Dick Clark, the music industry maverick, longtime TV host and powerhouse producer who changed the way we listened to pop music with American Bandstand, and whose trademark Rockin’ Eve became a fixture of New Year’s celebrations, died Apr. 18 at the age of 82, ABC News has learned.
Clark had continued doing his job even after suffering a stroke in 2004 that left him with difficulty speaking and walking. Long dubbed “the oldest teenager in the world” because of his youthful appearance, Clark was also a successful businessman. His show American Bandstand was one of the series have had the greatest longevity of American television, having aired on ABC from 1957 to 1987.