Retrospective Newsweek Archives' Best Articles & Images of TV Icon Dick Clark
Legendary TV personality Dick Clark, who died Wednesday at age 82, appeared in the pages of Newsweek at various points during his long career. See articles and photos of the veteran impresario from the magazine’s archives.
‘Challenging the Giants’
Newsweek reported on the early success of
. The article said that the 27-year-old American Bandstand Dick Clark “apparently has an unerring eye for what makes teenagers spin and jitter.” ‘Payola Blues,’ November 30, 1959
This Newsweek articles details the “payola” investigation by a House subcommittee. Payola was “a show-business term for direct and indirect ways of paying off disk jockeys for plugging new records.”
Clark, one of the country’s most popular “spinners,” found himself at the center of that controversy, even though he eventually was cleared of any payola offenses. ‘Disc Jockey and Friends,’ May 2, 1960
In May 1960, Newsweek delved further into Clark’s role in the “payola” scandal. The magazine gave examples of times Clark may have engaged in the practice, and explained why he was targeted by the House Legislative Oversight Committee. The article also described Clark as having “no ascertainable talent,” but noted that he was worshipped by the 18 million teenagers who tuned into his show.
‘Clark Around the Clock,’ August 18, 1986
In August 1986, Newsweek published a profile of Dick Clark that covered his highly successful run as a television producer. The article noted that his low-brow shows were sometimes referred to as the “McDonald’s of television.”