Dick Clark 1929-2012

Dick Clark, the music industry maverick, longtime TV host and powerhouse producer who changed the way we listened to pop music with "American Bandstand," and whose trademark "Rockin' Eve" became a fixture of New Year's celebrations, died today at the age of 82.

Clark's agent Paul Shefrin said in statement that the veteran host died this morning following a "massive heart attack."

Clark started his career as a radio announcer at WRUN in Utica, N.Y.,  when he was 17.

Dick Clark Productions created thousands of hours of television, particularly awards shows such as the Golden Globes, Daytime Emmy Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Clark, who was born Nov. 30, 1929, in Mount Vernon, N.Y.,  was well known for his catchphrase when signing off: "For now, Dick Clark… so long."


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