Dick Clark - Veteran Tv Host Dick Clark Dies, Aged 82

Beloved U.S. TV mogul Dick Clark has died at the age of 82.
He passed away in Los Angeles on Wednesday (18Apr12) after suffering a massive heart attack.
The industry legend was born in Mount Vernon, New York and he went on to pursue his passion for showbusiness as a student at Syracuse University, working as a local DJ.
Upon graduating in 1951, he took a job at his father's radio station in upstate New York.
His career really took off when he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to host his own musical show, DICk Clark's Caravan of Music and in 1956 he launched popular teenage TV show American Bandstand, which featured famous faces like Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.
He went on to launch DICk Clark Productions in 1963, and became famous for masterminding television awards shows and specials like DICk Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, which quickly became a longstanding tradition as a celebration of America's New Year's Eve holiday.
Clark's health deteriorated in recent years and he suffered a stroke in 2004.
Despite his poor health, frail body and speech problems, Clark returned to the annual New Year's Eve countdown show to wish America a happy New Year and share a kiss with his wife.


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Spiderman Has Big Plans For New Years Eve As Sony Look To Promote 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' In Times Square [Video] 4008575 News

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will web-sling it's way on to cinema screens on 2 May (18 April in the UK) in 2014 and as the release date of the much-anticipated sequel to the reboot of the comic book spin off draws nearer, Sony have thought of a novel way to combine New Years Eve with a promotional push for the movie.

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The AS-M2-oriented website ElectroArrives.com was been counting down the minutes to midnight in anticipation for something big for a while now. That something big became a little clearer today when director Marc Webb and Spidey himself appeared on Good Morning America to promote the film and explain the role Spiderman will be playing in New York City's new years celebrations. Not only will Spidey have a part to play in the ball drop counting down to midnight, but the evening will also see the airing of some new scenes from the movie for the first time.

With the Spider-Man story shot in and around New York City, the metropolis plays a huge part in the film and rather inevitably one of the city's most well-known landmarks - Time's Square - appears in the film prominently. Some scenes set in Time Square will air for the first time on New Years Eve, blaring out on the many jumbo-screens scattered around the city district. When appearing on GMA, Webber and Spidey promised big things for the night's entertainment, but hopefully Spider-Man will be more on the ball than he was at the 3 min 50 secs mark in the below video.

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If you don't plan on going to Time's Square to watch the New Years Eve celebrations this evening , then you can tune in to ABC tonight to see all the action unfold on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Alternatively, you could watch the trailer for the new film and hol on until it is released in cinemas to see it in full.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrives in cinemas in the USA on 2 May and on 18 April in the UK.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will web-sling it's way on to cinema screens on 2 May (18 April in the UK) in 2014 and as the release date of the much-anticipated sequel to the reboot of the comic book spin off draws nearer, Sony have thought of a novel way to combine New Years Eve with a promotional push for the movie.

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Spidey (Andrew Garfield) will face off against Electro (Jamie Foxx) and others in the new film

The AS-M2-oriented website ElectroArrives.com was been counting down the minutes to midnight in anticipation for something big for a while now. That something big became a little clearer today when director Marc Webb and Spidey himself appeared on Good Morning America to promote the film and explain the role Spiderman will be playing in New York City's new years celebrations. Not only will Spidey have a part to play in the ball drop counting down to midnight, but the evening will also see the airing of some new scenes from the movie for the first time.

With the Spider-Man story shot in and around New York City, the metropolis plays a huge part in the film and rather inevitably one of the city's most well-known landmarks - Time's Square - appears in the film prominently. Some scenes set in Time Square will air for the first time on New Years Eve, blaring out on the many jumbo-screens scattered around the city district. When appearing on GMA, Webber and Spidey promised big things for the night's entertainment, but hopefully Spider-Man will be more on the ball than he was at the 3 min 50 secs mark in the below video.

