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RIP Dick Clark

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TMZ is reporting that Dick Clark died today at age 82, reportedly of a heart attack.

Many of us fondly remember watching American Bandstand. It was THE show for live performances in the day. Its regular dancers were almost like family.

Rest in peace.

Fern
 

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I wonder if Ryan Seacrest will make some kind of statement tonight on AI? He has been groomed to be the "next" Dick Clark. I don't think he has nearly as much charisma as the original, but he's certainly as ubiquitous.

RIP Dick. You gave me a lot of smiles over the years, and a few "OMG What are they THINKING?" moments, including a song and dance performance on American Bandstand by (then) teenager Melissa Gilbert (post-Little House on the Prairie) in bell bottom pants, with a few backup dancers. She danced and sang (VERRRY badly, I might add) to "If They Could See Me Now" from "Sweet Charity." It was one of the worst performances I've ever seen.* Funny that she's now struggling along on Dancing With The Stars.

* Clint Eastwood with a squeaky tenor voice singing "I talk To The Trees" in "Paint Your Wagon" is a close second. :)

Dave
 
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An entertainment icon who seemed to be a very nice man as well.

New Years Eve will never be the same now that he is gone. He was part of this country's New Year's tradition. RIP
 
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In many ways he was an icon of my generation. He never aged. DW and I commented just a couple of nights ago when there was one of those ubiquitous shows honoring an aging rocker. As the credits rolled, superimposed was a Dick Clark Productions logo. He was still at it.

Good to hear that he'll be there producing great shows where we may find ourselves next. There is plenty of talent to choose from.

RIP Dick Clark!

Jim Ricks
 

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I admired his courage as he went forth with his public recovery from his massive stroke. RIP.
 

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I liked him as host of American Bandstand. I liked his New Year Eve's programs. Thoughts of him bring back fond memories. So sad. May he RIP.

Anita
 

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It is hard to believe that Dick Clark, who was forever young until the past six or seven years, has actually died. It won't be real until he's not there at all on New Year's Eve.

It would be cool if TV Land could figure out a way to do an AB marathon in the coming week....
 

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RIP Dick Clark. You will be missed.
 

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Sad news. We were talking at work today re and a 26 yo co-worker hand no clue who he was, made me feel old:ignore:
 

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I also was a huge fan of American Bandstand, and thought that one of the girls on the dance floor each week (I think her name was Francine) was so beautiful1 My sister and I would practise the dance moves we saw on the show.

Dick Clark helped so many young performers to gain exposure. He was and always will be a true American icon. RIP Dick.

Dori
 

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I watched him on the NYE special (with Ryan Seacrest) just a few months ago. Despite him already having had a massive stroke, he worked SO HARD to try to deliver his lines. I have so much respect for someone who gets up in front of a camera despite barely being able to talk anymore. But that was his whole career so I guess he was going to give it a valiant fight until the very end. :clap:
 

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I forgot about the $10,000 and $25,000 Pyramid game. Love that game show too.
 

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RIP Dick Clark. Everyone enjoyed watching the American Bandstand dance show.

I can still remember seeing Chubby Checker doing The Twist..

and around, around, around you go. Let's Twist again liked we did last summer.
 

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RIP Dick Clark. Everyone enjoyed watching the American Bandstand dance show.

I can still remember seeing Chubby Checker doing The Twist..

and around, around, around you go. Let's Twist again liked we did last summer.


Useless trivia: As my faded memory tells me, you have lyrics from two different songs there. "Around and around and up and down..." was from the original "The Twist" song he started with, and "Let's twist again like we did last summer" was from "Let's Twist Again," the follow-up song that came out the year after The Twist came out. It was Chubby Checker's effort to keep the momentum going with the song craze he made famous.

Now there's extra points for knowing more worthless trivia: How old was Chubby Checker when he made that dance and song famous? (Don't cheat!)

Dave
 
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