Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dick Clark 1929-2012

Dick Clark
Dick Clark (Photo credit: Alan Light)
An American icon passed away today.  Dick Clark suffered a massive heart attack this morning and died at the age of 82.  Clark was best know for being the host of American Bandstand and Dick Clark's Rocking New Year's Eve show every New Year's Eve.  He also was host of the game show The $10,000 Pyramid.

When I first old enough to stay up until midnight to bring in the New Year, it was Dick Clark's Rocking New Year's Eve that I would watch.  Watching the pop and rock performers on New Year's Eve beat the heck out of Guy Lombardo or Lawrence Welk.  It was the only New Year's Eve countdown show that I would ever watch until I no longer cared about seeing the New Year arrive.

Before there was the New Year's Eve show, I would watch Dick Clark hosting American Bandstand on Saturday afternoons. There I could see the latest Top 40 acts performing their latest hits.  It was a great way to keep up with the latest music.  Barry Manilow even had a hit song paying tribute to the show and its legendary host.  In honor of the life and legacy of Dick Clark it is posted below.  RIP Dick.

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