Dick Clark’s American Bandstand began in 1957 and continued until 1989. The program’s mix of lip-synched performances and its “Rate-a-Record” segment captivated teenagers, propelling Clark to fame. Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, the long-running special broadcast that aired on December 31 each year, began in 1972, the show was structured as a countdown to the New Year followed by a musical performance and ran every New Year’s Eve since 1972. The show earned Dick a Peabody Award and propelled him to host his own game show entitled The $10,000 Pyramid the following year. His success on Pyramid won him three Emmy Awards.In 1973, Dick created the American Music Award Show, which showcased the popular trends and performers of the music industry. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s, he created a number of popular game shows, including The Challengers and Greed, and opened up a chain of music-themed restaurants called Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Grill and others located throughout the country.
In 2004, Dick publicly addressed rumors circulating about his health. In an interview with Larry King, the long-time television personality spoke openly about his struggle with type 2 diabetes and the lengths he went to in order to maintain his overall well-being. Shortly after that interview, Dick was hospitalized after suffering a mild stroke. Though he recovered, the man who became the face of New Year’s was not able to host his New Year’s Eve show to welcome 2005. Dick returned to television again the following year after recovery and continued to host the annual New Year’s Eve show until his death. On April 18, 2012, while undergoing a standard outpatient procedure, Dick suffered a heart attack resulting in death. The news of his passing sparked considerable speculation, but Dick’s family and friends revealed that his health had been precarious ever since his 2004 stroke. A determined and motivated man, Dick Clark will continue to be celebrated and recognized for his influence on pop culture and for his unwavering dedication to his audience and fans.