oates.

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"You'll continue to be an inspiration to us all Dick Clark. Thanks for the amazing rockin years you were with us. You'll truly be missed." — The Jonas Brothers tweeted.

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"I considered Dick to be my dearest friend in this business, a friendship that has endured since 1958. He was there for every crisis of my life and there were many. Without Dick Clark there would have been no career because I was ready to abandon it. Dick was the most principled man I ever met in this business and treated everyone the same way, even if you were the little guy." — Connie Francis.

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"Times Square is considered the crossroads of the world in no small part because Dick Clark's New Year's Eve celebrations there were beamed across the globe. I remember one New Year's Eve, he and I stood in Times Square marveling about how much the area — and the City — had improved over the years. But Dick Clark never had to change — he was a great entertainer who stood the test of time. Generations of Americans grew up with Dick, and yet he seemed forever young. His spirit will always live on in Times Square, and in hearts of millions of New Yorkers." — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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"Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!" — Joan Rivers tweeted.

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"Dick Clark will be truly missed. We will carry on his legacy every New Year's Eve." — Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, who also tweeted a photo of her and Clark.

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"Very saddened about the loss of Dick Clark. We hosted the very first Rockin' New Year's Eve; truly honored to have worked with him." — Three Dog Night tweeted.

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"I just always considered Dick a wonderful friend. He was always good and supportive of me, but every other musical performer I know of would say the same thing. I am just stunned because for my whole career Dick Clark has been a friend and sort of an anchor of all things musical. Careers grew because of Dick Clark. He is going to be sorely missed." — Pat Boone.

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"Dick Clark was a great friend, true legend, & a master journalist. Nobody did what he did better. It was a pleasure to be in his company." — Larry King tweeted.

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"Just heard the news of Dick Clark. It was truly an honor to have worked with him, learn from him and to be able to call him a friend. He was a great man and an even better friend. The word legend is thrown around a lot, but it's never more appropriate than when used in describing Mr. Clark. He was a real inspiration & influence in my life. I will dearly miss my friend. Rest well DC.."— Mario Lopez said in a series of tweets.

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"REST IN PEACE to the DICK CLARK!! U were pioneer n a good man!! Thank u sir." — Snoop Dogg tweeted.

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"Dick Clark was such an institution and inspiration. Not ashamed to say I loved American bandstand when I was a kid!" — Katie Couric tweeted.

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"Back in the 1960's the pop culture catch-phrase was 'Never trust anyone over 30.' Dick Clark was trustworthy all the way home. Rock on Sir!" — Ann Wilson of Heart tweeted.

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"So sorry about passing of Dick Clark. A man with the gift of discovering talented musicians he also was a consummate producer/lovely man RIP" — Marlee Matlin tweeted.

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"Not 2 many people actually deserve the term "legend", Dick Clark embodied it & never lost his humility or humanity. We will miss him!" — Gloria Estefan tweeted.

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"With the passing of Dick Clark, we lost a real hero who had untold influence on both world culture and the art form we call rock and roll. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, Clark was a trendsetter who helped guide our tastes in music, dance and fashion for more than three decades. His show American Bandstand was instrumental in showing the world that rock and roll was here to stay." — Terry Stewart, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

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"Dick Clark was an entertainment icon, bringing music into the homes of millions of Americans over his nearly 60-year career. His shows 'American Bandstand' and 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve' blazed new trails in pop music and became pivotal celebrations of music on television, spotlighting both established and emerging artists. Our deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, friends, fans, and all who have enjoyed his great contributions to music and entertainment. He will be terribly missed, and his legacy will live on forever." — Neil Portnow, President and CEO of the Recording Academy.

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"Rest in peace dear Dick Clark. A legend in entertainment and a truly lovely man. What an honor to have known you." — Lisa Ling tweeted.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Wonderful post, friend! I love these kinds of posts from you.It's so easy to get cauhgt up in the minutia of life and complain about every single thing, when we really just should step back and take a look at the big picture and how blessed we are. What a great reminder from you today. Love you!