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If you don't plan on going to Time's Square to watch the New Years Eve celebrations this evening , then you can tune in to ABC tonight to see all the action unfold on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Alternatively, you could watch the trailer for the new film and hol on until it is released in cinemas to see it in full.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrives in cinemas in the USA on 2 May and on 18 April in the UK.

Watch the trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2
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Ryan Seacrest Hard At Work On First Rockin' Eve Without Dick Clark 3431139 News

ABC’s NYE programming will feature a 2-hour tribute to the late Dick Clark, right before its annual Rockin’ New Year special, hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

"I'd like to say I can imagine how it's going to feel, but I'm not quite sure," says Seacrest, quoted by The Associated Press. "I looked forward so much to each year that I did the show with him."

Seacrest is using the sad fact of Clark’s passing as motivation to make this year’s Rockin’ Eve better than ever in tribute. The presenter is reportedly hard at work, hammering out the “nitty-gritty” around the show, which will air from 8pm on the 31st, up until 2am on New Year’s Day. A host of A-list performance have already been booked, like Carly Rae Jepsen, Neon Trees, Flo Rida and Pitbull. Taylor Swift, who has arguably been one of 2012’s biggest success stories, will fill the headlining slot right before midnight. The show will air live, as usual, from Times Square in New York, but without Clark as a host there will undoubtedly have to be some changes.

"I definitely will say something about him, and it will be from the heart," Seacrest promises. "But the night will be, as he would want, a celebration of what's to come: Dick was always one to say, 'The show must go on.”

ABC’s NYE programming will feature a 2-hour tribute to the late Dick Clark, right before its annual Rockin’ New Year special, hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

"I'd like to say I can imagine how it's going to feel, but I'm not quite sure," says Seacrest, quoted by The Associated Press. "I looked forward so much to each year that I did the show with him."

Seacrest is using the sad fact of Clark’s passing as motivation to make this year’s Rockin’ Eve better than ever in tribute. The presenter is reportedly hard at work, hammering out the “nitty-gritty” around the show, which will air from 8pm on the 31st, up until 2am on New Year’s Day. A host of A-list performance have already been booked, like Carly Rae Jepsen, Neon Trees, Flo Rida and Pitbull. Taylor Swift, who has arguably been one of 2012’s biggest success stories, will fill the headlining slot right before midnight. The show will air live, as usual, from Times Square in New York, but without Clark as a host there will undoubtedly have to be some changes.

"I definitely will say something about him, and it will be from the heart," Seacrest promises. "But the night will be, as he would want, a celebration of what's to come: Dick was always one to say, 'The show must go on.”

29th December 2012 3430934
A Tribute To Dick Clark - Stevie Wonder Leads The Honours At the AMAs 3382832 News

At Sunday night's (November 18) American Music Awards, Stevie Wonder paid tribute to the late Dick Clark, the former presenter of American Bandstand.

Clark passed away in April, aged 82 and Stevie said that he was “Truly honored to have been asked (to pay tribute to the TV star), because that spirit I knew and saw on television was his real spirit in real life. Meeting him as a person was wonderful.”

Wonder went on to play a three-song medley and said “He brought musicians, artists and songwriters of all the various genres together, and we perform in the spirit of music… It's a challenge to Americans and world leaders to do the same.” The singer Tony Orlando once said of Clark “Only God is responsible for making more stars than Dick Clark.” He was responsible for breaking a huge number of American artists through his TV show, such as Buddy Holly and James Brown.

Stevie Wonder is currently working on a new project entitled ‘Ten Billion Hearts,’ Rolling Stone report and the soul legend revealed “I wrote this song, music and melody, when I worked on The Secret Life of Plants, the musical. The song that I wrote didn't make the actual film… But I always had the song and a good melody, so after the earthquake that happened in Japan and the tsunami I just thought, if we all had the spirit of wanting to see the world better, really opening our spirits to that, how all these things we talk about wanting to see would happen. By the end of the century we will have 10 billion people on the planet, and I'm hoping we can really bring people together.” 

