Dick Clark More Than Bandstand
Dick Clark died yesterday of a heart attack at 82 years of age. Most know that Clark was battling the effects of a previous stroke that impaired his body.
While most people will celebrate the great television shows he brought to the popular culture (way to many to name), in my eyes his actions were far greater than his products. During the worst time of segregation, Clark, invited white and black audiences to sit together vs apart. Clark brought some of the greatest black artists to the television screen such as Little Richard, Chubby Checker, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Tina Turner, The Platters, and the list could go on and on.
While mostly known for his Rock n Roll history Dick held Nashville ties. At one time he owned the TNN (The Nashville Network) which primarily featured Country Music programs. He created the Academy of Country Music Awards to be the west coast version of Nashville's The CMA's.
Visionaries like Clark, are a once and a lifetime gift. He should be in the Country Music Hall Of Fame, and any accolade connected with pop culture. He changed, he massaged, he dictated what pop culture would be. Very rarely did his visions fail.
Dick Clark also saw the importance of Little Richard to Rock music. He once said, "Once you have seen Little Richard you have seen the most important legend in Rock history". That I have to agree with.