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04/18/2012

Remembering Dick Clark

Entertainment legend Dick Clark died on Wednesday of a massive heart attack.  He was 82.    Clark helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand."   He was long dubbed "the world's oldest teenager" because of his boyish appearance, Clark also was a successful businessman.

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He hosted ABC's annual New Year's Rockin' Eve special and produced a variety of game shows and music specials for TV, including and the American Music Awards.

Click on comment below to share your memories of Dick Clark.

Comments

Maureen

A true American Icon who will be sorely missed by all...New Year's Eve will never be the same!

Donna

I actually cried last night when I heard of Dick Clarks passing. It was like losing a member of the family. I used to watch American Bandstand every Saturday with my Dad back in the 50's it was a ritual. Learned how to dance by watching the show. Rest in Peace Dick we will miss you very very much!!!

Evelyn Ramos

I was about 8 years old when first American Bandstands hit the air. I Never missed a show. We lost a big icon of television. I still watch all of the pyramid games. Thank so much Dick clark, for bring so much joy into everyones home.He will definitely be missed in 2013 when the ball drops.I do believe he will be watching from above saluting New Yorkers, with 'So Long'.Rip!

Loretta

I loved watching Dick Clark's Rockin New Year's Eve celebration. I also remember coming home from school and watching American Bandstand. My sister and I would dance just like they did on TV. He is going to be missed. R.I.P. Dick Clark!

Clotilde A Donato

As a teenager I remember I couldn't wait for Saturday to watch American Bandstand and as an adult I couldn't wait for New Years Eve to see him bring in the New Year. It will never be the same again. Rest in Peace Dick Clark you will surely be missed.

Bobby

I remember Dick Clark each year when he was famous for helping the nation ring in the New Year on December 31st. He will be missed. I last watched Dick Clark on youtube.com of when he was a Celebrity panelist along with betty white on Pyramid TV Show hosted by Donny Osmond. He although did a great job doing the New Year's Rocking eve even though his speech had slow him down due to the stroke he had in 2004. He is like a father to Ryan Seacrest. For now, Dick Clark, so long (with a salute).

LEONORA HEITLER

I GREW UP IN NEW YORK CITY AND WATCHED AMERICAN BANDSTAND AFTER COMING HOME FROM SCHOOL. I REALLY ENJOYED LISTENING TO THE MUSIC AND ALL THE GROUPS HE PRESENTED. LATER WATCHED $25,OOO PYRMAID AND ENJOYED THE SHOW.
I WILL TRULY MISS DICK CLARK. MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO HIS WIFE AND FAMILY.

John Stubing

Rest In Peace, Dick Clark. I was a big fan of yours.
John Stubing, NY

Marge-Newburgh,ny

American Bandstand was my generations answer to MTV--We learned all the new song,learned about all the new artist and all the latest dance moves--Rest Peacefully Dick Clark and may your Family feel the love from all across the WORLD!

Evelyn Ramos

Thank you so much Dick Clark, for the wonderful times you gave the world. I learn how to rock & roll, mash potatoe,do the twist,and do the hassle,watching American Bandstands. You truely were a legend and will be terribly missed.So long for now.

miss theresa haase

i remember dick clark when he had is own show, the american bandstand he had good people on there let him r.i.p. time is 5:38am date is 4-19-2012

Romaroe


Times Square should be renamed Dick Clark Way. My fondest memories were of coming home from All Saints High School in Brooklyn and watching Bandstand while doing homework. Rest in Peace Dick Clark.

Bunny Music

My sister and I made sure we were home by 4:00 to watch American Bandstand 5 days a week. Thanks to Dick Clark for making our teenage years great! RIP

darlene daab

i had the honor of meeting sdick clark 35 years ago. he did a lecture at stevens insttuter of technolgy in hoboken on the impact of rock and roll on society. then my old bopyfriend took me to meet him personally. we talked for only a few minutes but he made an impact on me. you shall never be forgotten in my memory or my heart rip dick.

Nick Besink

In 1981 I was up at Dick Clark's apartment doing an interview with he and Deborah Harry of "BLONDIE" fame.
During a break in the interview, I was talking to who I thought was a production assistant, well she was, but also was Dick Clark's wife Kari!
I was relating to her that I had recorded many American Bandstand shows on audio tape over the years and had a trivia question for her.
When she heard the question, which was "what was the first song played on American Bandstand when it moved to California?"

