Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Farewell to America's Oldest Teenager

Well, I'm sad to report that we lost another exceptional figure of the entertainment world today, American radio/TV personality, game-show host, and businessman Dick Clark. At the age of 82, Clark died from a massive heart attack after undergoing a medical procedure this morning. Originally from Mount Vernon, New York, he was best know for hosting long-running TV shows like American Bandstand (for 31 years) and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve (for nearly 40 years). He is always well-remembered for his departing catchphrase, "For now, Dick long," while delivering a military salute, and for his youthful appearance, which earned him the nickname "America's Oldest Teenager." With a career spanning well over 60 years, he loved music and he really was a "chaperone to generations of music-loving teens" (from the LA Times).

From the American TV documentary series This Is Your Life, here's a portion of the 1959 episode that featured Dick Clark. From 1952 to 1961, this show would surprise a guest and proceed to take them through their life in front of an audience including family and friends. Interestingly, Clark was only 29 years old at the time, which showcases just how popular and accomplished he was early on in his career. Oh and he was definitely a good-looking guy.

And of course, we must include a little music in every post. Here's the full clip of The Beach Boys' 1964 appearance on American Bandstand (performing "Don't Worry Baby"), and includes Dick Clark's introduction and follow-up interview with the group. The Boys look at a little uncomfortable without their instruments, but cute clip nonetheless.
Clip is broken up into two videos.

Part 2

Farewell to a legendary figure and radio pioneer. We will miss you, Dick Clark!

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