Thursday, April 19, 2012

Dick Clark, American Bandstand,

Dick Clark
American Bandstand
New Years Eve
Dick Clark
Dick Clark
The Ageless Teenager
The Smile
The Hair
The Rock Around The Clock
Dick Clark
Blessings and prayers for
Dick Clarks Family and Friends
as they mourn his death
and the world
Dick Clark was greeted by so many
and there is now
a party going on
as the dance
and the music continues with
Dick Clark in heaven!

Can you even imagine the joyous noise as he was welcomed yesterday; and those talented artists sang him home?
Oh do you remember when we all gathered in front of those black n white televisions that sat on the floors of the living room?
Just dancing our butts off there in the livingrooms of our homes,
wishing like crazy we were on that show?
We watched some of the greats as they sang their songs,
we learned to
"twist and shout", to "stroll", to do the "hop", the "bop", the "mash potato", as we listened to the sounds and croons of so many and watched them go on to become bigger than the screens they were on?
Well , some of us were wee little ones yes of course, still in diapers I'm certain! LOL
To think that if it weren't for
American Bandstand
the beginnings of music, dance on a television... such daring dance, and stylin on the floor and in homes.
Dick Clark lived a life full tilt
a man who felt the music and people wide open, and did not know the word stop.
I loved that about him,
And rather than be sad about his death, I can't help but to be happy about his life today.
Although the rain has come, I can't help but think it's the Creator and those in spirit land crying their tears of joy as they welcomed him home.
Now free from the effects of his speech being altered, his life being restrained as we watched in amazement his continued determination although it would have been easier for him to just live the rest of his life at home with his family. He continued, he was active in spite of his limitations, he allowed the world to view and to be a part of his changed persona as we watched him from Times Square and the traditions continued with
Now he can be free,
rejoin the music and old friends
with no pain, no strain, and
I give thanks for his life
as the rain falls here.
Thank you Dick Clark
for being in my home and heart
and the great talents you brought forth.

A star indeed!
Wonder how many danced and sang across the stage of American Bandstand through the years?
How many did you dance and sing along with?
"For now, Dick Clark ... so long,"
 We'll remember that smile, that hair, those expressive hands and eyes forever!

Tony Orlando once said, "only God is responsible for making more stars than Dick Clark made."
He just may have been on the money, as even Aretha Franklin has been known to say, if you hadn't made it on Dick Clark's show you didn't really make it!
He was influential in so many careers even after the end of
that great show!
Dick was color-blind back in the day,
he only saw the broad view and colors of sound;
he was subjected to death threats,
from the Klan,
from irrate parents,
EVERYONE loved him, and more importantly he brought folks together by their Universal connection of music!
Buddy Holly to James Brown and so many many more, we found kids and babies dancing with Grannys and Pops around t.v.s'
and a culture was born.
Thanks Dick... and from American Bandstand to New Years Eve, to now Ryan Seacrest and American Idol and the Voice and all these now popular shows in living color and new sounds, we have American Bandstand, The Soul Train to thank!

Who was your favorite on American Bandstand?
What was YOUR dance?
Do you remember?
Was it the "shag", the ?
Was it, the Tempatations, The Beach Boys, Wilson PIcket, Michael Jackson?
How many acts do YOU remember performing on Bandstand?

C'mon now
it's time to remember!!!
Dick Clark
all those years!

Dance on in the next place with old friends
and great times Dick!
Let the good times roll dear man!

Walk in Beauty,


Irene M said...

Born in the early 50's, Mr. Dick Clark was a huge part of my entire life. I will miss what he brought to my ears, eyes and past. Such fond memories of watching American Bandstand with my brother. We grew up in New Jersey and the Philly connection was very strong.
RIP Mr. New Year's EVE... bless you

Anonymous said...

I well remember us as kids trying ALL the dances we saw on American Bandstand. In fact, there used to be old style home movies of all the kids wiggling around trying to imitate the greats. Never did master any of the dances but we could sing all the hit songs. I heard that it was not unusual for an artist to sell 100,000 records within 24 hours of introducing a new song on his show. I think we didn't buy many records in those days. All the records I owned fit in one of those little cardboard boxes with the plastic handle until I finished high school and we graduated to albums. Funny memories. So glad the home movies were tossed out with all the stuff in my folks attic.
Best to all. Thanks doc for the look back!

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