LIKE EVERY KID IN THE LATE FIFTIES, I GREW UP WITH AMERICAN BANDSTAND AS A SAFE PLACE TO GO WHEN I WAS CHASED HOME AFTER SCHOOL. THE DANCERS WERE BROTHERS AND SISTERS I NEVER HAD, AND DICK CLARK WAS THE FATHER I NEVER KNEW.

IN MY SPECTROPOP INTERVIEW WITH PRODUCER JERRY ROSS (“SUNNY”, “SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME”, “98.6”) JERRY REMEMBERS DICK,

“When I was starting out, One of my instructors took a liking to me and she set up a live on-camera audition with the general manager of WFIL-TV, Jack Steck. He handed me a copy of the Daily News and said, “OK, now ad lib.” AW: And then what? JR: They hired me! I found out that they had just fired the host of the local Bandstand show, Bob Horn, that day, and brought in radio personality Dick Clark to replace him. Dick had an afternoon DJ show called the Caravan Of Music and played artists like Joni James, the Four Aces and Tony Bennett. Dick didn’t know Chuck Berry from a strawberry! But, he learned very quickly by surrounding himself with local and national promotion people, who knew where the hits were happening – Red Schwartz, Matty Singer, Danny Davis. Dick was doing both shows, so I took over as DJ for Caravan Of Music three days a week. I was a DJ for WFIL radio, and then I would go over to the TV studio and do the station breaks, introduce Dick and do some commercials for Bandstand!  AW: [Laughs] Sounds like they had you running! JR: Two months later the TV show went national and became American Bandstand! I was one of Dick’s first announcers. I was staff there for about two years.  AW: Those were the golden years of Bandstand – the first national TV show that was totally dedicated to playing pop music! JR: Between the charisma of the kid’s dancing – they were the stars – that great “music of your life” and the “Dick Clark appeal”, the show just exploded! During that time, we didn’t have a green room, and all of the top artists of the day – Bobby Darin, Chubby Checker, Connie Francis, Pat Boone, Neil Sedaka – would come in and hang out in my booth with their managers and promotion people while waiting to go on the show. So I got to meet a lot of movers and shakers early on.”

ABOUT TWENTY  LATER I WAS OUT IN MALIBU VISITING MY FRIEND AND CLIENT RADIO SPOT MAKER JOE KLEIN…

Joe Klein NMC Website HeadshotWe were walking down the beach when we run across a couple of girls from Pepperdine, who tell us about a party at Dick Clark’s house. I always wanted to meet, one of  America’s most popular DJs, TV hosts, and creator of the American Music Awards, and there’s no better time than now. As we boldly walk into his house, I tell Joe I that I don’t know Dick, but just act like we belong there. Then a suspicious Charlie O’Donnell, Dick’s long time announcer, walks over to us. I shake his hand and tell him we met in Mel Bly’s office, up at Warner Brothers Music. He breaks into a smile, and welcomes us to Dick’s private birthday party, and takes us in to meet the man himself! We wish him a Happy Birthday, and he acts as if he’s known us all of our lives. Although he’s been talking to some of his friends, he takes a few minutes to bring a couple of ice teas over to Joe and me, who are sitting on the couch. As Dick leans down to hand me the tall frosty glass, I imagine that the drink is a microphone, and he is interviewing me on American Bandstand. I suddenly have an urge to say, “I’m Artie Wayne, from the East Bronx, and I go to the High School of Music and Art.”, I but I don’t. I learned a long time ago that by sometimes saying less, you can leave more of an impression.

Joe Klein…Radio and TV commercial producer

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Dear Artie, In 1963,after growing up watching American Bandstand ,Steve Duboff,my writing partner and I fond ourselves with a top 40 hit called “The Pied Piper”.There we were performing on Dicks show.After the show Mr.Clark requited that we meet him and wanted to talk about our unusual success landing all the even minor hits we had.He was a gentleman and gracious.I flashed back to watching Bandstand and then running out to buy “Get a Job”.Bandstand built my record collection and lit the fires that led to mr success making music.

