As host to the first network television series devoted to rock and roll and the longest running musical show in television history, American Bandstand, Dick Clark made rock music palatable to the mainstream American public and helped promote the careers of many rock and roll artists of the 50s, both the talents and no talents. Spokesman Paul Shefrin said the "American Bandstand" creator had a heart attack Wednesday morning at Saint John's hospital in Santa Monica, a day after he was admitted for an outpatient procedure. Clark suffered a massive heart attack after entering St. As the host of " American Bandstand " for 33 years he is credited with bringing rock and roll to the masses, helping end segregation and jumpstarting the careers of Tina TurnerStevie Wonder and Simon and Garfunkelamong many others. In his one-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Dick Clark shares how he first got into television hosting, and outlines the rise of American Bandstand from a local Philadelphia show to a national phenomenon.
Delmont initially became interested in "American Bandstand" because his mom was a huge fan.
On May 2,Dick Clark concluded his second day of testimony in the so-called Payola hearings—testimony that both saved and altered the course of his career. As it is no surprise to those who followed his career closely, Clark was a certified workaholic. By two of them—Allan Freed and Dick Clark— were battling it out for supreme influence over pop music nationally. The Other Half Episodes Alan DukeCNN.
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