For Dick Clark, Who Will Always Be “America’s Oldest Teenager” – Smokey Robinson And The Miracles

Many people helped folks hear Rock n’ Roll.

Many people helped folks see Rock n’ Roll.

Few did both.  Dick Clark was one of them, and perhaps the most iconic.  DJ, TV host, producer and true entertainment legend.

I remember listening to his Top 40 music countdowns… watching him on Pyramid and then later, watching his New Year’s Eve countdowns…  He seemed so immortal, so eternally young.  Seeing him after his stroke was a shock.  It made me realize that people cannot actually go on forever.  I really thought he would.

From ABC News:

“Born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on Nov. 30, 1929, Richard Wagstaff Clark began his lifelong career in show business began before he was even out of high school. He started working in the mailroom of WRUN, a radio station in upstate New York run by his father and uncle. It wasn’t long before the teenager was on the air, filling in for the weatherman and the announcer.

Clark pursued his passion at Syracuse University, working as a disc jockey at the student-run radio station while studying for his degree in business. After graduating in 1951, Clark went back to his family’s radio station, but within a year, a bigger city and bigger shows were calling.

Clark landed a gig as a DJ at WFIL in Philadelphia in 1952, spinning records for a show he called “Dick Clark’s Caravan of Music.” There he broke into the big time, hosting Bandstand, an afternoon dance show for teenagers.

PHOTO: Dick Clark attends Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011 in Times Square in this Dec. 31, 2010 file photo in New York City.

Within five years, the whole country was watching. ABC took the show national, and “American Bandstand” was born.”

So RIP Dick, this one just felt right and goes out to you.

Smokey Robinson And The Miracles – The Definitive Collection

Perhaps it is because Smokey looks eternally young, too.  Perhaps it is because his music was and is still so influential.

He was R&B and Motown… and was early Rock n’ Roll and like Dick Clark, he is in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame!

His music will be remembered forever… just like you will be… well, as long as there is sight and sound.

Songs like “Shop Around”, “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me”, “The Tracks Of My Tears”, “I Second That Emotion”, and “The Tears Of A Clown” always gave me pleasure… but today they have weight…

Yes, Smokey was on Bandstand, but so were hundreds of other acts… So why was he one of the first artists who popped into my head?  I don’t know, but he was… and so here we are… Amazing music being sent out into the world for an amazing man.

We lost a good one today…

And so amidst the beautiful sound of Rock n’ Roll, the bandstand is eerily quiet.  RIP.


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