Dick Clark Dies At 82, Leaving Legacy of Television Entertainment Behind: Part One: American Bandstand

Dick Clark 1929-2012

Dick Clark became the host of American Bandstand in 1956, the year that rock and roll music took over the music world, so he was a big part of the early days of rock and roll.

I can remember coming home from high school and watching American Bandstand in the 50’s and 60’s. Our high school (Pineville High in Pineville, Louisiana) had a band named the The Capris who would have one of their records rated on the show.  The kids dancing at that show rated their record higher than a Rolling Stones record. You can imagine how excited the band was to receive national exposure, that American Bandstand and Dick Clark made possible.

American Bandstand was first telecast on a local Philadelphia television station in 1952. Sam Horn who was the host before Clark, was fired for drunken driving, opening the way for Clark to become the host and who would host the show till 1989. 33 years had passed since he took over the show in 1956 and by 1989 MTV was the rage of the music world.

Next: Part 2: $10,000 Pyramid




Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

4 thoughts on “Dick Clark Dies At 82, Leaving Legacy of Television Entertainment Behind: Part One: American Bandstand”

    1. Brad, Thanks for the comment. I too was amazed that he lived so long after his stroke. It tore me up seeing him on the New Year’s Eve shows after his stroke, but it showed how much Dick Clark enjoyed doing the show.

      1. Very VERY True, Sir.
        Watching Him Continue On With His Work Following His Stroke Was BOTH A Happy Thing AND A Heartbreaking Thing.
        But, Even Though He Wasn’t At His Best The Past Couple Years, I Still Tuned-In To Watch Him.
        DICK CLARK and NEW YEARS were Synonymous.

  1. You nailed it calling seeing Dick Clark after the stroke a mixture of being happy to see him, yet heartbreaking at the same time. I was searching for the right words and never found them, but you did…thanks!!

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