Spokesman Paul Shefrin said the "American Bandstand" creator had a heart attack Wednesday morning at Saint John's hospital in Santa Monica, a day after he was admitted for an outpatient procedure. Long dubbed "the world's oldest teenager" because of his boyish appearance, Clark bridged the rebellious new music scene and traditional show business, and was equally comfortable whether chatting about music with Sam Cooke or bantering with Ed McMahon about TV bloopers. He thrived as the founder of Dick Clark Productions, supplying movies, game and music shows, beauty contests and more to TV. For a time in the s, he had shows on all three networks and was listed among the Forbes of wealthiest Americans. Clark also was part of radio as partner in the United Stations Radio Networks, which provided programs - including Clark's - to thousands of stations. People come up to me and say, 'I love your show,' and I have no idea which one they're talking about.
American radio and television personality frequently called "the oldest living teenager," also noted as a television producer and film actor, as well as a cultural icon. Dick Clark introduced three generations to pop music, running the gamut from Elvis Presley to Madonna, as the host on the television show "American Bandstand. Clark, one of two sons of a cosmetic salesman and a homemaker, grew up in Mount Vernon, New York and demonstrated his talent for being in the center of a social whirlwind from his earliest days. At age five he published a neighborhood gossip sheet and sold it for two cents a copy.
For almost 40 years, Soul Train took viewers on a funky, melodic, and exuberant ride every Saturday morning. The show, when it first broke out onto a national stage, signified the turn of one era of television to another. The end of the s saw the conclusions of television shows such as The Andy Griffith Show , Petticoat Junction , and other conservative and white sitcoms that did not express the tectonic cultural shift of the decade.