RIP, Mr. Dick Clark

Posted by: ST on April 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Aww man! Such sad news. What an icon he was:

Dick Clark, the creator of “American Bandstand” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” died Wednesday morning.

He was 82.

Clark suffered a massive heart attack after entering St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica on Tuesday night for an outpatient procedure, his family said in a statement.

Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Clark had suffered a stroke in 2004, which forced him to significantly curtail his hosting of “New Years’ Rockin’ Eve,” a show he created in 1972.

Long dubbed “the world’s oldest teenager” because of his boyish appearance, Clark bridged the rebellious new music scene and traditional show business, and was equally comfortable whether chatting about music with Sam Cooke or bantering with Ed McMahon about TV bloopers.

He thrived as the founder of Dick Clark Productions, supplying movies, game and music shows, beauty contests and more to TV. Among his credits are “The $25,000 Pyramid,” “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes” and the American Music Awards.

But it was “American Bandstand” for which Clark was best known. The show was one of network TV’s longest-running series, airing as part of ABC’s daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987. Over the years, it introduced stars ranging from Buddy Holly to Michael Jackson to Madonna.

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He 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.”

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.

ABC News did a great tribute video to Clark, which you can watch below:

Thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He may be gone, but he and his role as a music-promoting machine will never be forgotten. His legacy will live on.

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  1. Rogertheshrubber says:

    Apparently Levon Helm of “The Band” fame is on his deathbed and expected to go any day now.

    Sad couple of days for the music world….

    RTS

  2. PE says:

    He never talked down to anyone. Quite an accomplishment in his business, more than I could have done, but at that, he was a better man than me. Hats off. RIP.

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    A truly wholesome and well-rounded character; a rare commodity these days.

  4. Kate says:

    Sorry to see him pass….a great tradition that started in Philadelphia, too! I’ll bet any American alive over the age of 35 has watched American Bandstand~brings on the nostalgia for simpler days! Rest in Peace, Dick….now there’s a Heavenly Bandstand!

  5. Jim McDonald says:

    I loved Dick Clark growing up, and always enjoyed his New Years shows. In a world that often seems cold & harsh, he was a ray of sunshine. I’d have to rate him 100% and easy to dance to.

  6. EBL says:

    I do not like speaking ill of the dead, but should Dick Clark answer for this?

  7. Casey says:

    Wow.

    …Time to spin up Manilow’s Bandstand Boogie, one more time…