Memories of Dick Clark Continue Pour In

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Musicians and entertainers from all genres and generations are sharing their sadness over the passing of legendary radio and television personality Dick Clark. Since his passing Wednesday, heartfelt tweets have continued to appear in his honor.

Smokey Robinson, who was a co-founder, Vice President and artist on Motown Records, gives credit to Clark’s American Bandstand for helping him and several Motown acts gain national notoriety.

Ann Wilson of Heart was part of the generation who experienced rock and roll on TV via American Bandstand.

Dick Clark is most closely associated with rock and roll, but standards singer Tony Bennett tweeted that Clark supported his more traditional music.

Some of The Jackson 5’s most memorable performances were on American Bandstand. Janet and Jermaine Jackson shared their thoughts on Clark:

R&B singer Anita Baker pointed out that Clark gave a national platform to artists of all genres.

A number of broadcasters also put forth their respect to the man who revolutionized the profession. Caron Daly, who was close with Clark, said upon his passing, “We lost an icon today. I will always cherish the personal time we had together. I am forever indebted to Dick Clark and his legacy. My heart goes out to his family.”

He also tweeted one of his favorite memories this morning.

Television host Tom Bergeron had this to share among his favorite memories of the TV legend.

Jenny McCarthy, who has hosted The American Music Awards and was a Times Square correspondant for New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, remembers this funny moment:

And more thoughtful notes and memories keep coming from those in music and entertainment.

Finally, President Obama offered the following statement yesterday: “Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Dick Clark. With American Bandstand, he introduced decades’ worth of viewers to the music of our times. He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer. And, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year. But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel — as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was. As we say a final ‘so long’ to Dick Clark, America’s oldest teenager, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends — which number far more than he knew.”

– Heather Stas and Brian Ives, CBS Local

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