Dick Clark Legacy: Part 3: New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

Dick Clark hosting the 2002 New Year's Rockin Eve show.

Dick Clark hosted the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from 1975-2004, but after suffering a stroke Regis Philbin hosted the 2005 show. Ryan Seacrest would take over the main hosting duties from 2006-2011. Dick Clark still appeared on the show, but the stroke had done so much damage to his voice, that he was no longer able to host the entire show.

It was sad to see the Dick Clark we knew from American Bandstand having problems speaking, but it seemed like his voice had improved somewhat in the last show. 

We had a family tradition of having chips and dip and ice cream sherbet and ginger ale punch on New Year’s Eve. Dick Clark was part of that tradition as he counted down the last seconds, till when the ball would drop, indicating a new year had begun.

Dick and his wife Kari would kiss to celebrate the new year, which was another tradition of New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

Ryan Seacrest would host the show starting in 2005, but the real attraction to most of us was to see Dick Clark, who was seldom seen during the rest of the year after his stroke.

These posts could go on forever about how Dick Clark influenced the history of television as a host and as a producer. 

This list at imdb.com shows better than anything I could write, just how involved Dick Clark was involved in television. It lists every show he produced during his career.


The following article at imdb.com tells even more than Dick Clark:


Dick Clark appeared in five movies, including Because They’re Young and Spy Kids and appeared in many television series including Perry Mason and Lassie. He appeared in the episode filmed of Perry Mason.

Dick Clark may be gone but his legacy will continue for years to come. It would be nice to see the early American Bandstand shows from Philadelphia again, so we could once again see the disc jockey Clark, that became a multi-millionaire producer of television shows.


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