I never said I was elated he passed. I can be a d*ckhead sometimes but I'm not that harsh. I was misunderstood with my statement. I in fact liked Dick Clark. I watched Amercian Bandstand as a young boy too. The simple fact is, he didn't make my New Years Eve's any better. That's all.
I watched American Bandstand during the 50's, up to the mid 60's. It came on around 4PM and was fun to watch after getting home from school.
After the English Invasion, there were all kinds of music shows like AB in the evening(prime time) and the market got saturated and I lost interest.
I think AB "jumped the shark" for me when Lou Christie sang "Lightin Strikes" while dressed in a Batman costume. As I recall he was in a harness, suspended in the air.
Dick Clark also had a show on during the summer in the mid 60's, when the kids were out of school, sorta like AB at the beach, but danged if I can remember the name of the show. "Where The Action Is" ???
Rick..Where the Action Is.... correct! Paul Revere and the Raiders use to be on it constantly. In Summer of 1966 (before my war) I saw the Dick Clark Calvacade of Stars at the Chicago McCormick Place. Paul Revere and the Raiders, Byrds, We Five, Lovin Spoonfulls, Turtles, all MC'd by Dick Clark. Each band sang about 3 songs. I was an innocent chubby kid from Northern Indiana. That would all change in 10 months while in Southeast Asia.