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American Bandstand Creator Dick Clark Dies at 82

After suffering a massive heart attack, Dick Clark dies at the age of 82

Posted: 04/19/2012 02:00 PM EDT
Filed Under 106 & Park

Just months after the devastating loss of music television pioneer and visionary Don Cornelius, the industry was shaken by the loss of Dick Clark, another influential figure in the evolution of music television. He was 82.

Dick Clark was the host and creator of American Bandstand and was instrumental in exposing Black acts like Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, The Jackson 5, Prince and Michael Jackson to mainstream America. Clark was also one of the first people in television to show Blacks and whites dancing on the same stage.

106 & Park would like to remember Dick Clark for his contribution to music television and for being one of the people to make it possible for 106 & Park to exist and thrive as a successful music variety show. He will be missed.

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