Peace, Artie Kornfeld…”THE FATHER OF WOODSTOCK” (“THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS”)
DICK CLARK WAS MORE THAN JUST A HOST AND MADE STARS OF A LOT OF ARTIST. THEY ALL TALK ABOUT HOW HE WAS THE BEST HOST WHICH HE WAS AND WHAT HE DID FOR THEM AS FAR AS A CAREER. DICK’S FAMILY AND MY FAMILY WERE VERY CLOSE FRIENDS HIS KIDS AND MY KIDS PLAYED TOGETHER. HE WAS THE VERY BEST!!!!   MY FAMILY WILL MISS HIM. MY HEART GOES OUT TO KARI AND THE CHILDREN  ROCK ON DICK
FREDDY BOOM BOOM CANNON…(“PALISADES PARK”, “WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS”) 
L to R…PHIL EVERLY, JACKIE WILSON, DON EVERLY, AND CLYDE McPHATTER
Hi Artie
I loved Dick Clark!
He was always great
To me!  He definitely
Helped  in the making
Of many superstars!
And he was one himself!
 Russ  Regan…(Elton John, Barry White)
In 1970 when Don Fischel and I started Heller-Fischel andIrvingwas our Junior Agent Dick Clark was our 1st Landlord at 9120 Sunset Blvd. $150.00 dollars a month and on Fridays he would bring us Lunch. Paull Revere and The Raiders were right up the hall. Dick was the kindest, nicest most respectful human being that I ever met. He set the bar at the very highest level of Humanity, Class and GOOD TASTE. I never, ever saw him turn any of us down when we came to him for a favor. NEVER. I mean, my God people “HE WAS DICK CLARK”, he didnn’t HAVE to help anyone. When I’d see him over the years at Events, etc. I always felt the same warmth eminate from his persona. Hey man, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, R.I.P. and enjoy your next life, UPSTAIRS, my brother. YOU PERSONIFY ROCK AND ROLL.
JERRY HELLER

Lenny Welch…”YOU DON”T KNOW ME”…Hi Artie, The first time I met Dick Clark I was 19 years old . My hit record at the time was “YOU DON’T KNOW ME” . His show was in Philadelphiaat the time and his office was no bigger than a small closet. I was very nervous at the time but he put me at ease. Since that time , I have done his show many times and he was always kind to me. In my day, if you wanted to see who was singing the hit songs you liked, you would turn on Dick Clark.
There will never be another Dick Clark. Lenny Welch 
THE  SKYLINERS… “SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU”
Bruce Belland…Four Preps…(“26 MILES”)…What can you say – a great friend of mine and the Preps. A generous, brilliant and decent guy. I’ll miss him dearly..
Bruce Belland
Dick Clark, what can we say about this wonderful man, one of the very many remembrances we will always have in our hearts is that every time we appeared on American Bandstand Dick would stop by our dressing room, stick his head in and very loudly say to us “Gentlemen, gentlemen!”, he would say this every time we went on his show and we would always laugh. One day on another of our appearances Dick stuck his head in the dressing room door again and said “Gentlemen, gentlemen!”, this time we playfully pulled him in and said “Dick why do you always say “Gentlemen, gentlemen!” every time we come on your show, he looked at us with a playful and mischievousness look and said “I just want to make sure you’re all still gentlemen before you go on”!!!!, we all fell on the floor in fits of laughter!!,
God bless Dick Clark, with love and respect. From the Commodores. WAK, Clyde, and J.D.

JIGGS- THE ANGELS (“MY BOYFRIENDS BACK”) I remember what a thrill it was to do the Dick Clark Show back in the early 60′s. I was recently looking at pictures taken at those shows. It was even better years later doing concerts with him at casinos and other huge venues. I used to make up stories about Dick and us in the back seat of some old classic car and got great response from the audiences. I believe he has been totally taken for granted as he was always around on TV in one production or other. He will always be with us because of his legacy, but will be greatly missed by those of us who directly benefited from his brilliance.

Best, Jiggs

                                                       HERE’S BOBBY DARIN AND “MACK THE KNIFE”
Hey Artie, Dick was a real good friend, and he’s going to be missed
Lloyd Price…”PERSONALITY”, “STAGGER LEE”)
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I am glad for the opportunity to briefly eulogize such a special person.  I was lucky enough to go from being a teenager watching AB on a black & white Sylvania TV, to actually appearing 3 times on the show.  Dick Clark was always cordial & professional, even working up a little on-air “piece of business” about having a stagehand toss me a large pillow so I could sit a little higher on the piano bench.  But beyond my personal experience, here was a man who did a great deal for racial integration, quietly but powerfully, with the artists he featured (not to mention, eventually, the dancers).  This “equal opportunity music” was so important to America as a country, and set a great standard.  

And thank you, Dick Clark, for enriching my life!
 
Fondly Alan O’Day…(“UNDERCOVER ANGEL”, “ANGIE BABY”, “ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN”)
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Tony Orlando (“TIE A YELLOW RIBBON”, “KNOCK THREE TIMES”): “Only God is responsible for making more stars than Dick Clark.”
 
