Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dick Clark (1929-2012)

"America's oldest teenager" has gone to the sock hop in the sky.

Dick Clark, synonymous with American Bandstand and The $10,000 (later $25,000 & $100,000) Pyramid from the 50's through the 80's, passed away this morning after a heart attack at 82.

Clark was one of the busiest men in show business for years. In addition to the above franchises, he dabbled in primetime with a blooper series that aired on NBC, partnered with close friend Ed McMahon (The Tonight Show, Star Search), and also was the producer of the American Music Awards for several years.

Here is a 1967 clip from Bandstand:

After a stroke in 2004, Clark ceded another long-running franchise, his annual New Year's Rockin' Eve specials, now hosted by another busy fellow, Ryan Seacrest (American Top 40, American Idol, etc.). New Year's Eve for a lot of people won't be the same again. Look for GSN, which has been airing Pyramid marathons on Friday nights, to pay tribute to Clark this weekend.

Rest in peace, Dick. They're opening a malt shop in Heaven just for you.


magicdog said...

A terrible loss!

I grew up watching Dick Clark play the latest music on American Bandstand, watched him on game shows when I was home sick from school, and laughed at the bloopers and practical jokes he and Ed McMahon played on various celebs in a "Candid Camera" like fashion.

DC's Rockin' Eve was also a staple at my house every NYE! When he retired, it just wasn't the same without him.

May you keep on spinning records in Heaven Dick! Make sure they have a good beat and we can dance to it!

hobbyfan said...

And they'll be playing blooper reels, too, now that he'll be reunited with Ed McMahon.