LOS ANGELES — Dick Clark, the ever-youthful television host and tireless entrepreneur who helped bring rock ’n’ roll into the mainstream on “American Bandstand,” and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the New Year’s Eve countdown from Times Square, has died. He was 82.
Spokesman Paul Shefrin said Clark had a heart attack this morning at Saint John’s hospital in Santa Monica, where he had gone the day before for an outpatient procedure.
Dick Clark stood as an avatar of rock ‘n’ roll virtually from its birth and, until his death Wednesday at age 82, as a cultural touchstone for boomers and their grandkids alike.
His identity as “the world’s oldest teenager” became strained in recent years, as time and infirmity caught up with his enduring boyishness. But he owned New Year’s Eve after four decades hosting his annual telecast on ABC from Times Square. And as a producer and entertainment entrepreneur, he was a media titan: his Dick Clark Productions supplied movies, game shows, beauty contests and more to TV, and, for a time in the 1980s, he boasted programs on all three networks.
Released in 1967, “Open Letter to the Older Generation” by Dick Clark sounds as though America’s perpetual teenager is standing up for the kids and addressing Victor Lundberg’s contemporaneous hit single
An Open Letter to the Older Generation
Bandstand Boogie – Barry Manillow