No matter how old or young you are, your pop culture has probably included Dick Clark
in a prominent role.
Dick Clark in 1990 (Wikimedia Commons/Photo by Alan Light)
His iconic rock 'n' roll TV show, American Bandstand, ran for decades – and when it was done, Dick Clark wasn't. He stayed in the game with TV specials like Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, radio shows like "Rock, Roll & Remember," a chain of rock 'n' roll-themed restaurants, and much more.
But it's American Bandstand we love best… and it's where we can best see how little Dick Clark changed over the years. Some laughed at his ever-youthful appearance, dubbing him "the world's oldest teenager," but over the course of four decades, he just kept on looking great – and loving pop music and culture. Here he is on Bandstand: one clip for each decade from the '50s through the '80s.
1950s: Dick Clark introduces Bill Haley & the Comets
1969: Dick Clark interviews Stevie Wonder
1976: An interview with John Travolta
1986: All eight of The Jets chat with Dick Clark
Clark died this morning, but he still remains timeless for us. Thanks, Dick Clark, for bringing us great music for all those years.
Written by Linnea Crowther