REMEMBERING DICK CLARK…
Other than New Years, We don’t
hear much about Dick Clark
BUT the man once known as ‘America’s oldest living teenager’ who almost single- handedly carried rock and roll through the ages is very much alive and still putting in his typical long days at work. But other than his brief annual appearances on his New Years Eve ABC program, we seldom see Dick Clark in the news since he suffered a stroke in 2004. Though, today, many of his programs are still running, from ‘Rock, Roll Remember’ in radio syndication, to his award and game shows. Recently , the Emmys paid a well deserved tribute to Clark . Ryan Seacrest – who is said to be Clark’s eventual successor – MC’d the program; you can see Clark and his wife in the audience for a brief moment. For Clark’s daily blogs and recent activities go to DickClarkOnline.com Here, many of Clark’s proteges pay tribute, from Donnie Osmond to Barry Manilow, who wrote the lyrics to Clark’s American Bandstand theme. Clark , himself, makes an appearance;. Clark has come a long way since the diabetic stroke, which left him with impaired speech – but nothing will probably ever stop ‘America’s oldest teenager’ until his final breaths, which are, hopefully, many years away. Most or all of the syndicated Rock Roll and Remember is comprised of early interviews with the many stars Clark worked with – and there’s a llot of this in the vaults. Recent features include a clip on John Lennon, whose recent’30 year passing’ was honored and some clips and interviews with Neil Diamond, who talks about those early days working at the Brill Building. Clark has brought in veteran DJ GaryBryan to help out – check out the REWIND blog, where Bryan talks about then and now with the stars….
DICK CLARK PERSONIFIES ROCK AND ROLL PROBABLY MORE THAN ANYONE
By the way, REWIND is also the name of what we believe is the finest interview program today featuring ‘ the stars you grew up with,’ t syndicated and online from Jimmy Jay http://rewindshow.com For us, Jay is doing today what Clark has been doing for years… schmoozing with the rock and roll artists we grew up . Jay offers full length, hour long entertaining interviews now online and in syndication. …
DICK CLARK MEETS JIMMY JAY
http://rewindshow.com Jay done interviews with virtually everyone from the era – even a touching tribute to Gene Pitney, done weeks after Pitney’s passing and what would have been scheduled live interview with Gene. HEAR great programs from Branson and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theatre featuring artists like Bill Medley and Paul Revere. Jay has done over 100 shows , with some artists more than once. Here are just some of the stars Jay has interviewed and/or featured in programs: Gordon Waller (perhaps last interview with him), Bobby Vinton, Chubby Checker, Brian Hyland, Gary Puckett, BJ Thomas, Tony Orlando, The Turtles, Bobby Goldsboro, Connie Francis, The Skyliners, Maurice Williams, Kenny Vance, Kathy Young, Duprees, Marvelettes, Petula Clark, DeeDee Sharp, Stevie Wonder,Sam Moore, The Crests (Johnny Maestro?) Jay uses the program also to raise money for good causes including stars down on their luck and the MDA. He’s currently offering a spectacular tribute to Tony Orlando featuring a nultitude of stars…. all available at his website. There are also a few podcasts offered at Rewind.com including an interview with Peter of Peter and Gordon, perhaps the last interview Peter ever did, which became part of a touch tribute that Jimmy Jay has put together. Jay even interviewed the man, Dick Clark, himself, in 2008. Here’s what Clark and others had to say about Jimmy Jay and his Rewind Show… Dick Clark 4-3-2008: “Jimmy Thank you so much for having me on your show!” Tony Orlando (64th Birthday Party 2008): “Jimmy You are a master at making sure everything goes well, you are a talented and incredible host, you did a job there and I’ve never seen anybody quite steer a show like that! Again Mr Jay you are the man! God Bless You and your Family believe me when I tell you I will never forget that night.” Andy Kim (Rock Me Gently): “I am honored to finally do this with you cause you’ve been carrying all of us on your shoulders playing the greatest songs of all time from this wonderful era that we happened to have grown up in it’s just an honor to be on your show!” Jerry Lewis: “Jimmy thank you for all you do for MDA, and it’s a real nice thing you are doing for Tony Orlando. I Love You Back Jim.” Bobby Vee: “Great Show, and I Love your web site! I have it bookmarked in my favorite places, Keep Rockin’…” MORE DICK CLARK, BEATLES AND GREAT OLDIES From Wikipedia: Richard Wagstaff “Dick” Clark (born November 30, 1929) is an American businessman; game-show host; and radio and television personality. He served as