Legendary television and radio personality Dick Clark passed away yesterday at the age of 82 after suffering a massive heart attack, but he will always be remembered for his contribution to broadcasting and to American pop culture.
He was a friendly face in millions of living rooms across the country for over 50 years, first as host of teen dance sensation American Bandstand--which was a top show for three decades--and then as the usher of every new year since 1972 with "New Year's Rockin' Eve", which he created. Fans and friends remember Clark as a true professional and acknowledged him with their thoughts and memories on Twitter yesterday.
My heart goes out to Dick Clark' s family, He was one of a kind. Talented, Great Man, a Dear Friend. ~ Loretta
Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. A gentleman. And inspired millions.
"Only God is responsible for creating more stars than Dick Clark." -Tony Orlando
Dick Clark gave me my first job in LA 35 years ago. Thanks Mr. Clark, I hope I did you proud.
There hasn't been any one show that had more impact on music then American Bandstand. Often imitated but never duplicated. RIP Dick Clark.
Without him, there'd be no MTV, American Idol or Seacrest. A pioneer I thought would never die. He was always kind to me. RIP Dick Clark.
The first time I ever danced and sang on television was for a Dick Clark production. I was 14. I worked with him many times over the years