Kari immediately called Dick over to where we were sitting and said you got to hear this!
I explained that I was a fan of AB since a kid and he did not know the answer to the trivia question which was "ABIGAIL BEECHER" by Freddie Cannon.
We had a nice little conversation about American Bandstand!
His eyes lit up when Bandstand was mentioned and we talked close to a half an hour about it!

Dick Clark was as easy to talk to as he seemed on TV.
I got to work with Dick for New Year's Eve in the year 2000.
Again, he was as seemed on TV...
A very gracious and honest person and one that I will miss.

Nick Besink

Bobby Monaco

One of the most important ,sincere, television personalities of our time. There will never be another Dick Clark.

gail villanova

Goodbye to a true legend my parents packed us up one day togoand be on American bandstand. Me and my sisters it was a great exp.one I am glad to have been a part of we always ran home from school so as not to MISS theshow goodbye to a wonderful man

Sean Hatch

I am sad to hear about Dick Clark may he rest in peace and I watch him on American Bandstand over the years and on new year's eve I always watch him in Timesquare even though I never met him in person and also I remember he was on Dan Ingram's show on WABC AM Dan was interviewing Dick so I just want him to rest in peace and give my sympathy to his family so rest in peace Dick Clark we will all miss you!

Nancy Muddell

Dick Clark~ the man who always reminded us of our youth, our teen years...long after we left those times behind...has taken his walk up the "Stairway To Heaven" where a new American Bandstand has opened its doors. How clearly I recall racing home from school each day with my best friend to turn on the TV and dance along with all the AB regulars. We felt like we were all a part of Dick Clark's Bandstand family!
Rest in Peace, Dick Clark...knowing how happy you made so many people around the world. You touched our lives as no one could. This New Year's Eve and those to follow won't be the same without you! But as you always said...no goodbye..just "So long" until we all "Rock Around the Clock" again with you one day!

Sue

What about Dick Clark's family. Do they not warrant awareness of who they are and what they meant to him.

Willie

I'm 44 and just developed a heart condition. After his stroke he went on to do what he always does. Gives me great inspiration for me to keep going with my medical condition. After all he's done...I learned to Keep on Hoppin....the way it was on the Bandstand. Rest in Peace Dick Clark!!

Ramonna

I remembered all the new years eves's watching tv and counting down with Dick Clark

Judy Y

A legend has passed and New Years will never be the same without him. I grew up with Dick Clark and he was always considered the guy that never aged. He is the one and only and no one can fill his shoes. My heart goes out to his wife because they are so in love

Anthony

Rest In Peace Dick Clark you were truly an icon and you will be missed. I remember staying up late every New Years Eve with my dad it was tradition and when my dad passed on it wasn't the same and now it won't be the same now either without you. My mom remembers coming home from school and watch Bandstand every day with her best friend.

Tom

It was always Great to see Dick Clark on New Year's Eve. Even with all of the anxieties of a New Year coming in, he made us all feel everything would be ok.

Daniel

I remember when Dick Clark hosted the $25,000 pyramid and the $100,000 pyramid. He was a great host.

Lester Patterson

I remember running home from grade school in the 50s to watch American Bandstand. The Four Seasons, Beach Boys, Chubby Checker, Motown,etc. They all were introduced by Dick Clark. I didn't realize he was 20 years older than me, but the Baby Boomers have truly lost a hero. RIP.

Tracy

Dick Clark will truly be missed. New Years Eve will never be the same and Ryan now has real big shoes to fill. I'll always rember dancing to American Bandstand on a Saturday morning.

Judy Lawley

I grew up watching and listening to American Bandstand. Dick Clark bonded people together of all ages through music of the 50's and 60's. I remember Buddy Holly, Brenda Lee, Chubby Checker, Elvis, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Connie Francis, Bobby Rydell and many more. He will be missed.

Lorraine

I was so sad when i hear Dick Clark past away.He will be missed.Dick Clark was the muisc and new year will never be the same.My heart and prays goes out to his family.He was the muisc and NEW YORK loves u.RIP Dick Clark and thank you for the great music you brough to us.