R.I.P., Dick, Tony Orlando
Artie–When i was 15 growing up in Philly, a couple of buddies were going out with a few girls from South Philly who danced on Bandstand Friday afternoons. Somehow I got talked into going because the girls could get us in. Dick Clark was the epitome of suave. And he was nice when the camera was off, too. That day I was determined to stay in the bleachers but I gave in when I was dragged on the dance floor for  slow song. While dancing I got the button on my jacket sleeve stuck in my partner’s hair. When the record ended we were still stuck and of course Dick was standing next to us with his mike and a camera. Could be the most embarrassing moment of my youth.--Rich Podolsky, author of  “Don Kirshner: The Man with the Golden Ear.” (RJP2001@aol.com)
 JERRY LEE DEBUTS  “GREAT BALLS OF FIRE” ON THE DICK CLARK SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW  

To me Dick was a class act all the way in all ways. He was someone who not only brought the music to us, but loved the music and those who made it. I was lucky enough to spend some time with him and he was a lovely man. He truly appreciated songs and songwritiers. And did so much for both. RIP Dick.
DIANE WARREN…(“UNBREAK MY HEART”, “HOW CAN I LIVE WITHOUT YOU?”)
 L to R…Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Bo Diddley
click onto  “SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN” BY CHUCK BERRY  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhcDCZv1mwY&feature=related
Julia Negronremember the very first New Year’s Rocking Eve… with guests Three Dog Night! http://entertainment.time.com/2011/12/30/dick-clark-photos-in-memory-of-an-american-icon/?iid=ent-category-mostpop1#clark_02
L to R…CHUCK NEGRON, COREY WELLS, AND DANNY HUTTON…THREE DOG NIGHT
Allee Willis…(“BOOGIE WONDERLAND”, “I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU”) Sorry, Artie. I’m on tour and going NUTS!! Here’s my tribute to a beautiful man: What would childhood have been without Dick Clark? Like everyone else my age or around it I raced home from school to dance with Bandstand. I totally lived for that show and it certainly influenced what became of me. Dick Clark left an indelible mark on pop culture that changed it for everyone who came after. R.I.P. Dick Clark, a legend among legends.

“WHEN I WAS A STAFF WRITER FOR ALDON MUSIC, I WOULD STAY HOME ON THURSDAY AND REPORT BY PHONE TO DONNY KIRSHNER HOW WELL THEIR SONGS WERE RATED ON AMERICAN BANDSTAND (AT THE TIME YOU COULDN’T GET GOOD TV RECEPTION AT 1650 BROADWAY)

EVERYTIME ONE OF THE KIDS SAID THEY GIVE AN ALDON SONG THE HIGHEST RATING BECAUSE THEY COULD DANCE TO IT, I’D HEAR CHEERS OVER THE PHONE FROM DONNY, CAROLE KING, NEIL SEDAKA, AND JACK KELLER…”

ARTIE WAYNE

Dick Clark was an icon and the bridge for many generations. Always decent, always consistant, always making othe people comfortable.

It was an honor to work and play with Dick, whether on American Bandstand, traveling with him on tour, or just being his friend out of the spotlight. He helped me and many of my friends become part of Rock & Roll History.

Dick, we will all miss you. Lou Christie “LIGHTNING STRIKES”, “TWO FACES HAVE I”

 ROGER McGUINN THE BYRDS…”MR. TAMBOURENE MAN”…GOD BLESS YOU!
being on AB was a delight. the whole show dedictated to the music and the fans…..and dick clark was the first to do it in such a big manner. certainly the first to celebrate the spirit of the new music and those who welcomed and lived it. I’ve always doubted whether he would have been so succesful had he tried to be anythign else than what he was….no weird outfit or hip DJ name, not even from a hip trend setting town. a strangely perfect delivery system for parents and cautious broadcasters. One of the unique things about Dick Clark
was his absolute attention to the details of his guests. He had savant level retention for names and little personal facts. Another icon in the biz with that kind of capacity is Clive Davis….almost total retention of all he takes in. Strange that both of them were so straight, so not musicians themselves, but had such unelivable impact on transcultural aesthetics. One of my favorite takes on Dick was offered by Johnny Carson who imagined Clark getting home from another day of Show Biz moguldom, stepping into his Malibu beach front home…his wife handing him favorite cocktail, they chat for a minute and then he steps out of his house, walks across the beach sand step into the surf and takes a sunset walk upon the water….. what a symbol of exciting times past!
Terry Kirkman..THE ASSOCIATION (“CHERISH”, “WINDY”)
 
L -R…BRUCE JOHNSTON, AL JARDINE, BRIAN WILSON,AND MIKE LOVE…THE BEACH BOYS
Jimmy Clanton (“JUST A DREAM”)…How well I remember that Dick presented me with my gold record for ‘Just a Dream…and , of course, the countless times I was on BANDSTAND.
 
