America’s Oldest Teenager Dick Clark passed away today at the age of 82 of a heart attack. Clark who had a long career in television is best known in the music world for the music show American Bandstand. As the host from 1952 – 1989, Clark showcased many bands on his show which included appearances by metal acts such as KISS, Bon Jovi and Dokken to name a few.
Paul Stanley of KISS released the following statement upon hearing of Clark’s death:
“As a little boy I sat transfixed to our television every afternoon and Saturday night watching American Bandstand. Dick Clark was the face of rock and roll and it’s best ambassador. His decades of successes both in and outside of the music industry are unparalleled. He championed KISS when others turned away and was instrumental in breaking us through his show ‘In Concert.’ Through the years Dick was always available when I had a question or wanted guidance. Dick Clark was the rare exception who was a bigger person in real life than the public image or legend that was also to be his legacy. I will remember him with great respect and gratitude.” — Paul Stanley
Rest In Peace Dick! Your legacy will live on forever!
Check out Dokken from 1985 below: