With the recent death of Dick Clark, my cousins and I had a reunion and reminisced about him and his seminal TV program American Bandstand. We pulled out an old record player, found some old records from the attic, and danced.
As Dick Clark said, "I don't make culture, I sell it." He did a fabulous job of selling rock & roll to the American public for over 40 years. He began his training as a college disc jockey at Syracuse University followed by news casting at WKTV in Utica, New York.
After getting his own radio show, "Dick Clark's Caravan of Music" on WFIL in Philadelphia, he was asked to take over the station's television affiliate afternoon music show, Bandstand. His daytime song and dance gig was launched as he introduced major artists through the years including Chubby Checker, Frankie Avalon, the Beach Boys, Temptations, Aerosmith, Talking Heads, etc.
"America's Oldest Living Teenager" went on to host other TV shows like New Year's Rockin' Eve, the $10,000 Pyramid, comedy specials and award shows. His efforts and talents were recognized with five Emmy Awards and induction into the Television Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.