But this year, the 40th anniversary of the show, some independent authors have risen to challenge the Clark memories, in essence to rewrite a chunk of rock 'n' roll history. Blitz argues that it was Horn who came up with the show's name, production look and features - from Rate-a-Record to the spotlight dance - only to be undone by "certain managers who viciously crippled the show creator's career, in order to bring in a more youthful-appearing host. The same notions are also played out in even more hyperbolic detail in Pete Christensen's Musical Chairs: Bandstand Exposed, a self-published, fact-based though fictionalized account of the show's early days.
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Clark was well known for his trademark sign-off, "For now, Dick Clark — so long! Episodes he hosted were among the first in which blacks and whites performed on the same stage, and likewise among the first in which the live studio audience sat without racial segregation. Singer Paul Anka claimed that Bandstand was responsible for creating a "youth culture".
A ubiquitous, relentlessly upbeat television personality who logged thousands of hours on-air, Clark, 82, died Wednesday of a heart attack in Santa Monica, Calif. Clark reportedly suffered the heart attack the morning after an outpatient procedure. He didn't invent that show, either.
Dick Clark at his DJ post in the s. The son of a radio-station owner in Utica, N. Local audiences loved the show.
Rock fans have always separated the authentic from the phony. After that, and before the Beatles rescued rock, a lot of lousy records made it into the Top The worst came from Philadelphia.
Indeed, the man who reigned as host of American Bandstand for nearly four decades may not have invented rock 'n' roll, but he sold it to the American public better than anyone before or since. Before Clark, rock 'n' roll was the step child of radio--which took to playing records as a cost-saving measure after television siphoned off radios most lucrative sponsors. But it was network television--and specifically Clarks Bandstand--that ultimately legitimized what was then viewed by most adults as vulgar, low-class music, broadcasting a sanitized vision of rock 'n' roll straight into Americas living rooms five afternoons a week.
This work provides an examination of Dick Clark's landmark television show, "American Bandstand. Based on extensive interviews with music business figures, recording stars and Dick Clark himself, this book reveals what took place behind as well as in front of ABC-TV's cameras, and shares a story that few outside the show's inner circle knew existed. Jackson's fascinating book shows how Clark worked the biz side of pop music to become a multimillionaire and how his show fit into s American culture and society.