Posted by Max - MCQVTmH6, CT - pAjelDdL5PN   July 05, 2015

It brought tears to my eyes to come across this website. I enjoy watching him every day on The 25,000 Pyramid on the GSN channel. I'm old enough to remember & love him on American Bandstand. The New Year's celebration is never the same without him. I believe he lives on in all of our hearts who love him and will never forget him! He leaves behind a great heart warming legacy. RIP

Posted by Martha Perez - El Paso, TX - Tremendous Great Fan   March 23, 2015

MY PRAYS GO OUT TO YOUR FAMILY AT A SAD SAD TIME MAY YOUR SOUL RIP FOREVER YOU WERE PRETTY GOOD IN AMERICAN BAND STAND BACK IN THE 60'S MY PARENTS WATCHS YOUR SHOW FROM TIME TO TIME NOT ME I WANT BORN UNTIL NOV OF 1981 BUT YOU WILL BE FOREVER MISS THOUGH AND MY THE GOOD LORD FROM UP ABOVE SHINE ON YOUR SOUL FOREVER AND EVER AMEN .

Posted by RONALDJOHNVLKJR - CICERO, IL   April 27, 2013

The late Dick Clark's been an Entertainment giant for decades. He'll always be "Mr. "American Bandstand"" as well as "Mr. "Pyramid"" from the first 2 incarnations of that game show in the 1970s and 1980s. And for decades he had been doing the live coverage of the annual New Year's Eve festivities from Manhattan's Times Square, New York City, N.Y., primarily on the ABC-TV Network, the same network that his hosted "American Bandstand" series had been on for 30 years (1957-Sept. 5, 1987). He'll be deeply missed.

Posted by Christopher Hagee - Phoenixville, PA - N/A   May 20, 2012

Candle

Thank you Dick Clark for all the wonderful memories throughout the years! Our prayers go out to the Clark family. May God give you comfort in your loss.
Dave and Dianna Berg

Posted by Dave and Dianna Berg    May 04, 2012

Candle

I have had the great pleasures of watching Dick Clark on American Bandstsnd since I was Ten years old. I never stopped watching him, even on New Years Eve I always watched him it was great to hear him every year. It was my thrill to get to watch him all of these years. Will miss him dearly. My condolences to his wife.

Posted by Delores Cordova Ritter - An avid longtime fan   April 28, 2012

Candle

I grew up with you on tv you truely made america smile and love music thank and god bless your family.

R.I.P.

Posted by alicen - fan   April 28, 2012

The podium

A vivid image of Dick Clark came to my mind when I heard of his death. As teenagers in Mt. Vernon, NY. we attended the same high school. Etched in my mind is the picture of Dick on the high school stage at the podium leaning on his one arm and leg exactly as he looked the first time I saw him on Amercan Bandstand. His legacy of helping people started as a young man and spanned his life long career that touched so many lives.

We became friends when he was running for president of the school and I was a candidate for vice president. Neither of us had a chance of winning the competition. The male slate included returning WWII vets and one of the boys from the "in crowd." The girl from the popular group ran against me. I was the underdog as well.
I had set my vision on that office the first day of orientation at A.B. Davis high school and set a goal to become vice president of the school. In retrospect, I doubt now that Dick had any misgivings about his election. The way he went about preparing for the campaign, I realize now, was a microcosm of his legendary success in life. Dick and I paired up to take on the forces against us. We were both visionaries and up to the challenge. With our campaign managers, the four of us put our heads together and planned our strategy. Little did I realize how much work was involved. Dick, on the surface portrayed a calm and confident individual who made the job look easy. This was because, he had not only a natural gift, but was a task master developing every part of the strategy to the last detail. This is what makes hard work look so easy.We practiced for hours critiquing each others speeches, how to use the podium and the importance of a cool and calm demeanor. A day did not go by that we did not meet.
On the day we were to give our campaign speeches, a crisis arose. The principal removed the podium. None of the candidates before us had used the podium. I caught his eye and I must have looked like a deer caught in th

Posted by Elaine Ely - Naples, FL - High school friend   April 27, 2012

Candle

I watched American BandStand when I was a teenager. I loved Dick Clark,I thought he was the greatest. He will be well missed. Rest in Peace Dick and rest with God.

Posted by Tonia Brimm - Fan   April 27, 2012

Candle

Dick Clark will be missed by the world. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Dani - Fan   April 26, 2012

Candle

You have been such an "Icon" for most of my life. Thank you for being in my life. Rest now with all of our Love !

Posted by dcooper    April 24, 2012

Candle

You will be very missed, what are great guy,Steve & Debbie Andrad

Posted by Debbie & Steve Andrade - Fan   April 23, 2012

Candle

I remember watching American Bandstand when I was in high school and thereafter. Dick Clark was such a gracious host to the new talent that appeared on this show. So many of these great talents became famous on his show. He was always a gentleman and I admired him greatly. I wish the TV hosts of today had his charm, warmth and genuineness. His memory will live on.

Posted by Elli - Fan   April 22, 2012

As many others of my generation, I grew up watching American Band Stand. It was a mirror of the social fabric on which we all wore a badge. Without him, Motown, Blues and Rock would not be alive and socially acceptable. Thank you Dick for guiding us through so many troubled times with music as our voice.

Posted by Marie Hogue - Balch Springs, TX - Fan   April 22, 2012

Candle

The creme de la creme as spokesperson for our marvelous rock 'n' roll era!! During the fabulous 50's, I used to rush home from school to watch 'American Bandstand.' As a teenager, Dick Clark was a HUGE part of my life. You WILL be missed. Sleep well, my friend.

Posted by Richard W. Mills - Ardent Fan   April 22, 2012

i watched dick clark sine i was 13 yrs old (now 64). he was the greatest

Posted by carol baldwin - canon city, CO - fiend   April 22, 2012

Candle

You were an American Idol, I enjoyed Bandstand, the Pyramid show, and I grew up with you in the 60's and still enjoyed you every New Years Eve. It is not the same without a man like you representing America. Thank you for who you were for many of us. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Posted by Sharon - fan   April 21, 2012

Candle

RIP Dick

Posted by Kim    April 21, 2012

Candle

Dick Clark brought us rock music and dancing when we needed it most--in the 60s and he never quit until he died. RIP

Posted by Carla H. - fan   April 21, 2012

Candle

RIP Dick, You will live in the hearts of us all for many years to come.

Posted by Lynn Clark - Fan   April 21, 2012

Candle

New Year's Eve will never be the same. R.I.P.

Posted by Maureen - fan   April 20, 2012

Candle

I was born in North Carolina in 1964. When I became old enough to know what television was and how to watch it, it was 1969. Two of my favorite shows to watch that year were Sesame Street and AMERICAN BANDSTAND. I was fascinated by the voice of the host of American Bandstand and, at that time, got to learn more about Dick Clark and the purpose of his show. I truly enjoyed what he was doing and why he was doing it as, in my opinion, he was one of the BEST people of my generation to introduce new talent that we can call legends today.... from all genres of music, from Rock and Roll, to Country, to Rhythm and Blues, to Soul, to Disco, and to Rock in the single form, and even in the early stages of Hip-Hop.... he recognized new talent and was not afraid to bring them on stage for people to get to know and love.....Dick Clark is a true mogul, among other moguls that brought stars to life. I believe that all radio stations today should recognize the people of yesteryear (and now) that brought forward the people that we listen to on their daily programs. We lost other icons this year, also the LEGENDARY Whitney Houston, and Don Cornelius, the founder of SOUL TRAIN.....neither Mr. Clark or Mr. Cornelius cared about what a person looked like or what they believed in. If they knew and felt the raw talent, they made sure people could know it and feel it too!! What I hope Mr. Clark's family will appreciate is that, when I was a college freshman, I tuned in to both American Bandstand and Soul Train on Saturday afternoons in an attempt to self-teach myself to dance like the dancers on each show. My hallmates caught me in the middle of watching American Bandstand, where I was dressed in suitably from the waist up (jacket and tie) and remained in bedwear downward. Though I may have looked like a spectacle, the show encouraged me to better myself on the dance floor and I prevailed. That said, Mr. Clark, I sincerely thank you!!! Today, I do believe that people like Ryan Seacrest are doing an absolutely FINE job continuing with bringing on fresh faces like those who triumphed on American Idol and even those who fell slightly short but have demonstrated greatness even after their departure from the show. Kudos, Mr. Seacrest, and hats off to all the radio DJs, TV personalities, and those who began before Dick Clark that became legends even in HIS own eyes. He will certainly be missed! And, for now, we WILL NEVER say GOODBYE.... we look forward to seeing you soon. So I'll close with his credible last two words at the end of his shows (Bloopers, Pyramids, et al) ---

