by HB Auld, Jr.
Disc jockey and American Bandstand host Dick Clark, died on this date nine years ago: April 18, 2012. He was born on November 30, 1929, and was 82 years old when he died.
In addition to daily and later Saturday night versions of American Bandstand, Dick also hosted the Pyramid gameshow and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve shows.
Known as “America’s Oldest Teenager,” Dick suffered a debilitating stroke in 2004, but was back on the air a year later. He continued to host his New Year’s Eve show through December 31, 2011, into 2012.
I once had the honor of a short conversation with him when he called the radio station where I worked. He was negotiating the purchase of a California radio station from my boss.
Thanks for the memories, Dick Clark. Many of us wanted to be just like you. Up there in heaven looking down on us now: Rock on, Sir, rock on, and s’long.