DICK CLARK: More Memories
The memories keep pouring in after the passing of Dick Clark, who died Wednesday in Los Angeles at age 82.
Ace Frehley: "Dick Clark was a giant in the music and television industries and touched so many people's lives. I consider myself lucky to have known him. He'll be greatly missed by millions."
Paul Stanley: "As a little boy, I sat transfixed to our television every afternoon and Saturday night watching American Bandstand. Dick Clark was the face of rock and roll and its best ambassador... He championed KISS when others turned away and was instrumental in breaking us through his show In Concert. Through the years, Dick was always available when I had a question or wanted guidance. Dick Clark was the rare exception who was a bigger person in real life than the public image... I will remember him with great respect and gratitude."
Nikki Sixx: "For so many of us, you set the standard for music, radio and business."
Sharon Osbourne: "So sad about the passing of Dick Clark -- a music icon and gentleman. He is irreplaceable."
Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith: "Very sad to hear about the passing of Dick Clark. We played American Bandstand early in our career. He was great to us. Still appreciate it!"
Joe Perry of Aerosmith: "Sad bout Levon, Dick Clark. Both have huge places in my musical hist. tho came from dif ends of music. black days when legends pass."
Alice Cooper: "I used to come home from elementary school to watch American Bandstand. It had all the new songs, all the new dances, and it had the happiest guy in the world presenting them to you. I had no idea that later in my career I would know Dick Clark on a professional level... And let me just add that nobody loved rock and roll more than Dick Clark."
Blondie drummer Clem Burke: "Dick Clark was a really amazing guy. I think he was a really huge music fan -- that was the impetus for him to start American Bandstand. I know he was a DJ originally, and it was definitely auspicious when we were on the show -- it was kind of during the punk days and he came back to say hello. And I remember the time he was producing a docu-drama on The Beatles, which we were all really impressed [by], because it was kind of early days for all that Beatles nostalgia. But he was great. Dick Clark was great. Long live Dick Clark."
Carly Simon: "I never did American Bandstand, but I certainly remember tuning in as often as my parents would let me and trying to learn the jitterbug from watching the show and all the steps. I think the jitterbug was mainly the one."
Peter Frampton: "He was a music lover, obviously, and was a huge fan of all these acts and was part of promoting them, and right there at the beginning, almost, of rock and roll... He was an institution."
Mike Reno of Loverboy: "After Loverboy completed its first album in early 1980, we took a quick vacation to Mexico. After being there for only three days, we got a call from (our manager) Bruce Allen, who told me to get the guys together and fly to Los Angeles as soon as possible because Dick Clark wanted Loverboy on American Bandstand on Saturday... Our lives were never the same. Overnight success... We got to know Dick pretty well over the years. He was a really wonderful guy and will be greatly missed."