It was on April 18th, 2012 that music lost one of its great pioneers, and exactly one year later we remember all the good times and good tunes the legendary Dick Clark introduced to the world for more than five decades. Clark passed away at the age of 82 last year after suffering a heart attack following a medical procedure.
Known as “America’s Oldest Teenager,” Clark brought new music to millions of adoring teenagers and made it okay for parents to embrace rock and roll as host of American Bandstand from 1956-1989 . He’s credited to launching the careers of dozens of artists including Paul Anka, Smokey Robinson, Madonna, The Doors, Barry Manilow and Chubby Check, who introduced millions to a new dance craze the “Twist.”
Clark was also the comforting face we turned to every December 31st to ring in the New Year with a bang while watching all the excitement happening at New York City’s Times Square on his New Year’s Rocking Eve, all in the comfort (and warmth) of our own homes.
So today, take a special moment to remember all that Dick Clark gave to us in music, TV, radio and beyond, and give a salute to one of the greatest pop culture icons that helped define “youth culture” over the generations.
For more memories of Dick Clark, take a look back at some of K-EARTH 101’s tributes in honor of his life and legacy.