chairman and chief executive officer of Dick Clark Productions, which he has sold part of in recent years. Clark is best known for hosting long-running television shows such as American Bandstand, five versions of the game show Pyramid, and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Clark has long been known for his departing catchphrase, “For now, Dick Clark…so long,” delivered with a military salute, and for his youthful appearance, earning the moniker “America’s Oldest Teenager”, until he had a stroke in late 2004. With some speech ability still impaired, Clark returned to his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show on December 31, 2005/January 1, 2006. Subsequently, he appeared at the Emmy Awards on August 27, 2006, and every New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show since then. On November 30, 2009, disc jockeys throughout the U.S. paid tribute to Clark on his 80th birthday. Early life, education and early career Clark was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York, the son of Julia Fuller (née Barnard) Clark and Richard Augustus Clark. His only sibling, older brother Bradley, was killed in World War II. His career in show business began in 1945 when he started working in the mailroom of WRUN, a radio station owned by his uncle and managed by his father in Utica, New York. Clark was soon promoted to weatherman and news announcer. Clark attended A.B. Davis High School (now A.B. Davis Middle School) in Mount Vernon and Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi Gamma); he graduated in 1951 with a degree in business. Clark began his television career at station WKTV in Utica and was also subsequently a disc jockey on radio station WOLF in Syracuse. His first television-hosting job was on Cactus Dick and the Santa Fe Riders, a country-music program. He would later replace Robert Earle (who would later host the GE College Bowl) as a newscaster. Main article: American Bandstand In 1952 Clark moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, more specifically to Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, and resided within the Drexelbrook Community where he was neighbors with Ed McMahon. There he took a job as a disc jockey at radio station WFIL. WFIL had an affiliated television station (now WPVI) with the same call sign which began broadcasting a show called Bob Horn’s Bandstand in 1952. Clark was a regular substitute host on the show and when Horn left, Clark became the full-time host on July 9, 1956. The show was picked up by the ABC television network, renamed American Bandstand, and was first aired nationally on August 5, 1957. On that day, Clark interviewed Elvis Presley. Clark also began investing in the music publishing and recording business in the 1950s. In 1959, the United States Senate opened investigations into “payola”, the practice of music-producing companies paying broadcasting companies to favor their product. Clark was a shareholder in the Jamie-Guyden Distributing Corporation, which nationally distributed Jamie and other non-owned labels. Clark sold his shares back to the corporation when ABC suggested that his participation might be considered as creating a conflict of interest. In 1960, when charges were levied against Clark by the Congressional Payola Investigations, he quietly divested himself of interests and signed an affidavit denying involvement. Clark was not charged with any illegal activities. Unaffected by the investigation, American Bandstand was a major success, running daily Monday through Friday until 1963, then weekly on Saturdays until 1987. In 1964, the show moved from Philadelphia to Hollywood, California. A spin-off of the program, Where the Action Is, aired from 1965 to 1967, also on ABC. Charlie O’Donnell, a close friend of Clark’s and an up-and-coming fellow Philadelphia disc jockey, was chosen to be the announcer, which he served for ten years. O’Donnell was one of the announcers on the 1980s versions of Clark’s Pyramid game show; he continued to work with Clark on various specials and award shows until his death in November 2010. Clark produced American Bandstand for syndicated television and later the USA Network, a cable-and-satellite-television channel, until 1989. Clark also hosted the program in 1987 and 1988; David Hirsch hosted in 1989, its final year. American Bandstand and Dick Clark himself were honored at the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards.  Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Main article: Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest In 1972, Clark produced and hosted Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, the first of an ongoing series of specials still broadcast on New Year’s Eve. Segments of the first broadcast can be seen in the motion picture Forrest Gump. The program has typically consisted of live remotes of Clark in Times Square in New York City, New York, counting down until the New Year ball comes down. After the ball drops, the focus of the program switches to musical segments taped prior to the show in Hollywood, California. The special is live in the Eastern Time Zone, and it is delayed for the other time zones so that they can ring in the New Year with Clark when midnight strikes in their area. ABC broadcast the event on every New Year’s Eve since 1972 except in 1999 due to the airing of ABC 2000 Today, news coverage of the milestone year hosted by Peter Jennings. In the more than three decades it has been on the air, the show has become a mainstay in U.S. New Year’s Eve celebrations. Before then, Guy Lombardo (a.k.a. “Mr. New Year’s Eve”), along with his big band orchestra, the Royal Canadians, had long been the main draw for New Year’s Eve broadcasts for radio and, later, for television (on CBS). Watching the ball in Times Square drop on Clark’s show is considered an annual cultural tradition for the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day holiday. Twice, Clark was not able to host his show. The first time happened at the end of 1999, going into 2000, due to ABC 2000 Today’. However, during that broadcast Clark, along with ABC News correspondent Jack Ford, announced his signature countdown to the new year. He was a correspondent, according to the transcript of the broadcast released by ABC News. Ford had been assigned to Times Square during the broadcast and thus Clark’s role was limited. Nevertheless, he won a Peabody Award for his coverage. The second time happened at the end of 2004, as he was recovering from his stroke; Regis Philbin substituted as host. The following year Clark returned to the show although Ryan Seacrest served as primary host. From December 31, 2005, Clark co-hosted New Year’s Rockin Eve with Seacrest.  Pyramid game shows Main article: Pyramid (game show) Before Pyramid, Clark had two brief runs as a quiz-show host, presiding over The Object Is and then Missing Links. In a near twist of irony, on Missing Links, he replaced his former Philadelphia neighbor and subsequent TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes co-host, Ed McMahon, when the game show switched networks from NBC to ABC; NBC replaced Missing Links with Jeopardy!. Clark later became host of The $10,000 Pyramid, which premiered on CBS March 26, 1973 (the same day as The Young and the Restless). The show — a word association game created and produced by daytime television producer Bob Stewart — moved to ABC from 1974 to 1980, during which time the top prize was upgraded to $20,000. After a brief 1981 syndicated run as The $50,000 Pyramid, the show returned to CBS in 1982 as The $25,000 Pyramid, and continued through 1988, save for a three month break. From 1985 to 1988, Clark hosted both the CBS $25,000 version and a daily $100,000 Pyramid in syndication. His daytime versions of Pyramid won nine Emmy Awards for best game show, a mark that is eclipsed only by the eleven won by the syndicated version of Jeopardy!. It also won Clark three Emmy Awards for best game show host. Clark would return to Pyramid as a guest in later incarnations. During the premiere of the John Davidson version in 1990, Clark sent a pre-recorded message wishing Davidson well in hosting the show. In 2002, Clark played as a celebrity guest for three days on the Donny Osmond version.  Radio programs Clark also had a long stint as a top-40 radio countdown show host. He began in 1963, hosting a radio program called The Dick Clark Radio Show. It was produced by Mars Broadcasting of Stamford, Connecticut. Despite his enormous popularity on American Bandstand, the show was only picked up by a few dozen stations and lasted less than a year. The show proved to be ahead of its time, becoming one of the earliest attempts at radio syndication. On March 25, 1972, Clark hosted American Top 40, filling in for Casey Kasem. Several years later, Clark would become one of AT40’s most enduring rivals. In 1981, he created The Dick Clark National Music Survey for the Mutual Broadcasting System. The program counted down the Top 30 contemporary hits of the week in direct competition with American Top 40. Clark left Mutual in 1986, and Charlie Tuna took over the National Music Survey. Clark then launched his own radio syndication group; the United Stations Radio Network, or Unistar, and took over the countdown program, “Countdown America”. It ran until 1994, when Clark sold Unistar to Westwood One Radio. The following year, Clark started over, building a new version of the USRN and a new countdown show: “The U.S. Music Survey”. He served as its host until his 2004 