Dick Clark dies

The seemingly ageless Dick Clark passed away.  He was 82.  Through radio, the long-lived TV dance show “American Bandstand,” his New Year’s Eve specials, and as an overall music impresario, Clark presided over practically the whole gamut of American pop music, from the very beginnings of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the 1950s through today’s rap music. Here is a good survey of his life and career:  Dick Clark of ‘American Bandstand’ fame dies at 82 – latimes.com.

“American Bandstand” introduced rock ‘n’ roll to the teen-aged masses.  I liked the part where he would play a new song for a couple to rate.  Whereupon we would often get this critical analysis:  “It’s got a good beat. It’s easy to dance to.”

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    There will be no more New Years. I cannot imagine New Years without Dick Clark!

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    There will be no more New Years. I cannot imagine New Years without Dick Clark!

  • Mockingbird

    Perhaps Dick Clark knew something about the Mayan calendar that we do not.

  • Mockingbird

    Perhaps Dick Clark knew something about the Mayan calendar that we do not.

  • Helen K

    Another significant homegoing to report. Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries and author of several books. American Evangelical. The only place I’ve read of his death was a notice on Dr. James Dobson’s FB page last night. I am more familiar with Charles Colson than Dick Clark to tell the truth, although I grew up in the time of American Bandstand. Not having TV in our home while in high school, I never saw the program. Prayers to both of their families.

  • Helen K

    Another significant homegoing to report. Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries and author of several books. American Evangelical. The only place I’ve read of his death was a notice on Dr. James Dobson’s FB page last night. I am more familiar with Charles Colson than Dick Clark to tell the truth, although I grew up in the time of American Bandstand. Not having TV in our home while in high school, I never saw the program. Prayers to both of their families.

  • Michael B.

    I would love it to become a meme wherein every obituary, there was a small, random paragraph saying something like:

    “According to friends, the deceased was saved, and is therefore now in the hands of Jesus”.

    Or:

    “Regretfully, we have no evidence that the departed ever accepted Jesus as his savior.”

  • Michael B.

    I would love it to become a meme wherein every obituary, there was a small, random paragraph saying something like:

    “According to friends, the deceased was saved, and is therefore now in the hands of Jesus”.

    Or:

    “Regretfully, we have no evidence that the departed ever accepted Jesus as his savior.”

  • Helen K

    @Michael B. I guess this could be a great evangelistic tool but I’d bet there would be tons of compaints. Lots of folks would take “offense”. It must be very difficult for a pastor to conduct a funeral service for an unbeliever (as far as is known).

    I spoke too soon of Chuck Colson. Unless something has changed, the notice of his death was premature. My prayers continue for him and his family.

  • Helen K

    @Michael B. I guess this could be a great evangelistic tool but I’d bet there would be tons of compaints. Lots of folks would take “offense”. It must be very difficult for a pastor to conduct a funeral service for an unbeliever (as far as is known).

    I spoke too soon of Chuck Colson. Unless something has changed, the notice of his death was premature. My prayers continue for him and his family.

  • Jerry Brown

    He is definitely “ageless” now.

  • Jerry Brown

    He is definitely “ageless” now.


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