It was never goodbye. It seems that whenever Dick Clark signed off for any of his broadcasts, it would be with his traditional salute and his familiar “This is Dick Clark… so long.” Whether it be the myriad incarnations of the original Pyramid game show, “Bloopers and Practical Jokes” (along side another icon, Ed McMahon), his 30+ years of hosting his own Rockin’ New Year’s Eve show, the “oldest living teenager” seemed to have his hand in every aspect of every show he was associated with. I was not around to really enjoy the heyday of American Bandstand; however, popular music owes the show and the man most associated with it a huge debt. Bandstand not only brought rock’n’roll to teenage homes on Saturdays but also broke the color barrier by showcasing acts like Chubby Checker, Sam Cooke, the Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips, amongst others.
Today, Mr. Clark bid his final adieu after suffering a massive heart attack at the age of 82. I’m not sure which I remember him more from. Every New Years for as long as I can remember, the TV was tuned to ABC from 11:35PM onward to witness whatever elements were being thrown on Times Square to ring in the New Year. Until the last few years (after he suffered a stroke), Clark was in the thick of rain, snow, sleet, or 60°+ degree weather counting down the minutes until the ball would drop from atop Number One Times Square to ring out the old and bring in the new.
From time to time, I catch reruns of the many Pyramid shows on GSN. Others have attempted to recapture the success of the original but have failed for whatever reason.
WHile I was not alive in the 50 and 60s, I do remember seeing some of the hit artists of the 80s on Bandstand. From Michael to Janet to (I’m almost embarrassed to say) Prince, and Madonna AB was a staple after cartoons ended.
HOWEVER… I have been trying to recollect if Mr. Clark had one of those famous “poke their head out the window” cameos on Batman visitng Gotham City from his home Philadelphia way. SURE ENOUGH!
Rest in Peace, Mr. Clark. May you ring in the New Year for eternity.
4 thoughts on “So Long”
I knew Dick Clark for shows I watched growing up like Bloopers and 20,000 Pyramid.
This was a nice tribute to him.
Funny, there was an interview on Toledo news last night from a previous area anchor who was presented “the Golden Blooper Award” a number of years ago.
Hmm, missed it… what is the Golden Blooper award?
On “Bloopers” I believe they had a weekly trophy given to the best of the worst.