Sad to hear the news that TV host extraordinaire Dick Clark, 82, died of a heart attack Wednesday. A broadcasting legend Clark worked his way up from the mailroom of a Utica N.Y. TV station to become host of the host of the iconic American Bandstand.
Philly-based American Bandstand featured rock and roll, popular dance movies and oh yes, the latest in fashion and hair trends. “I played records, the kids danced, and America watched,” was how Clark once described the series’ simplicity.
American Bandstand was one of network TV’s longest-running
series, holding its place on ABC’s daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987. It later
aired for a year in syndication and briefly on the USA Network. Clark hosted and produce "American Bandstand" until 1989.
For a time in the 1980s, Clark had shows on all three networks and was listed among the Forbes 400 of wealthiest Americans. He produced and hosted game shows and TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes. Through his Dick Clark Productions, he produced the telecasts of such perennial TV events as the American Music Awards and the Golden Globes. And certainly, nothing say's "Happy New Year" more than Clark's "New Year's Rockin' Eve," which Clark created in 1972.
Clark was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993