'American Bandstand' Host Dick Clark Has Died

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Los Angeles, CA (AP) -- April 18, 2012

A man who became known as the nation's "oldest teenager" during a television career of more than 60 years has died.

Dick Clark was 82. A spokesman says he had a heart attack this morning at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., where he had gone yesterday for an outpatient procedure.

He joined the "American Bandstand" show in 1956, when it was still on local TV in Philadelphia. It soon became a national phenomenon, and helped bring rock `n' roll into the mainstream.

He would later describe the series this way: "I played records, the kids danced and America watched."

Clark would later found Dick Clark Productions, supplying movies, game and music shows, beauty contests and more to television.

His credits included "The $25,000 Pyramid," "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes" and the American Music Awards.

When he suffered a stroke in December of 2004, he had to miss his annual New Year's Eve appearance in New York. He returned the following year -- and even though he spoke with difficulty, he continued to take part in those shows.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- April 18, 2012

Dick Clark, the television host who helped bring rock `n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," has died. He was 82.

Spokesman Paul Shefrin says Clark died but did not provide further details. Clark had continued performing even after he suffered a stroke in 2004 that affected his ability to speak and walk.

Long dubbed "the world's oldest teenager" because of his boyish appearance, Clark also was a successful businessman. He hosted an annual New Year's Eve special and supplied a variety of game shows and music specials to TV, including and the American Music Awards.

The original "American Bandstand" was one of network TV's longest-running series as part of ABC's daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987. Over the years, it introduced stars ranging from Buddy Holly to Michael Jackson to Madonna.

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  • by Kim on Apr 18, 2012 at 08:08 PM
    RIP, Dick Clark! Another era has ended. Thanks for keeping the music alive for so many years!
  • by MaryE Location: Tallahassee on Apr 18, 2012 at 03:40 PM
    My Daddy had just died and we moved back to the States from overseas's I am a AIR FORCE BRAT moved to LONG ISLAND the 1st thing I saw was AMERICAN BANDSTAND with Red Rubber Ball being sung by Bobby Vincent Iwas HOOKED 1/1961. School out off the bus ran home with American Bandstand coming on the TUBE. Everyone wanted to go to Palacaid Park and dance on the show. RIP Mr Clark you and Capt Kangroo will always be in my heart with Chip the monkey of Today show which I watched with my dad.NOW there is a Leader of the BAND RIP raining now in Tallahassee angels are crying TEARS OF JOY
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      by check on Apr 20, 2012 at 10:44 AM in reply to MaryE
      Hmmm ... I believe Red Rubber Ball was released in 1966 - and the chimp on the Today Show was J. Fred Muggs. I, too, watched Bandstand from Philly ... remember "Manny Montez"? ... supposedly a teen but he looked to be in his 30's ... :-)
  • by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2012 at 03:17 PM
    I hope they have Rock and Roll in Heaven!
  • by LC2 on Apr 18, 2012 at 02:03 PM
    He didn't look a day over 50. RIP Dick Clark. Now we are left with Ryan Suckrest.
  • by CMM Location: Tallahassee on Apr 18, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    I loved American Bandstand and Dick Clark. This is a sad day. RIP Dick Clark. xoxo
  • by 80s Baby on Apr 18, 2012 at 01:45 PM
    RIP Dick Clark!!!
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