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Dick Clark dead at 82

Dick Clark passed away at the age of 82 Wednesday.

Clark was a famed TV producer, long-time host of American Bandstand and "New Year's Rockin' Eve."

He was not a musician, but Dick Clark was a rock and roll idol.

He was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for spreading the gospel of pop music.

As the host of "American Bandstand," he brought music to millions of teenagers in the 1950's, without alienating their parents.

“For the very first time in their lives, they've been able to look in on their children having fun doing what they like to do. They've finally got a common ground of understanding so they can talk to one another for a change,” Clark said in an interview with Edward R. Murrow.

In its more than 30 years on television, "American Bandstand" featured the greatest pop performers.

Artists like James Brown and Stevie Wonder made their debuts on the show thanks to Clark who ended the practice of using only white performers on television.

He became an entrepreneur in the process.

He hosted several game shows and became a commercial pitchman.

Dick Clark Productions created thousands of hours of television, particularly awards shows including the Golden Globes, the Daytime Emmy Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards.

He appeared on many of the shows, most famously for years ringing in the new year, as host of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve."

Clark was unable to host in 2004 after suffering a stroke a few weeks before the show. But he made a highly-anticipated return to the program in 2005. It was his first television appearance since the stroke.

Clark's youthful appearance earned him the nickname "America's Oldest Teenager." he agreed.

Clark felt that rock and roll lasted so long because it has so many forms.

He himself survived by embracing each new wave and ensuring the enduring affection of generations of Americans.


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