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Dick Clark Dead at 82

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Known as ‘America’s Oldest Teenager’ Dick Clark passed away this morning due to a heart attack, he was 82 years young.

With his mammoth impact on rock and roll history, Dick Clark was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its non-performers category in 1993.

Below are some fun facts about Dick Clark and whether you grew up watching him on American Grandstand or counted down as the ball dropped in NYC every New Years he was and will always be one of the greats.

- Clark took American Bandstand national in 1957. The show moved from Philadelphia to L.A. in 1964 and stayed on the air for another quarter century.

- He hosted several game shows, most notably $10,000 Pyramid –which eventually grew to $100,000.

 

 

- Clark began an American tradition when his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve rang in 1973. After his stroke, he began co-hosting the program every year with Ryan Seacrest.

- He created the American Music Awards to compete with the Grammys, and Dick Clark Productions also produces the Golden Globes, the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Family Television Awards.

- He and Ed McMahon hosted dozens of TV Bloopers specials throughout the ’80s.

- Married three times, Clark is survived by his wife Kari and three sons.

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