On New Year’s Eve in Times Square.
Times Square will be showered in confetti-style notes to American Bandstand host Dick Clark next New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Clark was the longtime face of the world-famous ball-dropping ceremony in New York City. People will be able to write tributes to Clark on confetti squares being given out at the Times Square Visitor Center & Museum and they can also be submitted online.
The legendary entertainer elevated both his guests and viewers—a talent lost on many hosts today, writes “Seinfeld” and “Family Feud” star John O’Hurley of his friend and mentor.
If Hallmark cards have taught us anything, it is that appreciation looks best in print. But how ironic to use these words on a page, a medium so foreign to someone like Dick Clark, to pause and take that half look over the shoulder to remember how large a shadow he cast in music and television.
His was the music that made us dance. He helped break a color barrier on television more than 50 years ago on American Bandstand. He reminded all of us that music was the magic that made you close your eyes and move for no other reason than “I liked the beat.” He reminded us that to be great, you first had to be good and simply have an opportunity, and that was his gift. He gave you a chance to be great.
I remember being 14 years old one summer, staying with a friend on a small island off Puget Sound in Washington. Several men were talking one night after dinner by the fire, one of them in entertainment field. Since I was an aspiring actor from the severing of my umbilical cord, his thoughts were particularly interesting to me. He was talking about Clark and what a savvy businessman he was in cutting management deals with young groups that crossed the stage at Bandstand. Actually, he was cruder than that. He used the phrase “SOB.” My guess is, now, that this gentleman was simply on the wrong end of a coin toss in Hollywood.
But I chose to remember the image of Dick Clark as the consummate host. I matured in Hollywood, and Clark stayed forever young. I realized that I had grown older than him one day when I appeared with him and Casey Kasem on a talk show. It was post-Seinfeld. They were promoting their 2000 New Year’s Eve bashes, while I was talking up some series I was busy killing. But I remember being on camera with them and remarking to the host, “I am the only guy under 50 on this stage, and I’m the guy with gray hair.” He was both a mentor and a friend.
Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s Ramin Setoodeh pays tribute to Dick Clark
The legendary TV host and countdown king died on Wednesday. The Daily Beast sorts through Clark’s career milestones to create a top 40 list of facts about his life, from his catchphrase to his Emmys total.
Dick Clark became an icon of American entertainment by building must-watch television franchises. From his days as the afternoon host of American Bandstand, which 20 million teenagers tuned in to every day, to his years as host and producer of the New Year’s Eve special that bears his name and has aired for the last four decades, he was king of prime-time countdowns.
Inspired by the format of popular music rankings he helped popularize, The Daily Beast sorted through some of Clark’s career highlights to produce a top 40 list of Dick Clark’s life by the numbers.
40: Total annual presentations of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special. The first aired in December 1972.
39: Age in 1968, the year he produced the popular exploitation films Psych Out, The Savage Seven, and Killers Three.
38: Years Clark served as permanent host of the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special.
The legendary TV host died Wednesday at the age of 82. WATCH Dick Clark’s memorable TV moments from throughout the years.
The King of Pop Meets the King of Bandstand, 1972
Dick Clark wasn’t dubbed “American’s oldest teenager” for nothing. As the longtime host of American Bandstand, the former DJ introduced pop-music hits to the adolescent mainstream from 1956 to 1989. In this clip from a 1972 show, Clark interviews a young Michael Jackson about his favorite music, pet snake, and if there are any questions the pop star hasn’t answered yet.
It's a Rockin' New Year's Eve, 2012
It’s not a good New Year’s Eve if there’s no Dick Clark. The host started ringing in the New Year on TV in 1972 and continued this household tradition until 2004, when he suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and unable to speak. His absence was short lived, though, and in 2005 he returned. With the help of Ryan Seacrest, Clark continued co-hosting the show until its 40th anniversary in 2012. No doubt Seacrest has some big shoes to fill.
Famed TV host had massive heart attack.
New Year's Eve will never be the same again. Longtime host of New Year's Rockin’ Eve, Dick Clark, died this morning, outlets are reporting, after suffering what was said to be a “massive heart attack.” Clark, who was 82, suffered a stroke in 2004, forcing him off the famous show he created in 1972. He has been a cohost of the show ever since. Clark had revealed in 2004, prior to his stroke, that he had Type 2 diabetes.
The legendary television producer died on April 18th at the age of 82. A look back on his life and legacy.
Ryan Seacrest opened Wednesday’s ‘Idol’ with an homage to ‘dear friend’ Dick Clark. Watch his somber tribute for the television pioneer who helped pave the way for Idol’s very existence.