Wednesday, April 18, 2012

R.I.P. Dick Clark -

"After six tours in the 60's with Dick Clark - I can truthfully say he was the finest gentleman I have ever worked with in the business" - Teen Idol, Mike Clifford

 Host and TV producer Dick Clark has died. He was 82. TMZ first reported the news Wednesday afternoon. A rep told the site that Clark underwent surgery Tuesday night and suffered a heart attack following the procedure.

Clark started his career as a radio announcer at WRUN in Utica, N.Y., when he was 17.

His long-running show, "American Bandstand," was on the air from 1957-1989. "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" began in 1972 and continues to this day with Ryan Seacrest.

Clark launched the American Music Awards in 1973. He became a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 1993.

Clark suffered a stroke in December 2004. He continued performing even after the stroke, even though it had affected his ability to speak and walk.

Hey Dick, Keep On Rockin' !

1 comment:

  1. As an eighteen year old, I actually filled out an application to work for Dick Clark. This was when he had an office on the Sunset Strip. Around this same time, I was performing a concert and was asked to come play guitar for Frank Zappa, Only in L.A.