As we remember the live of TV Producer and Host Dick Clark, we remember his legacy on American Bandstand and the countless hours of television. He has died at age 82, after what the family has described in a statement as a "massive heart attack". How will you remember the entertinment icon? Leave your comments below.
Rock, Roll, and Remembering Dick Clark
Who would have thought that a TV show with kids dancing to rock music would become an iconic part of our lives? Dick Clark and American Bandstand was a part of my youth, and I’ll bet yours too. It doesn’t matter what age you are, or even whether you liked Rock ‘n Roll, you had to admire the sheer fun of “AB”. I know I always wanted to be one of those kids in the audience; they all looked so happy and carefree. It seemed as if the problems of the world couldn’t penetrate the world that Dick created on his show. It was all about fun and of course the music.
In his biography “Rock Roll and Remember” Dick tells some incredible stories about what it was like in those heady days of early Rock ‘n Roll. The rollicking bus tours with the great groups. The battles with racism and intolerance. And the ultimate triumph of the music. It's a great read, you'll love it.
Dick Clark was much more than a TV host and "America's oldest teenager." His business skills and his production company were responsible for TV games shows, and all those “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” specials. Dick Clark was a renaissance man who loved art and architecture. He recently put his Malibu “Flintstones” house up for sale, yes, it looks like the cartoon house Fred and Wilma lived in.
I hate times like these. Having to take a lifetime of memories and in just a few minutes put together something you hope will be a fitting rememberance and tribute. Today I am very sad as I look back. Dick Clark and “AB” helped guide so many of us through our angst-ridden youth by showing us that you could take time to just enjoy the music. And now that Dick Clark is gone, I fear a little of our youth and innocence has left us as well. But we will have our memories. And always... the music.
Thank you Dick Clark … so long.
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