Dick Clark, the venerable music titan and pioneering maverick who paved the way for many bands by way of the long-running television program American Bandstand, died this morning at Saint John’s hospital in Santa Monica, according to CBS News, who reports that Clark suffered a heart attack there a day after he was admitted for an outpatient procedure. He was 82 years old.
Clark, who was born in Mount Vernon, NY, on November 30th, 1929, caught his first career fire as a disc jockey at WFIL radio in Philadelphia in 1952 and hosted a program called Bandstand, which was the beginning of a program which eventually moved to local, and then national televison as American Bandstand. After five years, the program, and Clark, became national icons, as millions watched each week on ABC to see the easy to digest format of the show, which basically showcased teenagers dancing to popular bands, some of whom made appearances, playing live or lip-synching to their hit records at the time. Records were also â€œratedâ€ and Clark would also host right from the audience and get comments from folks there as well about the acts on the show.
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