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RIP – Dick Clark

April 19, 2012 | Commentary

For many, especially those who were teens in the late 50s to the early 90s, their first introduction to Rock Music was through American Bandstand and Dick Clark. And unless you have been living under a rock you know that Dick Clark died of a heart attack on April 18, 2012.

When I was a teen, in the early 70s, American Bandstand was on Saturday. It along with the baseball game of the week was a Saturday staple.

Before Dick Clark started the Rockin’ New Year in 1972 it was Guy Lombardi who was on TV bringing in the New Year. That was fine, a favorite of the older generation, but Clark helped make it a Rocking New Year for our generation.

In the later 70s we remember him not only from Bandstand, but from the Pyramid, beginning at $10,000 and moving upward from there. He became a daily member of the family.

Is there anyone in the United States who don’t know or hasn’t been touched by Dick Clark? Probably not. The word legend is to often used, but when looking back on the life and career of Dick Clark, one can’t help but to use the word. He was a legend who lead a legendary life.

May he always be remembered.

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