One year ago, Dick Clark's death made us wonder if the end-of-the-world predictions really were true. The world didn't end, of course, but it's a little less bright without “the world's oldest teenager”… and we're remembering him today. Originally published April 2012.
No matter how old or young you are, your pop culture has probably included Dick Clark in a prominent role. His iconic rock 'n' roll TV show, American Bandstand, ran for decades – and when it was done, Dick Clark wasn't. He stayed in the game with TV specials like Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, radio shows like "Rock, Roll & Remember," a chain of rock 'n' roll-themed restaurants, and much more.
In this Feb. 3, 1959 file photo, Dick Clark selects a record in his station library in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/File)
But it's American Bandstand we love best… and it's where we can best see how little Dick Clark changed over the years. Some laughed at his ever-youthful appearance, dubbing him "the world's oldest teenager," but over the course of four decades, he just kept on looking great – and loving pop music and culture. Here he is on Bandstand: one clip for each decade from the 1950s through the '80s.
1958: Dick Clark introduces Link Wray
1969: Dick Clark interviews Stevie Wonder
1976: An interview with John Travolta
1986: All eight of The Jets chat with Dick Clark
Clark died one year ago today, but he remains timeless for us. Thanks, Dick Clark, for bringing us great music for all those years.
Written by Linnea Crowther