Dick Clark has died at age 82.
For those who don’t know, Dick Clark hosted American Bandstand starting in the 1950’s and continuing to the end of the 80’s.
He was responsible for bringing Rock n’ Roll music to the mainstream when the parents and the state didn’t want any part of it.
Soon after Ed Sullivan was showing Elvis from the waist up, Dick had teens twisting in front of the TV after school.
He was also instrumental in exposing black acts to a white audience at a time when segregation and civil rights were an issue.
Soon after came New Years Rockin’ Eve and host of his own game shows, then producing award shows, movies, and TV specials.
He also takes credit for introducing Johnny Carson to Ed McMahon.
Some, mistakenly, compare Clark to a modern day Carson Daily or Ryan Seacrest. They are hosts of other people’s shows.
Dick was the show. Writer, booker, producer, promoter, visionary and host.
On his contribution to American culture Clark once said, “I don’t make culture, I sell it.”
That and, “It’s got a good beat and it’s easy to dance to!”
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