82 (passed away Apr. 18th, 2012)
Nov. 30th, 1929
Mount Vernon, New York, USA
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Richard Augustus Wagstaff "Dick" Clark, Jr. (November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012) was an American radio and television personality, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 to 1987. He also hosted the game show Pyramid and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, which transmitted Times Square's New Year's Eve celebrations.
- Is a close personal friend of singer 'Connie Francis' (qv). Connie's music label was going to drop her if her last recorded song didn't sell. Thankfully, Dick played it, "Who's Sorry Now", on _"Bandstand" (1952)_ (qv) and it became an instant hit. Dick has stayed by her side even through her personal tragedies and she thanks him in every single one of her shows.
- When _"Bandstand" (1952)_ (qv) was picked up by ABC in 1957, he changed its name to "American Bandstand", ended the show's all-white policy and began introducing black artists. By 1959 it was broadcast by 101 affiliates and reached an audience of 20 million.
- He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.
- He and his wife Kari were married on 7/7/77 in a ceremony that started at 7:00 pm. His address in Burbank at that time was PO Box 7777.
- Graduated from Syracuse University in 1951 with a degee in business administration.
- Children with Loretta Martin: 'Duane Clark' (qv) and Cindy Clark.
- In 1959 the U.S. Senate began investigating the practice of "payola", in which record companies bribed radio personalities to play new records. Clark admitted he accepted a fur stole and jewelry and held financial interests in artists and songs that were frequently on _"Bandstand" (1952)_ (qv). Even though he was cleared of any wrongdoing, he was ordered to either leave ABC or sell his interests; he sold.
- Rarely consumes alcoholic beverages, and every December 31, when he and his wife host "Rockin' New Year's Eve", she doesn't drink, either.