Ginger Jensen

I will always remember racing home from school to watch "American Bandstand" on TV. Every New Year's Eve was spent with Dick Clark as we watched the ball come down on TV. He will be greatly missed! I'm so glad I taped him on TV last New Year's Eve as he kissed his wife at the start of 2012!

jill o'leary

the world has lost an icon. i always watched american bandstand, pyramid and of course new years rockin eve. does anyone remember that barry manilow wrote the theme for american bandstand? rest in peace dick. new years eve won't be the same.

India Cedeno

God Has Callen For An Angel And His Name Is....
Mr.Dick Clark.....
I Grew Up Watching Him On T.v And He Will Be Missed Greatly....
I Strongly Suggest That The Best Way To Keep His Memories Alive Is By Renameing Time Sqaure To
Dick Clark Square....
Being That Millions Of People Shared There New Year With Mr. Dick Clark In Times Square....

I'm Just Saying What Better Way To Show Our Love To Him And His Family???

cindy Laduca

So Sorry To Hear Of Your Passing Dick. But New Years Eve 2013 In Heaven Will Be The BIGGEST Rock And Roll Party Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! R.I.P.

Judy B

Dick Clark held the hands of a multitude of generations as he entered our living rooms and introduced us to decades of musical legends. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for his dedication to music and ability to cross generations each New Years Eve and bring us all together in hopes of a year better than the last! He will be greatly missed.

david

i remember watching dick clark as a teenager you will be missed you will always be remember as the oldest teenager god bless my dear friend.

ARMANDO GOODWIN

HE WAS THE PIONEER OF ROCK & ROLL, I USED TO WATCH AMERICAN BANDSTAND WHEN CHUBBY CHECKER WAS ON THERE! HE ALWAYS HAD THE TOP SINGER OF THAT ERA ON HIS SHOW, NO MATTER WHO IT WAS. HE WILL BE MISSED IN MY HEART!

Charlene Killbrew

Dick Clark, i will always remember him why it was the year of 1989 in too 1990 i had just had my son i got very sick after giving child brith Dec 29,1989 I gave brith to my son i was on life support i still say his voice woke me up after 3day all the Doctor said i just can no believe it every one just new that was it. but i heard is voice say 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1,happy New years i just open my eyes

Thank YOU
Dick Clark

Joanne Kane

I first saw Dick Clark, when I was eleven years old and a patient at the Shriner's Hospital, in Philadelphia. He brought smiles to all of our faces, as he gave us a glimpse into the world that we were missing, waiting for our surgeries and often bed bound, due to our casts. It was the highlight of our day when Bandstand came on.

Thank you, Dick Clark, for those moments of joy, when life was so difficult.

Joanne  E Ardis

Wow! The Man that I have listened to for so many years with American Bandstand and I watched the two game shows that he hosted and also every year's end with New Year's Rockin Eve, It will never be the same now that he has passed away. He was the greatest and most Talented Man in the Industry. May He rest in everlasting Peace through all eternity. God Bless his Family.

thomas colon

i will miss dick clark so much<3!! ihave watch him on abc every saturday morning/afternoon! love 100 dollar prymid and bloopers and praticle jokes!!=0)!!as well of course every end of the year party, the one and only party to be at!!where the whole world would be!!r.i.p. my oldest living american teen-aged friend!!<3!!

Tim Court

I think the greatest thing that could be done to remember Dick Clark next year for New Years Eve....Is to make the lights on ball look like a portrait of his face....I'm sure it can be done. R.I.P. Dick Clark

ANN COLODNY

WHEN I WAS 13 AND GREW UP IN WASHINGTON DC I WAS INVITED TO DANCE ON AMERICAN BANDSTAND NOW AT 67 I CAN REMEMBER ALL THE LAUGHTER , THE ROCK AND ROLL AND THE WHOLE MAGILLAH LEAD BY A HANDSOME AND CHARISMATIC , KIND MAN

DICK CLARD RIP DICK WE LOVE YOU

ANN

lori  moller

i will miss dick clark he gave somany so many starts in the music industry.. he will be truly missed.. he HE WAS AN ICON.. he wasnt mr. new years eve he was dick clark never in the limelight hope he gets more attention then the ones he helped gain a career then the drug addicts in the industry.. the best tribute would be i think in ny would to be have the ball drop the day of his funeral thats a tribute to all

Barbara Eckardt

So so sad - my prayers are with his wife and family. We know now there is Rock n Roll in heaven...for sure. Rest in Peace Dick....you've had a long battle...