stroke. Dick Clark’s longest running radio show began on February 14, 1982. “Rock, Roll & Remember” was a four hour oldies show named after Clark’s 1976 autobiography. For the first three years, the program was co-hosted by Los Angeles radio veteran Mark Elliot. By 1985, Clark hosted the entire show. Pam Miller served as producer. Each week, Clark would profile a different artist from the Rock and Roll era. He would also highlight the events and music from a certain year in the 1950s 60’s or early 70’s. The show ended production when Clark suffered his 2004 stroke. However, re-runs continue to air in syndication and on Clark’s website “dickclarkonline.com”. Since 2009, Clark has merged elements of “Rock, Roll and Remember” with the syndicated oldies show, “Rewind with Gary Bryan”. The new show is called “Dick Clark Presents Rewind with Gary Bryan”. Bryan, a Los Angeles radio personality, serves as the main host. Clark contributes profile segments.  Other television programs At the peak of his American Bandstand fame, Clark also hosted a thirty-minute Saturday night program called The Dick Clark Show (aka The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show). It aired from February 15, 1958, until September 10, 1960, on the ABC television network. It was broadcast live from the “Little Theater” in New York City and was sponsored by Beech-Nut Gum. It featured the rock stars of the day lip synching their hits, just as on American Bandstand. However, unlike the afternoon Bandstand program which focused on the dance floor with the teen age audience demonstrating the latest dance steps, the audience of The Dick Clark Show (consisting mostly of squealing girls) sat in a traditional theater setting. While some of the musical numbers were presented simply, others were major production numbers. The high point of the show was the unveiling with great fanfare at the end of each program, by Clark, of the top ten records of the coming week. This ritual became so embedded in popular culture that to this day it is satirized nightly by David Letterman. In the 1986 comedy-drama Peggy Sue Got Married, Kathleen Turner’s character after being transported back to the spring of 1960 is supposedly watching American Bandstand on television. The clip used in the movie, however, is actually of the Dick Clark Saturday night show, because the teen age audience is not dancing but sitting in a theater. In addition, members of the audience were wearing the “IFIC” buttons based upon the Beech-Nut Gum advertising slogan of the late 1950s (“It’s FlavorIFIC”). Beech-Nut sponsored the Clark Saturday night show and sponsored the top 10 countdown board on American Bandstand. The T.A.M.I. Show Collector’s Edition 1959 Dick Clark Photo Clearasil Lotion Medication Print Ad (16399)American Bandstand Collector’s Cards Signed Clark, Dick 8×10 B&W PhotoDick Clark – Movie Poster / Print — Custom Framing Available DICK CLARKFrom September 27 to December 20, 1959, Clark hosted a thirty-minute weekly talent/variety series entitled Dick Clark’s World of Talent at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday nights on ABC. A variation of producer Irving Mansfield’s earlier CBS series, This Is Show Business (1949–1956), it featured three celebrity panelists, including comedian Jack E. Leonard, judging and offering advice to amateur and semi-professional performers. While this show was not a success, during its nearly three month duration, Clark was one of the few personalities in television history on the air nationwide seven days a week. Clark has been involved in a number of other television series and specials as producer and performer. One of his most well-known guest appearances was in the final episode of the original Perry Mason TV series (“The Case of the Final Fadeout”) in which he was revealed to be the killer in a dramatic courtroom scene. In 1973, he created the American Music Awards show, which he produces annually. Intended as competition for the Grammy Awards, in some years it gained a bigger audience than the Grammys due to being more in touch with popular trends. Clark attempted to branch into the realm of soul music with the series Soul Unlimited in 1973. The series, hosted by Buster Jones, was a more risqué and controversial imitator of the then-popular series Soul Train and alternated in the Bandstand time slot. The series lasted for only a few episodes. Despite a feud between Clark and Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius, the two would later collaborate on several specials featuring black artists. He hosted the short-lived Dick Clark’s LIVE Wednesday in 1978. In 1984, Clark produced and co-hosted with Ed McMahon the NBC series TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes. The series ran through 1988 and continued