For now, Mr. Clark..SO LONG! - Ken Walker (Durham, NC)

Posted by Ken Walker - Fan   April 20, 2012

Candle

I REMEMBER WATCHING HIM ON 2012 NEW YEARS ROCKIN EVE. 2013 WILL NOT BE THE SAME. REST IN PEACE DICK CLARK WE WILL BE ROCKIN IN IONIA,MICHIGAIN FOR U

Posted by tammy blake - a FAN   April 20, 2012

Candle

Thanks for the wonderful memories.......
You will be missed.
Love and Sympathy to your family,

Posted by Judy Palmer    April 19, 2012

Candle

The world is full of sadness today. Mr Dick Clark, you will be remembered in the hearts of so many. Such a Dignified & Honorable Man. My thoughts & prayers go out to your family & friends, and all who loved you R.I.P. Sir

Posted by Bari-Christine    April 19, 2012

He will be missed by all who loved him and was a great guy who loved people and music. We will miss you Dick Clark.

Posted by bonnie lynch - west carrollton, OH - fan   April 19, 2012

Candle

Im 54 yrs old and as a lil girl i watched every sat american banstand it was the hilite of my week my parents watched also he was the greatest and brought so much music to us he will be greatly missed in so many ways so glad i got to experience his shows my heart goes out to his family there will not be another dick clark i wished they wud put on tv all his american band shows asa tv show thank you for everything

Posted by keven shaffer - a loving fan   April 19, 2012

Candle

You will b missed you had a so many shows for our entertainment but the best of all was american bandstand i wished they would have a station that once a week they wud put this on tv my heart goes out to your family and you are loved rest in peace

Posted by keven shaffer - a fan   April 19, 2012

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." -Psalm 116:15.A good clean cut All-American boy made good. May his Memory be eternal !!!

Posted by Metropolitan Ephraem - New Jersey, NJ - Middletown   April 19, 2012

Candle

American Bandstand and New Year's, they are Dick Clark. I haven't watched that ball drop since his stroke. God, welcome him home where only you are famous. God bless his family and friends.

Posted by Kim - Just a fan   April 19, 2012

Candle

i will always remember Dick Clark when he was doing the New Years rockin Eve he will be deeply missed

Posted by Anne Mix - a fan   April 19, 2012

I used to rush home from school to watch Bandstand when you were in Philly. Loved it. Kept watching when it became AMERICAN BANDSTAND. you were always the gentleman, kind to the kids and visitors.
YOU WILL BE MISSED.
Judy from Michigan.

Posted by Judith Rogers    April 19, 2012

I'll remember Dick Clark every New Year's Eve that comes and goes.

Posted by Paul Hoffmann    April 19, 2012

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Truely will be miss Mr.Dick Clark .R.I.Paradise love u ur fan.

Posted by CARRIE HABERSHAM - Faithful fan The Habersham Fam   April 19, 2012

The late great Dick Clark's been such an American entertainment icon who'll be deeply missed. May his Soul R.I.P.

