DENVER — Television legend Dick Clark died on Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 82 years old.
He was a trailblazer, a producer and host who impacted lives all over America.
FOX31 Denver’s Hendrik Sybrandy spoke to some people in Colorado who have fond memories of Dick Clark, and what he meant to the music world.
Dan Mitchell, 99.5 FM The Mountain Afternoon Personality, talking about American Bandstand: “It was kind of like MTV was in the 80’s. You put your video on MTV to sell some records. You wanted to be on American Bandstand to sell some records, to sell yourself.”
“He (Clark) absolutely contributed to the rock and roll explosion. Dick Clark really loved the kids in the audience, he really had a passion for the artists who were there,” Mitchell said.
Barry Fey, Denver Music Promoter: “Yeah he was the pioneer like Davy Crockett. American Bandstand in Philadelphia, that was huge. I can’t even imagine how many acts that really broke.”
“Every TV was tuned in the teenage house to American Bandstand. I watched it,” Fey said.
Colleen Miller, whose mother appeared on American Bandstand in the mid-1950’s: “It was a big deal for a bunch of high school kids from Newark, New Jersey to drive to Philadelphia to go to a TV studio, get directions from all of the people about when to dance, when to stop, when to smile, when to not.”
“It was a big part of her growing up and she loved the show and it just became our tradition to watch it together,” Miller said.