Television legend Dick Clark passed away Wednesday (April 18) at the age of 82 and the remembrances have come pouring in. “Today” did a segment at the top of the show about Clark, with Chubby Checker and Ryan Seacrest talking about his legacy (video, above).
Meanwhile, the statements, Tweets and Facebook messages from celebrities are everywhere honoring the late “American Bandstand” host. Here are just a handful of what we’ve seen:
“REST IN PEACE to the DICK CLARK!! U were pioneer n a good man!! Thank u sir” – Snoop Dogg
“Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!” – Joan Rivers
“You may remember Dick Clark as the world’s oldest living teenager. I’ll remember him as the man who beat me in a pushup contest — he was 74.” – Danny Bonaduce
“Dick Clark changed the face of musical television. He was wonderful to many artists including our family. We will miss him. God bless.” – Janet Jackson
“This is a sad day. He was a dear friend, supporting me and my music for all of my years in the business. A great businessman and a true gentleman. An inspiration. My heart is so heavy now.” – Barry Manilow
“Rest in Peace my good friend Dick Clark. A pioneer who’s mark on American culture will be felt forever.” – Quincy Jones
“I loved Dick Clark. He was so instrumental in my career as well as all the other Motown acts and so many others in the recording business. Good bye my friend, rest in peace.” – Smokey Robinson.
“Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Dick Clark. With ‘American Bandstand,’ he introduced decades’ worth of viewers to the music of our times. He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer. And, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year. But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel — as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was. As we say a final ‘so long’ to Dick Clark, America’s oldest teenager, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends — which number far more than he knew.” – President Barack Obama.
“Not 2 many people actually deserve the term “legend”, Dick Clark
embodied it & never lost his humility or humanity. We will miss
him!” – Gloria Estefan
“I’m one of the lucky people who can say that I knew Dick Clark personally. Dick produced almost every awards show I was on during the 80s, and he constantly encouraged me toward success. He will be missed by everyone — especially by those who knew him well.” – Kenny Rogers.
“Only God is responsible for making more stars than Dick Clark … I just want the world to know how much I loved him, how much I cared about him. He’s been a part of everybody’s life.” – Tony Orlando.
“Dick Clark was a true pioneer who revolutionized the way we listened to and consumed music. Before ‘American Idol,’ ‘X Factor’ and ‘The Voice,’ even before MTV, it was ‘American Bandstand,’ which brought the most popular music of the day straight to the nation’s living rooms. Many artists made their debut on the Bandstand stage, and for generations he steadfastly welcomed millions of fans to his celebrations of the best of contemporary music. For me he ranks right up there with the giants of our business.” – Clive Davis.
“Dick Clark’s profound contributions to music, television and popular culture will reverberate throughout time. R.I.P. Mr. American Bandstand.” – L.A. Reid, music producer
“Dick’s understated yet omnipresent personality created a new media format. With an understated on-air presence, he made the kids and their music the stars of the show. His genius was in his ability to use the power of television to help define how American teenagers saw themselves. Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand’ spread the gospel of American pop music and teenage style that transcended the regional boundaries of our country and united a youth culture that eventually spread its message throughout the entire world. With his passing, Dick Clark deserves to take his place at the top in the pantheon of popular culture icons.” – John Oates of Hall & Oates.
“Back in the 1960s the pop culture catch-phrase was ‘Never trust anyone
over 30.’ Dick Clark was trustworthy all the way home. Rock on Sir!” –
Ann Wilson of Heart
“I considered Dick to be my dearest friend in this business, a friendship that has endured since 1958. He was there for every crisis of my life and there were many. Without Dick Clark there would have been no career because I was ready to abandon it. Dick was the most principled man I ever met in this business and treated everyone the same way, even if you were the little guy.” – Connie Francis.
“Very saddened about the loss of Dick Clark. We hosted the very first Rockin’ New Year’s Eve; truly honored to have worked with him.” – Three Dog Night