Posted by Christopher Hagee - Phoenixville, PA   April 19, 2012

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Thanks for your memories and the music will lives on and on and beyond......Dick!

Posted by Shawn Williams - Singer/Fan   April 19, 2012

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R.I.P. Dick Clark. You were truly one of a kind. You will be dearly missed.

Posted by Karen Griffis    April 18, 2012

I wasn't around to see Dick Clark on 'American Bandstand' but I've been watching him host 'New Year's Eve' for as long as I can remember. Over the years, watching him count down the final moments of the year has become a special New Year's tradition. Witnessing his courage and determination in overcoming the stroke that he suffered several years ago has been inspirational to me. I can't imagine a New Year's Eve without Dick Clark...his presence will be missed.

Posted by Sarah - Marlborough, MA   April 18, 2012

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Really Enjoyed Hearing You all My Life , RIP , God Be With You and Your Family .

Posted by david chavez - Brother thru God   April 18, 2012

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Fun music and great memories of American Bandstand you will be missed God bless your family and prayers to all

Posted by Carla glover    April 18, 2012


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"American Bandstand" host Dick Clark, left, with Little Richard before the "supergroup" finale of "American Bandstand's 50th...A Celebration, 4/21/ 2002, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif. A variety of musicians including Michael Jackson, Cher and Stevie Wonder taped performances.
In this July 4, 2008 file photo, "American Bandstand" icon Dick Clark speaks about diabetes during a visit to Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla.
Performer Michael Jackson, left, talks with Dick Clark, host of the American Bandstand 50th...A Celebration as Jackson arrives for the taping of the show Saturday, April 20, 2002 in Pasadena, Calif. The show will air May 3.
Dick Clark speaks after receiving a special Emmy tribute at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 27, 2006, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The famed television host is auctioning off a number of items from his personal collection of musical memorabilia, including the microphone he used.
Members of the group Alabama present Dick Clark, center, with one of their guitars at the 37th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Wednesday, May 22, 2002, in Los Angeles. From left to right are Jeff Cook, Randy Owen, Clark, Mark Herndon and Teddy Gentry.
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, left, Jewel, center, and Dick Clark announce the nominations for the 29th annual American Music Awards Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The three-hour American Music Awards will be broadcast by ABC-TV on Jan. 9 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

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Producer Dick Clark poses with Kid Rock during rehearsals for the American Music Awards, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, in Los Angeles.
Barry Manilow, right, joins Dick Clark on stage during a special Emmy tribute to Clark at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Dick Clark broadcasts New Year's festivities from Times Square in New York for ABC, Dec. 31, 1996.
Disc jockey television personality Dick Clark looks over some papers during an American Bandstand show in Philadelphia in this undated photo.
Producer Dick Clark, right, lights a candle on a birthday cake for NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, center as Dana Williams from Diamond Rio looks on Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Dick Clark looks over the American Music Awards script with singer Christina Aguilera, right, during rehearsals, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, in Los Angeles. The show airs Monday.

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Entertainer Milton Berle, once known as "Mr. Television," left, jokes with Emmy Awards' executive producer Dick Clark during a rehersal of the show at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, in Pasadena, Calif.. The 48th annual Emmy Awards show takes place Sunday, Sept. 8.
Dick Clark, producer of the 35th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, looks over the show's script with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, the husband-wife team both nominated for several awards including each for Entertainer of the Year, during rehearsals May 2, 2000, at the Universal Amphitheatre in CA
American Music Awards executive producer Dick Clark, left, and award presenters left to right: sisters Kelsi, Kassidy and Kristy Osborn, announce the nominees for the 28th "American Music Awards," Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at a hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 20 awards will be presented during a thr
American Music Awards executive producer Dick Clark, chats with country music singer Garth Brooks following a rehearsal of Brooks' performance for Monday night's awards telecast, Saturday, Jan. 27, 1996, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Producer Dick Clark, right, directs singer Kelly Clarkson, center, and Nick Lachey to photographers after they announced nominees for the annual American Music Awards, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The awards are to be presented Nov. 14.
Entertainer Dick Clark, left, speaks with actors Martin Sheen, center, and Salma Hayek as they announce the 1999 Golden Globes nominations at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Monday, Dec. 20, 1999. The Golden Globes air Jan. 23 on NBC.

