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 yesterday, 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.
I loved Dick Clark. He was so instrumental in my career as well as all the other Motown acts and so many others… fb.me/1fDviRFwh
— Smokey Robinson (@smokey_robinson) April 18, 2012
Ann Wilson of Heart was part of the generation who experienced rock and roll on TV via American Bandstand.
Back in the 1960s the pop culture catchphrase was “Never trust anyone over 30”. Dick Clark was trustworthy all the way home. Rock on Sir! AW
— Heart (@officialheart) April 18, 2012
Dick Clark is most closely associated with rock and roll, but standards singer Tony Bennett tweeted that Clark supported his more traditional music.
Dick Clark was a great guy and one of the first people to play my records.He will be missed.
— Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) April 18, 2012
Some of The Jackson 5’s most memorable performances were on American Bandstand. Janet and Jermaine Jackson shared their thoughts on Clark:
Dick Clark changed the face of musical television. He was wonderful to many artists including our family. We will miss him. God bless.
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) April 18, 2012
Dick Clark always came to our dressing pre-show to make sure we were okay and catered for. Big hearted. One-of-a-kind. Will be missed…
— Jermaine Jackson (@jermjackson5) April 18, 2012
R&B singer Anita Baker pointed out that Clark gave a national platform to artists of all genres.
He opened the door wide enough to let ALL the MUSIC come thru. Thank You. Dick Clark …r.i.p.
— Anita Baker (@IAMANITABAKER) April 19, 2012
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.
Me.Mr. C, wht’s 1 fav thing youve collected ovr the yrs? DC. “Beatles walking off plane at JFK 1st time here, I own the door to that plane”
— Carson Daly (@carsonjdaly) April 19, 2012
Television host Tom Bergeron had this to share among his favorite memories of the TV legend.
Fav Dick Clark memory: Merv Griffin, Dick and I measured our heads on live TV (FOX AB) to prove (and we did) that TV Hosts have big noggins!
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) April 18, 2012
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:
GREAT pic of Dick Clark & I when I hosted the American Music Awards. FYI. I’m hiding Evan in my belly. 6 mon pregnant.lockerz.com/s/202516281
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) April 19, 2012
And more thoughtful notes and memories keep coming from those in music and entertainment.
So proud I had the chance to shake hands with Dick Clark in my lifetime… Great man..
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) April 18, 2012
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.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) April 19, 2012
Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. A gentleman. And inspired millions.
— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) April 19, 2012
R.I.P. Dick Clark. Your memory will live on eternally as an incredible legend. twitter.com/MariahCarey/st…
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) April 19, 2012
Today we lost an American legend. Dick Clark shaped television as we know it. I’m gonna miss him.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 19, 2012
Dick Clark was always so kind to me. What a career and what a music fan. May he rest in peace.
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) April 19, 2012
So sad about the passing of Dick Clark- a music icon & gentleman.He is irreplaceable.
— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) April 19, 2012
— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) April 19, 2012
RIP dick clark. a true champion of music.
— matt nathanson (@mattnathanson) April 18, 2012
Dick Clark, you were an American Icon. Sad to say goodbye.
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) April 18, 2012
RIP dick clark, you will be missed. I had the opp to meet him a few times, what a lovely man. #DickClark
— Dave Koz (@justkoz) April 19, 2012
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