Kathy

Dick Clark...the man, the icon...Mr. New Year's Eve! New York City and the world will remember you with each drop of the ball in Times Square.

Ron Walker

I AM ORIGINALLY FROM PHILLY LIVING IN CLEARWATER, FLORIDA. I REMEMBER WATCHING THE HIGH SCHOOL KIDS LINED UP TO GET INTO AMERICAN BANDSTAND. THE OLD ABC AFFILIATE STATION WFIL-TV AT 45TH AND MARKET IN WEST PHILLY.

Holly Kim Wilson

I grew up on Long Beach Island, NJ. Pre-cable, we'd only get channels from Philly, and that included ABC and American Bandstand. Before it became national. Even now, I hear that intro music and it takes me back.

You're are missed, Mr. Clark. I'll raise a glass for you this New Year's Eve.

Myra Conover

Dick Clark was a big part of my childhood. Watched him every saturday, my mom said I used to dance in my playpen when he was on tv. He will be surely missed. RIP Dick Clark, and prayers go out to your family at this time.

Kevin Dagostino

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaC7qe_Fd18&feature=BFa&list=UUeEHWl1sXOnVDONRHZa5FmQ&lf=plcp

It truly is not the same without of him in 2013. here is a tribute to him.

Mitch Ziemba

R.I.P. Dick Clark and thanks so much for letting those young kids sing on your "American Bandstand" and because of it, turned into awesome 60's groups that we all love today!!

You will always be "Mr.American Bandstand"

Jane Foley

He is going to be missed so much by so many. I remember growning up hurrying to get home from school to watch American Bandstand. This New Years Eve is going to be so sad without him. R.I.P. Dick Clark you were well loved.

Mitch Ziemba

R.I.P....Dick Clark. You will be Soooo missed and you will always be "MR.American Bandstand"

Abbie

Dick Clark as been a part of my New Years forever. RIP

John OHern

I am so happy that Dick had his last New Years EVe celebrations with the world. Dick will be missed R.I.P

Justin From Atlanta

Please Excuse any typographical and/or grammatical errors as I'm in a state of shock,

I was not around to see Dick Clark in his prime with Bandstand and I only caught the Pyramid shows in reruns on GSN but what I always had Dick Clark on for New Year's eve. To me I wouldn't want to have spent a New Years eve without him even after his stroke he was always a welcome member in my NYE parties. I had the chance to talk with his wife Kari this year she's a very warm down to earth person my heart goes out to her and the rest of their family.

Thank You Dick Clark for ushering in the New Year & bringing us good tides.

RIP

Justin~

Sharon Ritchie

R.I.P. -- You will be greatly missed. Yes, there is a rock n' roll heaven and they're waiting for you!

Newton K

New Year's won't be the same without you Dick. Times Square will miss you.

Dan from South Amboy, NJ

I'm stunned Dick Clark is gone, he was the best entertainer, if it wasn't for him, we might never have seen Cyndi Lauper, Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, or Ryan Seacrest or American Idol, plus I'm a game show fan, I loved watching on Pyramid $10,000/$20,000/$25,000 and $100,000 Pyramids, he was the best game show host, and I will miss him

CHRISTOPHER HAGEE

I'm stunned over the fact that I've learned that the entertainment landscape has lost an icon. "Mr. American Bandstand" and the King of New Year's Eve for over 3 decades, Dick Clark is dead. Earlier in the day today he had suffered a fatal heart attack. He'd gone a little bit downhill after suffering a minor stroke just several years ago, but he'd been a fighter. Now he's been taken from us. May his soul R.I.P.

Liz Seegert

Dick Clark did more for rock & roll and countless bands than can be described. "Bandstand" made rock music acceptable to middle-American parents; his ability to spot up-and-coming talent was legendary. I will always have fond memories of watching the show on Saturdays and dancing to great "new" bands that I never would have heard if not for him.

Rock on!

Talia

He was a great man

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