Watch Stevie Wonder playing tribute to Dick Clark at the American Music Awards...

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At Sunday night's (November 18) American Music Awards, Stevie Wonder paid tribute to the late Dick Clark, the former presenter of American Bandstand.

Clark passed away in April, aged 82 and Stevie said that he was “Truly honored to have been asked (to pay tribute to the TV star), because that spirit I knew and saw on television was his real spirit in real life. Meeting him as a person was wonderful.”

Wonder went on to play a three-song medley and said “He brought musicians, artists and songwriters of all the various genres together, and we perform in the spirit of music… It's a challenge to Americans and world leaders to do the same.” The singer Tony Orlando once said of Clark “Only God is responsible for making more stars than Dick Clark.” He was responsible for breaking a huge number of American artists through his TV show, such as Buddy Holly and James Brown.

Stevie Wonder is currently working on a new project entitled ‘Ten Billion Hearts,’ Rolling Stone report and the soul legend revealed “I wrote this song, music and melody, when I worked on The Secret Life of Plants, the musical. The song that I wrote didn't make the actual film… But I always had the song and a good melody, so after the earthquake that happened in Japan and the tsunami I just thought, if we all had the spirit of wanting to see the world better, really opening our spirits to that, how all these things we talk about wanting to see would happen. By the end of the century we will have 10 billion people on the planet, and I'm hoping we can really bring people together.” 

Watch Stevie Wonder playing tribute to Dick Clark at the American Music Awards...

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20th November 2012 3365138
Stars go Crazy for Gangnam Style At 40th American Music Awards 3381515 News

The American Music Awards were dominated by one thing, the same thing that's dominated everything for the past few months: Gangnam Style. 

Everyone was begging to get an interview with the song's creator, Korean rapper Psy, who doesn't miss an opportunity to flaunt the dance move that's taken the world by storm. In a video uploaded by ET Online, many of the high profile attendees at the awards were either attempting their own version of Gangnam, or watching in awe as Psy performed with MC Hammer. "20 years ago I saw MC Hammer on the TV in Korea, and he said, you can't touch this, and 20 years later, I can touch him right now," Psy said, to a round of laughter, patting MC Hammer on the back. The pair enjoyed a great performance on stage, well and truly raising the roof as everyone stood up and joined in with the unusual moves. 

The news, perhaps, should have been focussed on the late Dick Clark; the creator of the awards 40 years ago as he tried to offer an alternative to The Grammys. But it was Justin Bieber that dominated proceedings, as he picked up award after award and was seen arm in arm with Selena Gomez. The on again off again couple look to have reconciled, but who can be sure with young love?

The American Music Awards were dominated by one thing, the same thing that's dominated everything for the past few months: Gangnam Style. 

Everyone was begging to get an interview with the song's creator, Korean rapper Psy, who doesn't miss an opportunity to flaunt the dance move that's taken the world by storm. In a video uploaded by ET Online, many of the high profile attendees at the awards were either attempting their own version of Gangnam, or watching in awe as Psy performed with MC Hammer. "20 years ago I saw MC Hammer on the TV in Korea, and he said, you can't touch this, and 20 years later, I can touch him right now," Psy said, to a round of laughter, patting MC Hammer on the back. The pair enjoyed a great performance on stage, well and truly raising the roof as everyone stood up and joined in with the unusual moves. 

The news, perhaps, should have been focussed on the late Dick Clark; the creator of the awards 40 years ago as he tried to offer an alternative to The Grammys. But it was Justin Bieber that dominated proceedings, as he picked up award after award and was seen arm in arm with Selena Gomez. The on again off again couple look to have reconciled, but who can be sure with young love?

20th November 2012 3379194
Stevie Wonder Pays Homage To His Friend Dick Clark 3380978 News

Last night's American Music Awards saw the show's creator, the late Dick Clarke, honoured by Stevie Wonder, as the legendary musician paid tribute to his friend in song, and spoken word. 

