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 Post subject: Dick Clark dies at 82
PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:35 pm 
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Dick Clark dies at 82; The music impresario Dick Clark whose 'American Bandstand' show helped introduced America to rock 'n' roll died Wednesday at 82-years-old. He left behind a legacy of over 50 years in American popular entertainment. While in recent years he was perhaps best known for counting down to midnight on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve—not to mention the many other specials, award ceremonies, and game shows he hosted—Clark first became a household name with American Bandstand, for which he took the mic as host in 1956.

With the exception of Elvis Presley, Clark was considered by many to be the person most responsible for the bonfire spread of rock 'n' roll across the country in the late 1950s. "Bandstand" gave fans a way to hear and see rock's emerging idols in a way that radio and magazines could not. It made Clark a household name and gave him the foundation for a shrewdly pursued broadcasting career that made him wealthy, powerful and present in American television for half a century.

In his interview with Elvis Presley on the first day that "American Bandstand" went national, Mr. Clark could have been a stand-in for Pat Boone, the clean-cut white-bucks-wearing pop star who was the antithesis of the gyrating, wet-lipped Elvis with his pompadour and bedroom eyes.
Over the 34 years that Clark hosted the show, he shared the stage with just about every major movement in popular music including Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and the Comets, James Brown, Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers who all made their national television debuts on "Bandstand."
Neither Elvis nor The Beatles ever appeared on his show. However Elvis wasn’t slighting Clark by not appearing as by the time Bandstand went national in mid-1957, Elvis had already abandoned TV entirely. Colonel Parker reasoned that if Elvis’ fans could see him for free on TV, they were less likely to buy tickets to his movies.

Although he kept Elvis off Bandstand, the Colonel recognized Clark’s ability to communicate with teenagers and Dick Clark phoned Elvis several times when he was in Germany away from his US fans. In 1959 Clark noted about Elvis and teenagers, "There is nothing basically bad or wrong about our teen-agers today. They are better citizens than past generations for they are better educated in school and at home. They have broader tastes. They have ideals and they have values."

When parents complained Dick Clark offered a respected adult voice in support of Elvis. "He’s a great talent. Whether you call it rock and roll or rhythm and blues or country music, his style is authentic. He has never faked his music. Elvis' music is honest. Many adults couldn’t see it. The younger generation, whose tastes were not prejudiced, accepted Presley’s singing for its freshness and exuberance. But this is not the secret. It’s something more than talent that Elvis has. Some people call it magic. I call it girl-appeal."

RIP Dick Clark AKA Richard Wagstaff November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012

(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:45 pm 
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:hello: Thank You for Sharing this, I had seen about the Death of Dick Clark he will be Very Much Missed this Up Coming New Years Eve, He also in One Word Described Elvis to a Tee. " Magic "! :love:



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