As my milestone birthday rapidly approaches, another one of the iconic personalities I grew up with has passed away.
I was saddened to hear that Dick Clark, who hosted American Bandstand for over 30 years, the $10,000, $25,000 and $100,000 Pyramid game shows, founded the American Music Awards and since 1972 rocked New Year’s Eve for us, died of a massive heart attack in Santa Monica, CA yesterday morning.
Dick Clark was not only an iconic presence on our television screens, but also helped integrate the music industry. One of the first major predominately white shows that Motown artists got exposure on was his American Bandstand, and the Bandstand dance floors were integrated.
But what I and everyone else will fondly remember is spending our New Year’s Eves since 1972 courtesy of the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve show in which we got to see our fave music artists perform just before the ball dropped to usher in the New Year from New York’s Times Square with him.
When New Year’s Eve comes around in a few months and we move from this year to 2013, for a moment it will be a little sadder than normal because the ‘World’s Oldest Teenager’ won’t be around to do the final countdown.
Rest in peace Dick Clark, you will be missed..