Television icon Dick Clark died from a heart attack at the age of 82. He was nicknamed "America's oldest living teenager" during his time as host of "American Bandstand" in the 1950s. His career spanned more than six decades with the youngest generation recognizing him as the host of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve".
Anderson Cooper spoke with CNN's Candy Crowley about Clark's career as an entertainer and the founder of Dick Clark Productions. "There are very few people, I think, who came of age in the time that he did in television who also owned and produced television content," Anderson said. "His model of being a TV host and businessman is something that somebody like Ryan Seacrest has really followed and kind of taken even to a whole new level, but I think Dick Clark really broke the mold."
On Clark's connection to his viewers, Anderson said, "Everybody sort of feels like they knew him in one realm or another." He also discussed the entertainer's beloved New Year's Eve tradition and his youthful looks. Watch AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight for more on Dick Clark's life and legacy from those who knew him best.
Thanks for doing the tribute to Dick Clark. The early baby boomers like myself watched Dick on Am. Bandstand from Philadelphia in 1957. I was in maybe 6th, 7th grade. The entertainers from there -Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, etc. were very special to him- I wish you could have had one of them on. He also had some kids he would interview a lot on the show, that would come to dance a lot. I think one was a Janet. I wish they would come forward. I also wish you had contacted Larry King or Regis – they had personal connections with some of the older entertainers. I would come home, watch the dances, practice them in my living room. I am not into music very much, but I liked to dance back then, and what I know of music was due in large part to him. We would watch the clothes, the moves,etc. It was about the music, but so much more as we struggled to grow up. It moved me close to tears to hear about his passing. He really captured a time so well, and represented something very special that no one can duplicate.
I danced on AB for Dick Clark from 1977-1981 My parents enjoyed taking me from San Diego every
4 weeks . He and is wife Carrie were the best with Dick there were no color lines in music he look at
music as a art I had the pleasure of dancing in his dance contest in the season of 1979 He and his wife Carrie pick
myself and my partner it was so much fun .When it came to Dick Clark no one can compare he was a genius!!!!
Today I am 50 and because of Dick and Carrie I am Successful today ! My God bless his family!!!!!
Dick, I rate you a 100. You were the best, rest in peace.
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