Dick Clark (1929-2012)

From “American Bandstand” to “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” the man dubbed “America’s Oldest Teenager” was a mainstay in American living rooms.

Dick Clark began his radio and television career in the early 1950s. In 1952, he became the regular substitute host of "Bob Horn's Bandstand" on WFIL in Philadelphia. In 1956, he became the full-time host. A year later, ABC picked up the show and changed the name to "American Bandstand."


In this promotional photo from the mid-1950s, Clark snaps his fingers to the beat of a song as the McGuire Sisters (from left, Christine, Dorothy and Phyllis) and Johnny Mathis perform behind him.

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Clark anounces the week's top 10 most popular songs during a 1958 episode of "The Dick Clark Show." Like "Bandstand," it featured top musical stars lip synching their hits. Unlike "Bandstand," the audience sat in a more traditional theater setting.

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Clark appeared as A.J. Bailey and Pat O'Brien, left, starred as P.T. Barnum in this 1965 episode of "Branded" entitled ''The Greatest Coward On Earth.''

Clark served as executive producer of a series called "In Concert" from 1973-75.

Clark became host of "The $10,000 Pyramid" on CBS in March 1973. In 1974, the show moved to ABC and upgraded the prize money to $20,000. He was also a producer of the show.

Clark and his third wife Kari Wigton have been married since 1977.

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On Feb. 15, 1994, Clark hosted "American Bandstand's Teen Idol," a retrospective special that looked at rock and roll's teen-age stars through the years.

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In 1973, Clark created the "American Music Awards." Unlike the Grammy Awards, the AMAs were meant to feature and reward commercially popular music and artists. He struck a pose with former Blondie singer Debbie Harry at the 26th show on Jan. 11, 1999.

Michael Jackson arrives at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif., to tape his performance for Dick Clark's "American Bandstand's 50th...A Celebration" on Saturday, April 20, 2002.

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Clark shared the stage with co-host Ryan Seacrest during his annual "New Year's Rockin' Eve" show from Times Square in New York on Jan. 1, 2006. The night marked Clark's first television appearance after suffering a stroke in December 2004. Clark died on Wednesday, April 18. He was 82.

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