"Truly honored to have been asked, because that spirit I knew and saw on television was his real spirit in real life. Meeting him as a person was wonderful," said Wonder to Rolling Stone on the opportunity to perform. "He brought musicians, artists and songwriters of all the various genres together, and we perform in the spirit of music," he said. "It's a challenge to Americans and world leaders to do the same." Ryan Seacrest - who in recent years hosted New Year's Rockin' Eve with Clark - introduced Wonder, first offering up words of admiration for his late friend and peer. "I was in awe of [Clark's] star quality and how completely comfortable he was in front of the camera," Seacrest said. "Even when I got to know him well and count him and his wife Carrie as friends, I never lost that sense of awe." Seacrest said the American Music Awards was a fitting platform on which to honor Clark. "This show, on its 40th anniversary, still reflects Dick's original vision: bringing the top artists on the planet together on an equal stage," Seacrest said. "Dick loved the power of music and its ability to create pure joy. That's why we're going to use music tonight to celebrate the joy of his life."

Dick Clark died aged 82 on April 18, 2012, after suffering a heart attack following surgery to fix an enlarged prostate, a transurethral resection of the prostate.

Last night's American Music Awards saw the show's creator, the late Dick Clarke, honoured by Stevie Wonder, as the legendary musician paid tribute to his friend in song, and spoken word. 

"Truly honored to have been asked, because that spirit I knew and saw on television was his real spirit in real life. Meeting him as a person was wonderful," said Wonder to Rolling Stone on the opportunity to perform. "He brought musicians, artists and songwriters of all the various genres together, and we perform in the spirit of music," he said. "It's a challenge to Americans and world leaders to do the same." Ryan Seacrest - who in recent years hosted New Year's Rockin' Eve with Clark - introduced Wonder, first offering up words of admiration for his late friend and peer. "I was in awe of [Clark's] star quality and how completely comfortable he was in front of the camera," Seacrest said. "Even when I got to know him well and count him and his wife Carrie as friends, I never lost that sense of awe." Seacrest said the American Music Awards was a fitting platform on which to honor Clark. "This show, on its 40th anniversary, still reflects Dick's original vision: bringing the top artists on the planet together on an equal stage," Seacrest said. "Dick loved the power of music and its ability to create pure joy. That's why we're going to use music tonight to celebrate the joy of his life."

Dick Clark died aged 82 on April 18, 2012, after suffering a heart attack following surgery to fix an enlarged prostate, a transurethral resection of the prostate.

19th November 2012 3365138
Taylor Swift To Bring In The New Year For ABC's 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' 3366254 News

Country-pop starlet Taylor Swift will be headlining this years 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' at New York's Times Square, performing live just before the famous glowing ball drops to mark the start of 2013.

The newly single Swift's performance will top off a truly remarkable year for the young singer, as it has seen her go from strength to strength, with her curent album, Red, still performing well in album charts across the globe. This week, the album knocked One Direction's Up All Night from its perch as the second highest selling album of the year, with Adele's 21 still in a very compromising lead.

The annual New Year's Eve music special, aired on ABC television since 1975, was hosted for most of it's duration by legendary TV and music producer Dick Clark who sadly passed away in April this year at age 82. Other than the 2005/06 edition, Clark brought in the new year from Times Square with a host of musical guests, but sadly this year will be the first Clark-less celebration, with co-host Ryan Seacrest taking on full duties for the first time. As such, a two-hour special about the life and career of Clark will be held before the festivities get under way.

Country-pop starlet Taylor Swift will be headlining this years 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' at New York's Times Square, performing live just before the famous glowing ball drops to mark the start of 2013.

The newly single Swift's performance will top off a truly remarkable year for the young singer, as it has seen her go from strength to strength, with her curent album, Red, still performing well in album charts across the globe. This week, the album knocked One Direction's Up All Night from its perch as the second highest selling album of the year, with Adele's 21 still in a very compromising lead.

