On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, the entertainment industry lost a true icon. 82 year-old Dick Clark, popular radio and television personality died of a heart attack following a minor surgery. Known for his youthful appearance, kind manner and long list of radio and television projects, including American Bandstand, the $10,000 Pyramid game show, TV Bloopers & Practical Jokes and Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve, Dick Clark’s legacy is firmly rooted in the hearts and memories of millions of people worldwide.
Country music artists and industry professionals are among the many mourning the loss of Dick Clark. The country music genre was greatly affected by his life and passion for entertainment. Dick Clark’s support of the country music genre dates back to his first television job, hosting a local country music show. Later, Dick Clark became the host of the Academy of Country Music Awards, a production that is still running 43 years after his initial involvement and has now become one of the most respected awards presentations in the country music industry. After playing the role of host four times in the early days of the ACM Awards in the 1960s, Dick Clark transitioned into the position of producer, where he remained well into the latter part of the 20th century.
Dick Clark’s life and contributions to the entertainment world are being remembered and celebrated as news of his passing spreads. Several country music artists and others involved in the promotion of the genre took to Twitter, Facebook and web pages to express their thoughts:
Reba McEntire @reba
April 18, 2012I will truly miss Dick Clark. My thoughts and prayers go out to Rac, Kari and the whole Clark family. Rest in peace, Dick. You deserve it.
April 18, 2012 Had a good time in Louisville tonight and enjoyed the show. But… The best show in the universe tonight is DICK CLARK’S “HEAVEN BANDSTAND”!!! RIP MR. CLARK.
Grand Ole Opry @opry
Dick Clark, a true entertainment icon who will never be forgotten. Thoughts with his loved ones at this difficult time.
Brad Paisley @BradPaisley
My heart goes out to Dick Clark’s family.What a life.Thank you for all you did, and your friendship. Now go get the music rockin’ in heaven.
Little Big Town @LBTmusic
April 18, 2012 To one of the greatest legends of our generation. When we think of music & celebrations, we think of you. Thank you for what you gave us all. We love you, Dick Clark.
Trisha Yearwood @TYcom
Sending love and strength to the Dick Clark family. He was not only a legacy in the entertainment industry, but a really nice guy. We miss you. Rest in peace.
Chuck Wicks @chuckwicksmusic
May you rest in peace Dick Clark.
Blake Shelton @blakeshelton
So proud I had the chance to shake hands with Dick Clark in my lifetime… Great man..
Toby Keith @TobyKeithMusic
R.I.P. Dick Clark – Team Toby
Thompson Square @thompsonsquare
Thanks Dick Clark for all the wonderful memories from my childhood watching American Bandstand! #RIPDICKCLARK Shawna
Thompson Square @thompsonsquare
So sad to hear of Dick Clark’s passing. #dickclark
Country Weekly @countryweekly
Rest in Peace Dick Clark!
Charlie Daniels @CharlieDaniels
The CDB regrets the loss of our friend Dick Clark who we had the honor of working with many times. Nobody did TV like Dick. Rest In Peace.
Jay DeMarcus @JayDeMarcus
Dick Clark. What is there to say… You’ve done it all, rest in peace….
Josh Gracin @joshgracin
RIP Mr. Dick Clark thanks for your love and devotion to music. You sir have influenced many lives through the power of music.
So sad to hear about the passing of the legend Dick Clark. He will truly be missed! My heart goes out to his family.
RIP, Dick Clark. New Year’s Eve will never be the same…
Furthermore, Academy of Country Music CEO, Bob Romeo issued this statement via the ACM website and Facebook page:
“Dick Clark’s dedication to the world of music—and the country format in particular—helped raise the profile of the Academy of Country Music, beginning with him hosting the Awards in 1969 and later, as our Executive Producer… He was an energetic leader in establishing the Academy as a television presence and helped expand the reach of the genre overall, always bringing new talent to the viewers he loved so much. We are proud that his lasting legacy continues four decades later, with his son, R.A. Clark, producing our Awards. He will be greatly missed.”
Dick Clark’s life impacted generations of people. Though each age group is warmed by different memories of him, all who remember Dick Clark will do so fondly. His legacy is woven into memories of dancing, singing, chatting, celebrating, joking, laughing and most of all, smiling. Dick Clark’s infectious happiness will remain with family, friends and fans until they see him again, but in Dick Clark’s own words, “For now, Dick Clark…so long.”