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04-18-2012 04:07 PM #1
Dick Clark, RIP
You have to give the guy props. He didn't let anything stop him from doing what he loved to do. This NYE will not be the same without him.
04-18-2012 04:23 PM #2
It was painful to watch him on New Years Eve the past few years, but he did his best with a big smile and a lot of joy. RIP
04-18-2012 06:05 PM #3
He certainly was a successful multidimensional businessman.
American Bandstand is one of the reasons I grew to love the music from the late 50's/60's.
Hope there's lots of rocking & rolling up there for you, DC. RIP
04-18-2012 06:14 PM #4
Dick Clark saved Jackie Wilson's life. Wilson was known for "going crazy" on stage as part of his act. When Jackie was performing on Clark's show in 1975, he had a heart attack and collapsed on stage (just by coincidence) when he sang the words "My heart is crying" during his Lonely Teardrops song. Everyone in the audience and everyone backstage thought that it was part of Jackie's act ....... except for Dick Clark, who noticed that something was terribly wrong with Wilson, and that this was different than his usual stage act. Clark alerted everyone backstage, including Cornell Gunther of the Coasters who performed CPR on Wilson and brought him back to life when he wasn't breathing.
Unfortunately, Wilson remained in a vegetative state for the rest of his life (he died 9 years later in 1984), but Dick Clark and company did everything that they could to save the superstar rock singer in Wilson's biggest time of need.
04-18-2012 08:10 PM #5
BUT I have to admit that I had a fascination with ABS on Saturday mornings, and would marvel at the disco moves on the show. In fact I am a closet disco fan of the song
Get Off by Foxy which I saw them perform on the show. Conflicted, yes. And I was not aware of the Jackie Wilson moment but I suspect there were more of these good deeds by Mr Clark that we'll never know.
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04-18-2012 11:56 PM #6
Just now heard this. What a sad day! What a legend. What else can you say?
Here's a great picture with his wife Kari on his last New Year's Rockin' Eve.
04-19-2012 07:16 AM #7
Like Soprano said, it was difficult seeing him the past few years on NYE, but that said, it will be very different without him next year. All good things must come to an end, but Dick Clark was there for 37 years of New Year's Eve memories. My family spend many years hanging out with our friends the Sibley's on NYE, and the news of Clark's passing again makes me cry over the loss of my friend Mr. Larry a short time ago.
RIP Dick Clark. We'll miss you.
04-19-2012 07:57 PM #8
Sad to hear. Interestingly, "Bandstand" wasn't shown in Baltimore, at least not in the early days. We had a local program called "The Buddy Dean Show", which you may know as the basis for the John Waters movie (and later Broadway show then movie musical) "Hairspray." In the John Waters version, "The Corny Collins Show" was eventually integrated; in real life, Dean's show was canceled rather than integrated. Anyway, I only learned about the lack of "Bandstand" in Bmore in an embarrassing way, when I interviewed local DJ Johnny Dark for an oral history project in middle school. I had all these questions prepared on "Bandstand" and he schooled me on the fact that it didn't air here. Who knew? Not me! In my defense, I wasn't born until 1975!
Anyway, that was a bit off-topic. RIP Mr. Clark!
04-23-2012 08:28 AM #9
04-24-2012 05:00 PM #10Snoozer Lurkers
New Years Eve is not going to be the same in 2012. R.I. P.
04-25-2012 07:38 AM #11