Television icon Dick Clark’s legacy encompasses more than “American Bandstand.” The nation’s "oldest teenager" had his hands in a variety of projects. Some may be familiar, but others aren’t readily associated with the late disc jockey. See just how far his influence reached:
It’s the show that made Clark a household name. “American Bandstand” is the precursor to MTV’s “TRL” and YouTube discoveries. Clark took this local, Philadelphia music show and made it a national launching pad for the industry’s next big thing.
“So You Think You Can Dance”
You may know “SYTYCD” as the reality show that showcases people who could dance you under the table. But are you aware of its association with Clark? A sort of “American Idol” for wannabe professional dancers, the show debuted in 2005. It was created by Dick Clark Productions and 19 Entertainment.
“Donny & Marie” talk show
The short-lived chat fest that ran from 1998 until 2000 and served as a vehicle for the most famous Osmond siblings was a Dick Clark production.
American Music Awards
The award show with the prism-like trophy is all about honoring the day’s most-loved musicians. It’s a thermometer of what's hot in the music industry and this year it gave us yet another snapshot of Taylor Swift’s “OMG you-really-love-me” face.
For a decade, the juggernaut that is “American Idol” has dominated pop culture and it made Ryan Seacrest a star. But, Seacrest’s stardom couldn’t have happened without Clark. While “Idol” isn’t in Clark’s production wheelhouse, the TV legend did serve as Seacrest’s mentor.
“He taught me how to do television, I studied him as a kid and I had the fortunate opportunity to work with him for several years on ‘New Years Eve,’” Seacrest said Wednesday on “Idol.”
“Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve”
It’s difficult to say how the nation rang in the New Year before 1972. But 40 years ago, Clark made his annual bash appointment-television for millions seeking the excitement of New Year’s in Times Square without having to leave home.
The Golden Globes
Clark’s production company orchestrates the yearly thespian-centered awards show -- just one of three Dick Clark Productions puts on; The AMAs and the Academy of Country Music Awards are the others.
It was a simpler time, when $10,000 was a lot of money. Clark hosted the “$10,000 Pyramid” game show, in which contestants and celebrity partners tried to guess words from clues. Clark helmed the show from 1973 until 1988, and saw the pot grow from $10,000 to $25,000.