in specials hosted by Clark (sometimes joined by another TV personality) into the 21st century, first on NBC, later on ABC, and currently on TBS (the last version re-edited into in 15 minute/filler segments airing at about 5 A.M.). Clark and McMahon were longtime Philadelphia acquaintances, and McMahon has praised Clark for first bringing him together with future TV partner Johnny Carson when all three worked at ABC in the late 1950s. The “Bloopers” franchise stems from the Clark-hosted (and produced) NBC “Bloopers” specials of the early 1980s, inspired by the books, record albums and appearances of Kermit Schafer, a radio and TV producer who first popularized outtakes of broadcasts. For a period of several years in the 1980s, Clark simultaneously hosted regular programs on the 3 major American television networks: ABC (Bandstand), CBS (Pyramid) and NBC (Bloopers) and in 1993, he hosted Scattergories. In 1990 and 1991, he hosted the syndicated television game show The Challengers, which only lasted for one season. In 1999, along with Bob Boden, he was one of the executive producers of Fox’s TV game show Greed, which ran from November 5, 1999, to July 14, 2000, and was hosted by Chuck Woolery. At the same time, Clark also hosted the Stone-Stanley-created Winning Lines, which ran for six weeks on CBS from January 8, 2000 – February 12, 2000. From 2001 to 2003, Clark was a co-host of The Other Half with Mario Lopez, Danny Bonaduce, and Dorian Gregory, a syndicated daytime talk show intended to be the male equivalent of The View. Clark also produced the television series American Dreams about a Philadelphia family in the early 1960s whose daughter is a regular on American Bandstand. The series ran from 2002 to 2005.  Other media appearances He made a brief appearance in the 2002 documentary film Bowling for Columbine. He was criticized for hiring poor, unwed mothers to work long hours in his chain of restaurants for little pay. The mother in particular works over 80 hours per week and is unable to make rent and gets evicted which results in her having her son stay at his uncle’s house. At his uncle’s house the boy finds a gun and brings it to school where he shoots another first grader. In the documentary footage featuring Clark, Michael Moore tries to approach him to inform him of the welfare policies that allow for these conditions and questions him about the people he employs and the tax breaks he takes advantage of employing welfare users; in response, Clark refuses to answer any of Moore’s questions, shutting the car door and driving off. Clark also appeared in interview segments of another 2002 film, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which was based on the “unauthorized autobiography” of Chuck Barris. (Barris had worked backstage on Clark’s American Bandstand as a standards-and-practices person.) In the 2002 Dharma and Greg episode “Mission: Implausible”, Greg is the victim of a college prank and comes up with an elaborate plan to retaliate. Part of the plan involves his use of a disguise kit, and the first disguise chosen is Dick Clark. During the fantasy sequence showing the unfolding of the plan, the real Clark plays Greg wearing his disguise. He also made a brief cameo in two episodes of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In one episode he plays himself at a Philadelphia diner and in the other he helps Will Smith’s character show bloopers from past episodes of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  Stroke and appearances since  Initial news In 2003, it was revealed that Clark had Type 2 diabetes, and on December 8, 2004, he was hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering what was initially termed a minor stroke. Clark’s spokesman, Amy Streibel, said that he was hospitalized but was expected to be fine. However, on December 13, 2004, it was announced that Clark would be unable to host his annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve broadcast, that had aired for all but one year since 1972 (in 1999, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve was preempted with the Peter Jennings-hosted ABC 2000 Today though Clark did perform his traditional countdown). For the 2004 show, Regis Philbin was the substitute host, and during the show on December 31, 2004, he gave his best wishes to Clark. Return to television While having not been seen in public anywhere since his stroke, on August 15, 2005, Clark announced in a statement that he would be back in Times Square for the annual tradition, bringing on Hilary Duff and Ryan Seacrest as co-hosts and Seacrest as co-executive producer. Also in the press release, it was announced that Seacrest would eventually take over as the sole host should Clark decide to retire as the host on the program. On