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Thursday, 26 April 2012 00:00

Dick Clark’s Passing

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Dick Clark, I could say was one of my inspirations for being a disc jockey. When I was very young I would watch his show from Philadelphia everyday after school because my sister was into American Bandstand. I liked watching the teenagers dancing on the show and seeing the popular artists of the times doing their hits. After Dick Clark moved to Los Angeles and continued American Bandstand, he expanded to all the other shows that carry his Dick Clark Productions logo like $20,000 Pyramid Show, Bloopers, So You Think You Can Dance, AMA Awards and Dick Clark’s Rockin New Year’s Eve.


I was fortunate to hear Dick Clark speak in Richmond Va. at the Landmark Theatre. He covered the payola scandal, which he was caught up in the late 50’s, and how he ended up doing American Bandstand and stories of rock and roll legends. It was one of the best evenings I had spent. I had just started my new business Disc Jockey Services and felt I was listening to one of the greats in the business.  As a young kid I would watch the show everyday after school and later after Clark moved to LA, I would watch him on Saturday afternoons.                                                             

I will surely miss him and his contribution he made to the music industry and to the disc jockey profession. Everyone who is a DJ owes Dick Clark a debt of gratitude. I never liked the term “Oldest Teenager” I rather think of him as just “Ageless.” He has earned his place in the history books of music and pop culture. You will be missed Dick Clark.


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