The End of an Era Dick Clark Dies at 82
America has lost a music Icon, Richard Wagstaff better known as Dick Clark passed away from a heart attack on April 18, 2012. Born on November 30, 1929 in Bronxville, New York, and was raised in Mount Vernon. On August 5, 1957 American Bandstand debuted nationally. Dick Clark started a revolution he was the primary force being able relate to teenagers through rock’ n roll music and to introduce rock ‘n roll to their parents as well. American Bandstand was on between 1957 through 1987 and in those thirty years Dick Clark was a man who was against censorship of music he defended pop artist and artistic freedom. He introduced a variety of musical artist to the world.
Dick Clark was the first television show that had black and whites performing on the same stage and a live desegregated audience. In 1973 Dick Clark tried to go into the world of soul music with a series called Soul Unlimited, with a host named Buster Jones who was supposed to be like Don Cornelius I never watched that show. Don Cornelius host of Soul Train sued Dick Clark the show lasted for a few episodes. I only watch American Bandstand when they had artist on like Ike and Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and Stevie Wonder artists with some soul. I wanted to see, I sure was not watching for their dancing I prefer Soul Train for that.
Dick Clark was known as America’s oldest teenager and will be missed by many.