Updated: American Bandstand's Dick Clark Dies At 82

What are your favorite Dick Clark memories?

Dick Clark, the beloved entertainer and all-American television host, died today after suffering a massive heart attack, according to ABC News and the Associated Press.

The long-time TV and radio personality and New Year's Rockin' Eve host was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., in 1929, according to ABC News.

Clark attended Mount Vernon High School.

From radio DJ to all-American icon, Clark left many viewers with memories of American television and music. He brought the old-time dance, the Twist, and the early sounds of Elvis into the homes of Americans through his popular "American Bandstand" show.

Ryan Seacrest, American Idol host who took over NYE hosting duties from Clark, said on Twitter today that he is praying for the Clark family and saddened by the loss.

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life," he Tweeted about 30 minutes ago.

What is your favorite Dick Clark moment? Share your sentiments in the comments section below.

William Primavera April 18, 2012 at 08:43 PM
A beloved icon who looked so good for so long. We all pulled for him on New Year's Eve after his stroke. He will be missed.
Lisa Gentes-Hunt (Editor) April 18, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I used to watch NYE every year with him, before the Ryan Seacrest days, and old repeats of Bandstand. A legend that will be missed.
Lisa Buchman (Editor) April 18, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I grew up on American Bandstand - learned to dance the hustle from that show. He was so handsome - even to a pre-teen girl in the 70s.
Mya April 18, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I loved watching American bandstand every day after school I danced along with the regulars on the show and also enjoyed the guest. He will be missed.
Theresa Orsogna April 18, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Loved him in everything! An American icon and teenager (at 82) like me (at 61). Will be very much missed! RIP and thank you! Prayers for peace to his family.
Rick Dowgiallo April 18, 2012 at 09:18 PM
When I was around 16 years old, we took the train to Philly to be part of the show. Suit and tie, short hair and white shirts. We got in and danced like crazy. I'm now 66 and remember the day like it was this morning.
Darlene Snadowsky April 18, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Dick Clarks passing. I too grew up watching American Band Stand and always looked forward to watching the ball drop every New Year's Eve with him. He truly will be missed. Love and prayers to his family and friends.
jay k theise April 18, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Its like a Lighthouse of my past that has gone out..............JKT
John Doe April 18, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Three days ago two soldiers from the Marines and Army were killed in Afganistan but I guess they aren't worth all the media coverage as this true American hero.
Freddie April 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I watched American Bandstand as a teenager. Loved when the guests rated the songs. "It has a great beat and it's easy to dance too" New Year's Rockin Eve will not be the same without Dick Clark. R.I.P Dick Clark "America's Oldest Teenager"
J Rosenfeld April 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM
I remember watching American Bandstand as a small child in the 1950s. The teenagers of that time never failed to give the same critique to a new tune Dick Clark played for their review..."it has a really great beat"!
SPK April 18, 2012 at 10:09 PM
We've lost a music and entertainment legend Best to the Clark family and many friends
Linda LoBasso Pera April 18, 2012 at 10:44 PM
My mother drove me and some friends to Philadelphia when I was only 13 years old to dance on American Bandstand. We saw Del Shannon sing "Runaway" and watched the regulars like Mike Balara and Franie Giordano dance in the "Pony Contest." Meeting Dick Clark and all the "regulars" was a moment I will never forget.
Judy Ellard April 18, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I'll never forget going on American Bandstand & wondering why the studio looked so big on TV when it was very small. Great memories, thanks Dick Clark, you will always have a special place in my heart.
Briar Bagels April 19, 2012 at 03:56 AM
I grew up on Dick Clark. From American Bandstand to his game show Pyramid and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, he always knew how to put on a show. Thanks for the memories!
Ashley Elam April 19, 2012 at 03:22 PM
So sad that he passed away. It will never be New Year's with out him. I loved his strength to battle back from the stroke that nearly took that golden voice. It will be 2012 forever now.
jay k theise April 19, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Dick Clark A lighthouse of my past has gone out
James Marvell April 20, 2012 at 01:22 AM
It was 1969 and I was with the band Mercy. Dick Clark had me on the phone as his audience on American Bandstand was rating our song "Love Can Make You Happy". Dick Clark tells me, "the kids love your song!" The rest was history. Mercy went on to make the Top 10 second only to The Beatles' "Get Back." James Marvell formerly of MERCY See photo from the '60s - http://i560.photobucket.com/albums/ss41/ClassicNews/marvellandmercyforvideorodney_001.jpg


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