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In this 1957 file photo, Dick Clark is seen surrounded by fans during a television broadcast of "American Bandstand."
Dick Clark answers a question during a news conference Dec. 19, 2001, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Clark announced that he filed a $10 M lawsuit against Recording Acad. Pres. Michael Greene, accusing him of barring artists who appear first on Clark's American Music Awards from performing on the Grammy's
This March 8, 1982 file photo shows Dick Clark. Clark, the television host who helped bring rock `n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 of a heart attack. He was 82.
Well wishers send messages to Dick Clark by holding up signs Friday, Dec. 31, 2004 during the New Year's Eve celebration at Times Square in New York. Friday's New Year's Eve celebration was the first without Clark in 35 years because of a stroke he suffered in recent weeks.
Actress Charlize Theron, and Dick Clark, executive producer of the 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards, announce that actor Al Pacino, not in photo, has been selected to receive the 2001 Cecil B. DeMille Award, during a news conference, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Dick Clark pauses on the set during a rehearsal for the Pennsylvania Lottery's 25th anniversary game show Thursday, March 6, 1997, in Philadelphia. The lottery is celebrating its anniversary with a show hosted by Clark that will air Saturday, March 8, 1997.

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Dick Clark, right, interviews New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surrounded by New York City Police officers during New Year's celebrations late Wednesday night, Dec. 31, 2003, in times Square New York that took place under some of the tightest anti-terrorism measures in U.S. history.
Producer Dick Clark, left, talks with singer Rod Stewart during rehearsals, Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, for the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. The awards show will be held on Sunday.
Show host Reba McEntire, right, is joined by producer Dick Clark during the 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Wednesday, May 26, 2004.
Dick Clark, executive producer of the American Music Awards, greets singer Alicia Keys after her performance rehearsal for the 32nd Annual American Music Awards, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The awards show is to be televised live on Sunday.
Entertainer and former host, Dick Clark, chats with an unidentified person at the original American Bandstand studio in Philadelphia, Aug. 5, 1997, on the 40th anniversary of the television show. Scholars say the show was a prime factor in making rock 'n' roll so popular with teens in the 50s & 60s.
Dick Clark, left, accepts an Award of Merit from Bon Jovi Band members, from second from left, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan and Richie Sambora during rehearsals, Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, for the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. The awards show will be held on Sunday.

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In this April 20, 2002 file photo, Dick Clark, host of the American Bandstand television show, introduces entertainer Michael Jackson on stage during taping of the show's 50th anniversary special in Pasadena, Calif.
In this Feb. 3, 1959 file photo, Dick Clark selects a record in his station library in Philadelphia. Clark, the television host who helped bring rock `n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 of a heart attack. He was 82.
Disc jockey television personality Dick Clark looks over some papers during an American Bandstand show in Philadelphia in this undated photo.
Dick Clark, left, and Ryan Seacrest are seen during the the American Bandstand Tribute at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, June 27, 2010, in Las Vegas.
Dick Clark, left, kisses Kari Clark after the American Bandstand Tribute at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, June 27, 2010, in Las Vegas.
In a January 25, 1986 file photo provided by ABC-TV Dick Clark, executive producer of the "American Music Award" telecast, right, goes over production notes with singer Teddy Pendergrass during rehearsal at the Shirne Auditorium in Los Angeles.

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In this Jan. 24, 1993 file photo, singer Michael Jackson and American Music Awards executive producer Dick Clark go over the script during rehearsals for The American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
A teenage Linda Deutsch poses with Dick Clark on the set of American Bandstand in January, 1959 in Philadelphia. She presented a petition for an all-Elvis show.