April 18, 2012

'American Bandstand' host Dick Clark dead at 82 [VIDEO]

The longtime host of American Bandstand, ABC's New Year's Rockin' Eve and TV producer has died. [see VIDEO from ABC News]

Dick Clark talks about his early days on  Bandstand and gives credit to legendary Black Radio Disc Jockey Georgie Woods -[Click Here]

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.

Equally comfortable chatting about music with Sam Cooke or bantering with Ed McMahon on "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes," Clark was listed among the Forbes 400 of wealthiest Americans.
   - Read more on the death of Dick Clark, his legacy and [PHOTO GALLERY]

Below is a video of Prince (who would have been about 21 at the time) making his national TV debut on American Bandstand in 1980. It was probably Dick Clark's hardest interview ever. Prince barely answered the questions and used hand gestures to answer some... he was probably put off by Clark's first question and things went downhill after that.

Prince's National Debut on American Bandstand

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