Dick Clark
Nov. 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012

Bandstand Theme


Richard Augustus Wagstaff Clark, Jr, was born in Mount Vernon, New York. Known as a cultural icon he remains best known for hosting American television's longest-running variety show, American Bandstand, from 1957 to 1987. He also hosted the game show Pyramid and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. He is also best known for his trademark sign-off, "For now, Dick Clark. So long!", accompanied with a military salute. Clark suffered a massive stroke in December 2004. With speech ability still impaired, Clark returned to his New Year's Rockin' Eve show a year later on December 31, 2005. Subsequently, he appeared at the Emmy Awards on August 27, 2006, and every New Year's Rockin' Eve show through the 2011–2012 show. On April 18, 2012, Clark died after suffering a heart attack following surgery to fix an enlarged prostate, a transurethral resection of the prostate, he was 82.
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