The annual New Year's Eve music special, aired on ABC television since 1975, was hosted for most of it's duration by legendary TV and music producer Dick Clark who sadly passed away in April this year at age 82. Other than the 2005/06 edition, Clark brought in the new year from Times Square with a host of musical guests, but sadly this year will be the first Clark-less celebration, with co-host Ryan Seacrest taking on full duties for the first time. As such, a two-hour special about the life and career of Clark will be held before the festivities get under way.

10th November 2012 3361290
Justin Bieber Sees In New Year With Selena 2569724 News

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez amazed revellers with their spectacular dancing on New Year's Eve (31.12.11).

The teenage couple reunited at New York nightspot the Glass House after each had performed live on TV shows - 17-year-old Justin on Dick Clark's 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' and his 19-year-old girlfriend on MTV's NYE in NYC broadcast - and wasted no time in getting on to the dance floor.

A source told E! Online: "Justin danced with Selena, showing off, picking her up and swinging her around like it was 'Dancing With the Stars'."

Following his dancefloor exploits, the 'Never Say Never' hitmaker later took over the DJ both, where he played 'Happy New Year', his new song with friend Jaden Smith.

Meanwhile, Justin has now amassed 16 million followers on twitter, making him the second most followed person on the social networking website behind Lady Gaga, who has 17.5 million followers.

He tweeted about reaching the milestone: "2012 is going to be so good. #16millionbeliebers, and I can already tell this year will be as good if not better than 2011."

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez amazed revellers with their spectacular dancing on New Year's Eve (31.12.11).

The teenage couple reunited at New York nightspot the Glass House after each had performed live on TV shows - 17-year-old Justin on Dick Clark's 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' and his 19-year-old girlfriend on MTV's NYE in NYC broadcast - and wasted no time in getting on to the dance floor.

A source told E! Online: "Justin danced with Selena, showing off, picking her up and swinging her around like it was 'Dancing With the Stars'."

Following his dancefloor exploits, the 'Never Say Never' hitmaker later took over the DJ both, where he played 'Happy New Year', his new song with friend Jaden Smith.

Meanwhile, Justin has now amassed 16 million followers on twitter, making him the second most followed person on the social networking website behind Lady Gaga, who has 17.5 million followers.

He tweeted about reaching the milestone: "2012 is going to be so good. #16millionbeliebers, and I can already tell this year will be as good if not better than 2011."

2nd January 2012 2697584
New Film Shines Unflattering Light On Dick Clark 2519470 News A new documentary about the early days of rock and roll portrays Dick Clark as a powerful figure who exploited unknown talent seeking to appear on his American Bandstand program and earned millions from their later success. In an interview with Reuters, independent filmmaker Shawn Swords acknowledged that his film, Wages of Spin, makes Clark out to be "an alpha villain" and reveals "the depth of his avarice and self-enrichment." Swords said he did not seek a response from Clark to the claims by numerous musicians and songwriters about the deals they were forced to make with Clark in order to receive exposure on his program. Clark still shows the effects of a stroke he suffered in 2004 and Swords indicated that his current appearance might draw sympathy. "And the other thing is, I don't think he would be candid. ... He's always been evasive when questioned about his involvement with payola. He's not going to tell you the truth about what happened," Swords said.

25/09/2009 A new documentary about the early days of rock and roll portrays Dick Clark as a powerful figure who exploited unknown talent seeking to appear on his American Bandstand program and earned millions from their later success. In an interview with Reuters, independent filmmaker Shawn Swords acknowledged that his film, Wages of Spin, makes Clark out to be "an alpha villain" and reveals "the depth of his avarice and self-enrichment." Swords said he did not seek a response from Clark to the claims by numerous musicians and songwriters about the deals they were forced to make with Clark in order to receive exposure on his program. Clark still shows the effects of a stroke he suffered in 2004 and Swords indicated that his current appearance might draw sympathy. "And the other thing is, I don't think he would be candid. ... He's always been evasive when questioned about his involvement with payola. He's not going to tell you the truth about what happened," Swords said.

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