Thursday, April 19, 2012

Curtain falls on Dick Clark, but not on his legacy

For divergent opinions, two links :

1/ if you are in a hurry :

Dick Clark, "the oldest living teenager" has died at the age of 82. I never fully understood his appeal, but I remember my grandfather truly disliked him. My grandfather blamed Clark for ruining music and being involved in payola in the 1950s. It is where Clark first made his fortune...

2/ if you don't :

A lengthy article by Ben Fong-Torres : Dick Clark: 20 Years of Clearasil Rock, Rolling Stone's 1973 interview with the 'American Bandstand' creator




  1. In the early days of his career (1955-1965) he recieved thousands of 45RPM records by artists hoping to get a break. Most of those records are one-of-a-kind and collectors would pay a small fortune to get some of these records. Where are all those records now? In the dump? Did anyone bother to document these records? Another piece of record history - Gone With Payolla!

    1. My guess is he threw them away. I remember reading an article about Clark in the late 1950s. He was being interviewed by a major magazine and the reporter mentioned wanting a picture of him with his record collection. He didn't have a single one at home so he called up some friends in the business and they delivered albums to his home for the photo. I have nothing against him, and he did a lot for rock and roll, but he was basically a salesman.