Very few people have had as much of a hand at exposing generation upon generation to the world or Rock & Roll Music. Dick Clark enabled a young generation to see the music they loved, no just listen to it on the radio. His American Bandstand launched the careers of individuals and groups alike that would go on to superstardom. At a time when racial unrest was in full swing, Dick went out of his way to give equal time to all races. For him it was the music and only the music. With Dick the only discrimination was if you were good. From the Jackson Five to the Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Otis Reading, etc etc etc. He jump started careers that may never have gotten the opportunity if it wasn’t for his support and exposure on American Bandstand. For that, we all owe him a debt of gratitude. As does MTV for paving the way.
Over my 40 some years of being in the antique iron bed business here in the Los Angeles area, I’ve been fortunate to have met and made customers of some of the more iconic celebrities in the entertainment industry. It wasn’t until just recently, within the past 5 years, that I had the distinct pleasure of selling numerous beds to Kari and Dick Clark for one of their Malibu homes. I found them both to not only be knowledgeable but also very inquisitive and interested in the history behind the iron beds they’d gotten from me. They were both very accommodating and offered on numerous occasions to allow me to photograph the beds after they had been installed and decorated with linens etc. I thank them for their continued kindness throughout the years.
You will be greatly missed Dick…… but never forgotten.
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