Dick Clark dead at 82

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    Dick Clark dead at 82

    Dick Clark, the music industry maverick, longtime TV host and powerhouse producer who changed the way we listened to pop music with American Bandstand, and whose trademark Rockin' Eve became a fixture of New Year's celebrations, died today at the age of 82, ABC News has learned.

    Clark, who suffered a serious stroke in 2004 but returned to the airwaves, reportedly died from a heart attack.

    Born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on Nov. 30, 1929, Richard Wagstaff Clark began his lifelong career in show business began before he was even out of high school. He started working in the mailroom of WRUN, a radio station in upstate New York run by his father and uncle. It wasn't long before the teenager was on the air, filling in for the weatherman and the announcer.

    Clark pursued his passion at Syracuse University, working as a disc jockey at the student-run radio station while studying for his degree in business. After graduating in 1951, Clark went back to his family's radio station, but within a year, a bigger city and bigger shows were calling.

    Clark landed a gig as a DJ at WFIL in Philadelphia in 1952, spinning records for a show he called Dick Clark's Caravan of Music. There he broke into the big time, hosting Bandstand, an afternoon dance show for teenagers.

    Within five years, the whole country was watching. ABC took the show national, and American Bandstand was born.

    Blazing a New Trail in Pop Music

    American Bandstand's formula was simple. Clean-cut boys and girls danced to the hottest hits and the newest singles. In between, Clark chatted with the teens, who helped "rate-a-record," turning songs into sensations. Everyone showed up on American Bandstand: from Elvis Presley to Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry to Chubby Checker.

    When Dick Clark moved to Hollywood in 1963, American Bandstand moved with him. He started Dick Clark Productions, and began cranking out one hit show after another; his name became synonymous with everything from the $25,000 Pyramid to TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes to the American Music Awards. In 1972, Dick Clark became synonymous with one of the biggest nights of the year.

    New Year's Rockin' Eve

    Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on ABC became a Dec. 31 tradition, with Clark hosting the festivities for more than three decades, introducing the entertainment acts and, of course, counting down to midnight as the ball dropped in New York's Times Square.

    But the traditional celebration saw a temporary stop in 2004, when Clark suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and struggling to speak. Regis Philbin stepped in. But by the next New Year's Eve, Dick Clark was back, his speech still impaired. In halting words, he told the audience, "I had to teach myself how to walk and talk again. It's been a long, hard fight. My speech is not perfect but I'm getting there."

    But that didn't stop him: he returned each year, and recently he was joined by Ryan Seacrest.
    The Museum of Broadcast Communications has done the math, and figures that Dick Clark Productions has turned out more than 7,500 hours of television programming, including more than 30 series and 250 specials, as well as more than 20 movies for theatre and TV.

    All this earned Clark a long list of awards and accolades: Emmys, Grammys, induction in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It also made him one of the richest men in Hollywood; he also had stakes in a wide range of businesses, including restaurants, theatres and real estate.

    In March of (2012/this year), he put one of his homes on the market, asking $3.5 million for a one-of-a-kind house on 22 acres in Malibu, modeled after Fred and Wilma's house on "The Flintstones."

    "America's Oldest Teenager"


    Clark, whose eternally youthful look earned him the nickname "America's Oldest Teenager", is survived by his three children and his third wife, Keri Wigton, married to him since 1977. He credited his appearance to good genes, once saying "if you want to stay young looking, pick your parents very carefully."

    Now, America's Oldest Teenager is gone, leaving his indelible mark on generations of fans, and helping change rock 'n' roll and TV forever. His signature sign-off was always "For now, Dick Clark… so long," said with a salute. Today, generations of Americans are saluting back.

     
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    Sad, Clark was one of the music industry's true pioneers. Introduced so many bands to the masses. Without him, do we have MTV, AI and any other music show? To get on AB, meant you made it, and would often translate into huge record sales and instant fame.
     
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    American Bandstand was a must watch back in the day. Dick Clark seemingly never aged. Rest in peace Mr. Clark.
     
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    I give it a 75 - it had a beat and you could dance to it.
     
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    Dick Clark left his mark for sure.  Talk about a life well-lived.   I saw the clip of Madonna telling Dick Clark that she hoped to "rule the world" one day; guess he helped her get her wish.  May he RIP.  
     
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    Sad news indeed. I have fond memories of many a New Year's Eve as a child. My gram was pretty strict with bed times..but New Years we always stayed up to watch Dick Clark's special.
    He changed the way people of that generation thought about modern music and made music such a mainstream and important part of people's everyday life.
     
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    I'm going to miss him every New Year's Eve. His Rockin' Eve was a big tradition in my house.  

     
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    Here's a list of musicians who made their television debut on American Bandstand:

    • Linda Ronstadt (born 1946)

      American singer.

      • Made her television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
    • Cyndi Lauper (born 1953)

      American singer.

      • Made her television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
    • Gladys Knight (born 1944)

      American singer who has had many hits with her band, The Pips.

      • Made her television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
    • Janet Jackson (born 1966)

      American singer and actress.

      • Made her television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
    • Madonna (born 1958)

      American singer, songwriter and actress. Original name: Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone.

      • Made her television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
    • Brenda Lee (born 1944)

      American musician.

      • Made her television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Stevie Wonder (born 1950)
      • American singer, songwriter and musician who has been blind since birth. Original name: Steveland Morris.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Johnny Cash (born 1932)

        American singer and songwriter known as ''The Man in Black.''

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Conway Twitty (born 1933, died 1993)

        American singer. Original name: Harold Lloyd Jenkins.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Prince Rogers Nelson (born 1958)

        American musican, singer and songwriter. Became popular under the one-word name Prince, then changed his name to a pictorial symbol.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Sam Cooke (born 1935, died 1964)

        American singer and songwriter.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Paul Anka (born 1941)

        Canadian singer and songwriter.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Bobby Darin (born 1936, died 1973)

        American singer and actor. Original name: Walden Robert Cassotto.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Bill Haley (born 1925, died 1981)

        American singer and musician best known for the song ''Rock Around the Clock.''

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • James Brown (born 1934)

        American singer and songwriter known as ''The Godfather of Soul.''

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Otis Redding (born 1941, died 1967)

        American singer and songwriter.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Neil Diamond (born 1940)

        American singer, songwriter and actor.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Jerry Lee Lewis (born 1935)

        American musician and singer.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • John Cougar Mellencamp (born 1951)

        American singer, songwriter and musician.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Paul Simon (born 1941)

        American musician, singer and songwriter.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Chuck Berry (born 1926)

        American musician, singer and songwriter.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Billy Idol (born 1955)

        English singer. Original name: William Broad.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Paul Young (born 1956)

        English singer.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Art Garfunkel (born 1942)

        American singer and actor.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Greg Kihn

        American singer.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Billy Ocean (born 1950)

        English singer.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Huey Lewis (born 1951)

        American singer. Original name: Hugh Gregg.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • William ''Smokey'' Robinson (born 1940)

        American singer and songwriter.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
      • Buddy Holly (born 1936, died 1959)

        American musician, singer and songwriter.

        • Made his television debut on ''''American Bandstand''''
     
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