Dick Clark was nothing short of an American Icon. As a radio, television, and game show personality, Clark brought his signature enthusiasm to every endeavor. Clark is best known as the host of American Bandstand. In 1952 he served as a regular guest host on a show named Bob Horn’s Bandstand. Clark became the full time host in 1956 and the show was eventually picked up by ABC Television and renamed American Bandstand.
Clark hosted American Bandstand from 1957 to 1989 showcasing Top 40 music and talent while teens danced on set. His guests included Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Avalon, David Bowie, The Jackson Five, and RUN DMC. Dick Clark eventually took over the reins of American Bandstand through Dick Clark Productions. It is considered one of the most successful shows of its kind running for a total of 31 seasons.
One of his most popular ventures became Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, which began in 1972. This show has become nationally synonymous with ringing in the New Year. Clark would host from New York City and have remote broadcasts set up across the country. Musical acts would perform at the various venues until the ball dropped in NYC. The show has run every year since 1972.
Dick Clark was a dreamer, an innovator, and a legend. It goes without saying that we’ll all miss the ‘World’s Oldest Teenager’. Dick Clark is survived by his wife and three children.