This morning, The K-EARTH 101 Morning Show is featuring some of the biggest classic artists that were fortunate to get their start by appearing on American Bandstand with Dick Clark and their memories of the working with the legendary TV host/producer.
Listen to our exclusive calls from artists and friends of Dick’s including Freddy Cannon (who holds the record for most appearances on AB), Chubby Checker, Peter Asher, Wink Martindale and many more all throughout the morning and hear stories about Dick Clark from the artists he helped make famous!
Wink Martindale: Legendary game show host talks about his longtime friendship with Clark and how he was even one of the names being considered to host American Bandstand. He shares his memories and stories about his dear friend.
“The first thing that came to my mind when I heard of Dick’s passing yesterday…he said of Elvis, ‘there was only one Elvis and there’ll never be another,’ and I thought the same could be said of Dick Clark,” said Wink. “He was more than a pioneer in our business. He was first to go with something new in popular music in the mid ’50s, something called, that stuff you guys play right there, rock and roll.”
Chubby Checker: Dick Clark was a big part of Chubby Checker’s life. He debuted his new dance craze ‘The Twist’ right on American Bandstand, which changed dance forever. Dick’s wife even gave him his moniker.
“The king of the disc jockeys has died and he’s not with us anymore,” says Chubby Checker. “I think everything he did in his life lives on in all of us in the entertainment business…Without Dick Clark, Chubby Checker’s career would not have happened, because nobody would have seen the dances we put together.”
Peter Asher: Producer and musician Peter Asher knew Dick Clark for a very long time and worked with him on bus tours that he put together. He credits Clark for bringing regional music to the masses and playing the rock and roll records no one else was playing at the time.
“Dick was so charming, that the people who worried that rock and roll was going to be a bad influence and that it was evil music…that if this charming, boyish chap endorsed it, I think it made parents worry a great deal less,” say Peter.
Freddy Cannon: Holding the record for 110 appearances throughout the length of American Bandstand, Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon was fortunate to have known Dick Clark as a personal friend.
“This man is one of the legends that brought me and thousands of artists around the world everywhere, made them big stars. This guy really did so much for everybody,” remembers Freddy.
Brian Beirne: Mr. Rock N’ Roll himself, Brian Beirne returns to the airwaves of K-EARTH 101 to share his memories and an embarrassing moment for Dick Clark. He tells a story about how Dick was starting back up his music tours in the ’70s with Ronnie Spector headlining and showcasing it to buyers before the launch.
“Ronnie had probably a little more than a buzz going on that night and decides halfway through the song to lift up her dress over her head – nothing underneath – falls back into the drummer, knocking over the drum kit,” explains Brian. “Dick said, ‘I just buried my hands – I couldn’t crawl under the chair fast enough, and the buyer next to me said, ‘well Dick, this is a sure fire winner.’ “
Jonathan Prince: One of the creators of the hit series American Dreams, Jonathan Prince, shared how a meeting with Dick Clark led to the creation of the show based off American Bandstand.
Paul Peterson: Known for playing ‘Jeff’ on the Donna Reed Show and his biggest hits like “My Dad” and “She Can’t Find Her Keys,” Paul has been friends with Dick Clark all through years since he helped launch his career.
“Dick Clark was one of the good guys. He was so supportive,” remembers Paul.