From Our Files: Dick Clark 1986 Interview, ‘Guru of pop compares three decades of rockin’ teens’
Photo: Dick Clark hosted the New Year’s Eve special from New York’s Times Square, in an undated photo. (Donna Svennevik / ABC)
Dick Clark, television personality and producer, entrepreneur and music enthusiast, was affectionately known as ‘America’s Oldest Teenager.’ Millions of teenagers grew up watching ‘American Bandstand,’ which Clark hosted from 1957 - 1989, and began the New Year for forty years with Clark, and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.’ ‘American Bandstand’ propelled many musicians’ careers, as well as the pop music industry.
Clark, who died yesterday, was interviewed by the Monitor in 1986, where he spoke about generations, musical styles, racial integration, and what kept him motivated.
Read the full interview here.