December 31, 2005, Clark made his return to television, returning to the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve broadcast, having noticeable difficulty speaking, slurring his famous countdown to the new year. During the program, Clark remained behind a desk, and was shown only in limited segments. On-air, he said, “Last year I had a stroke. It left me in bad shape. I had to teach myself how to walk and talk again. It’s been a long, hard fight. My speech is not perfect but I’m getting there.” Before counting down to 2006, he mentioned he “wouldn’t have missed this (the telecast) for the world.” Reaction to Clark’s appearance was mixed, reported CNN.com. While some TV critics (including Tom Shales of The Washington Post, in an interview with the CBS Radio Network) felt he was not in good enough shape to do the broadcast, stroke survivors and many of Clark’s fans praised him for being a role model for people dealing with post-stroke recovery. Subsequent appearances Clark also appeared on the 2006 Emmy Award telecast on August 27, 2006. He was introduced by Simon Cowell, after the show paid tribute to his successful career that has spanned decades. He was shown seated behind a lectern, and although his speech was still slurred, he was able to address the audience and introduce Barry Manilow’s performance. For the 2006-07 and 2007-08 ABC New Year’s Eves, Clark still exhibited noticeably slurred and somewhat breathless speech, but improved from previous years, in addition to using his arms again. For the 2008–09 broadcast, he increased his hosting duties to the point where he split duties roughly evenly with Seacrest during the half-hour leading up to the ball drop. For the 2009-10 countdown show, he spoke with improved verbal expression, as well as improved head and arm dexterity, but incorrectly counted down, counting “…14, 12, 10, 11, 10, 9…”. In previous years following the stroke, Clark had only hosted the countdown and one brief segment. Clark was honored at The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS TV. It was a tribute to his 40 years hosting American Bandstand. Entertainment ventures Restaurants Dick Clark’s AB Grill in Branson, Missouri (November 2007). Clark has a stake in a chain of music-themed restaurants licensed under the names “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Grill”, “Dick Clark’s AB Grill”, “Dick Clark’s Bandstand — Food, Spirits & Fun” and “Dick Clark’s AB Diner”. There are currently three airport locations in Newark, New Jersey; Phoenix, Arizona; and Salt Lake City, Utah, one location in the Molly Pitcher travel plaza on the New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury, New Jersey, and one location at “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater” in Branson, Missouri. Theaters “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater” opened in Branson in April 2006. A new theater and restaurant called “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Music Complex” opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in June 2007. In October 2007, since nearby residents complained about the outside concerts performed at the new complex, it has been emptied of its contents and the box office closed temporarily. It was reopened in 2009 with new renovations for indoor concert performances. Personal life Clark has been married three times. His first marriage was to Barbara Mallery in 1952; the couple had one son, Richard A. (named after his father), and divorced in 1961. He married Loretta Martin in 1962; the couple had two children, Duane and Cindy, and divorced in 1971. Since July 7, 1977, Clark has been married to Kari Wigton. Youthful longevity references Before his stroke, Clark’s continuous youthful appearance drew attention to the point of becoming a subject of jokes in other forms of comedy entertainment and popular culture, most notably his famous nickname of “America’s Oldest Living Teenager”. One of Gary Larson’s The Far Side cartoons has the caption, “Suddenly, on a national talk show in front of millions of viewers, Dick Clark ages 200 years in 30 seconds.” In Episode 320 of Mystery Science Theater 3000, John Carradine – playing a mad scientist in the movie The Unearthly – is trying to get another character to consider eternal life when he says, “Suppose you could wake up every morning and see your face untouched by time.” Crow replies, “Like Dick Clark?” In “Police Squad: Testimony of Evil (Dead Men Don’t Laugh),” Dick Clark, appearing as himself, purchases Secret Formula Youth Cream from street snitch Johnny the Shoeshine.”  Notable awards\ The T.A.M.I. Show Collector’s Edition 1959 Dick Clark Photo Clearasil Lotion Medication Print Ad (16399)American Bandstand Collector’s Cards Signed Clark, Dick 8×10 B&W Photo