Dick Clark Gone

Richard “Dick” Clark, the leg­endary radio and TV host, passed away today (April 18) of a mas­sive heart attack. He was 82 years old.

Accord­ing to TMZ, the long­time host of “Amer­i­can Band­stand” and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” had been in a Los Ange­les hos­pi­tal for an out­pa­tient pro­ce­dure when the heart attack happened.

Clark suf­fered a major stroke back in 2004, forc­ing him to retire from “Rockin’ Eve,” which he had hosted since 1972. He had been known as “America’s Old­est Teenager”. He is most famous for his time with “Amer­i­can Band­stand”, “$25,000 Pyra­mid”, and “TV’s Bloop­ers and Prac­ti­cal Jokes”.

Accord­ing to mtv.com, it was “Band­stand” that helped Clark stake a claim as one of the peo­ple who helped put rock and roll on the map, and, more impor­tantly, into people’s homes on TV, as it was a new medium at the time. He started on the show as a fill-in, but it quickly gained pop­u­lar­ity while he was the host and he ended up becom­ing the full-time guy. The show went national on ABC as “Amer­i­can Band­stand” and became a sen­sa­tion, help­ing to advance the careers of dozens of early rock stars such as Elvis Pres­ley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry thanks to his “rate-a-record” segment.

Accord­ing to ABC News, the Museum of Broad­cast Com­mu­ni­ca­tion cal­cu­lated that Dick Clark Pro­duc­tions made more than 7,500 hours of TV pro­gram­ming, includ­ing more than 30 series, 250 spe­cials and 20 TV and big screen movies. That amount of mate­r­ial not only brought Clark untold mil­lions of fol­low­ers, but also earned him induc­tion into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Emmys, Gram­mys and a star on the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame.

As Clark him­self would have said it with his sig­na­ture catch­phrase, “For now, Dick Clark … so long.”

You will be missed.

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