 
                              DICK CLARK AND MICHAEL JACKSON
Today I have lost my good friend, Dick Clark. Without him, I would not have had a career in the music business.  He was always there for me whenever I called him on the phone. We’d sit in his office and just recall the wonderful early years of rock and roll. Without Dick Clark, rock and roll music would have never had the impact that it had. Because of American Bandstand the world was introduced to all of the great rock and roll artists that appeared on his show.  On a recent CD that I just put out of my music, Dick wrote some of the liner notes.  He was a good friend and I cannot even put into words how much I loved him and how much I will miss him.  Rest in peace my good friend.  
John Madara…Songwriter/Producer (“AT THE HOP”, “ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY”)
click on to watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8dEn6qCecg
Hi Artie,
I was shocked and saddened by Dick’s passing. I didn’t expect it.  He seemed to be on the mend. He was a good friend and a great benefactor to me and so many others. He created my career and was always there for me when I called upon him. I know he was not happy dealing with his infirmities, but now I believe he is whole again in his spiritual state.
All the Best, Dave White…Danny and the Juniors… (“AT THE HOP”, “ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY”)
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HERE’S CHUBBY AND “THE TWIST”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?

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Remembering Dick Clark, who gave generations the chance to dance!

By Dawn Lee Wakefield of the National Examiner  Classic Rock Music Examiner

Baby boomers and music lovers have lost another icon today, as Dick Clark, host of “American Bandstand,” is dead, at age 82. WKYT, the CBS affiliate inPhiladelphia announced that Mr. Clark’s representative, Paul Shefrin, said that the perennially youthfulClark “had suffered a massive heart attack” and died. CNN reporter Alan Duke noted that the death occurred during an outpatient procedure atSt. John’sHospital inSanta Monica. Just 10 years ago this week, Mr. Clark had hosted the taping of “American Bandstand’s 50th: A Celebration” program at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium inPasadena,California.

Unquestionably, his passing strikes a chord in the hearts of four decades of teenage viewers, who grew up watching “American Bandstand,” with Mr. Clark as their favorite host. In the industry of showcasing great rock and roll music, Mr. Clark reigned supreme. He presented chart-topping recording artists each week, as he brought national stars into your own living room with such frequency that you never wanted to miss a broadcast. He also introduced the country to new, up and coming artists, who were destined to become household names. The “Bandstand” show itself had a format that was ever as much as a showcase for initially unknown Philadelphia high school students to be considered “the dancers to emulate,” as teenagers across the country learned how to do the latest steps by watching the teens each week. Dick Clark gave all of us a chance to dance.

Continue reading on Examiner.com Remembering Dick Clark, who gave generations the chance to dance – National classic rock music | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/classic-rock-music-in-national/remembering-dick-clark-who-gave-generations-the-chance-to-dance#ixzz1sSAbiNNG

EXTRA! WHILE SEARCHING FOR SOME AMERICAN BANDSTAND VIDEOS I FOUND A 14 MINUTE CLIP OF THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW IN 1982…WHICH IS EXTRAORDAINARY                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E5xy6gjnt4&feature=related

EXTRA! EXTRA!! THEN I FOUND A RALPH EDWARDS “THIS IS YOUR LIFE” FEATURING DICK CLARK THAT WAS JUST POSTED WITH ONLY 33 VIEWS SO FAR! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgPxz1VNU0E&feature=related

BARRY MANILOW TELLS THE STORY AND SINGS THE AMERICAN BANDSTAND THEME http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-2Zgc8Aqug

L to R – DICK CLARK, FABIAN, BOBBY RYDELL, AND FRANKIE AVALON

Thank you Dick Clark for all that you’ve given us R.I.P., MAY YOU ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

Respectfully, Artie Wayne   https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/celebrating-two-million-views-today-on-artie-wayne-on-the-web/

HERE’S THE SONG THAT PAYS TRIBUTE TO DICK AND ALL OF HIS FRIENDS WHO ARE NO LONGER HERE. WRITTEN BY ALAN O’DAY AND JOHNNY STEVENSON, “ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN” VOCAL BY RONNIE KIMBALL

Copyright 2012 by Artie Wayne

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