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For the Record …. Dick Clark has spent over thirty years as the host of the longest-running musical variety show in U. Clark has also branched out from strictly musical ventures into more general areas of television and film production and has gained a respected reputation with the heads of major networks for delivering successful projects on time and within budget limitations.
Richard Augustus Wagstaff Clark Jr. He was a radio as well as a television personality as well as a cultural icon. He is best known for hosting American Bandstand from to
He was survived by his third wife Kari Wigton, whom he married on July 7, His first wife was Barbara Mallery to whom he married from to He married his second wife, Loretta Martin in
Clark was well known for his trademark sign-off, "For now, Dick Clark — so long! Episodes he hosted were among the first in which blacks and whites performed on the same stage, and likewise among the first in which the live studio audience sat without racial segregation. Singer Paul Anka claimed that Bandstand was responsible for creating a "youth culture".
As host to the first network television series devoted to rock and roll and the longest running musical show in television history, American Bandstand, Dick Clark made rock music palatable to the mainstream American public and helped promote the careers of many rock and roll artists of the 50s, both the talents and no talents. He was an average student until he reached the tenth grade and discovered radio. At that time he decided radio would be his career.
The program's mix of lip-synched performances and its "Rate-a-Record" segment captivated teenagers, propelling Clark to fame. Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, the long-running special broadcast that aired on December 31 each year, began inand he created numerous other shows over the years. Sometimes known as "America's oldest teenager," Dick Clark was one of the most influential figures in popular music.
Clark was a disc jockey at the student-run radio station at Syracuse Universityand he worked at radio and television stations in Syracuse and UticaNew York, before moving in to WFIL radio in Philadelphia. He emerged from the investigation largely unscathed. In American Bandstand moved to Saturdays and to Los Angelesboth to follow the shifting centre of the music industry and to allow Clark to broaden his involvement in television production.