Entertainer Milton Berle, once known as "Mr. Television," left, jokes with Emmy Awards' executive producer Dick Clark during a rehersal of the show at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, in Pasadena, Calif.. The 48th annual Emmy Awards show takes place Sunday, Sept. 8. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
We've included audio of KPCC's Steve Julian interviewing Dion Dimucci of "Dion and the Belmonts" fame about working with Dick Clark in "American Bandstand."
Dick Clark has died at 82 following a "massive heart attack," said his spokesman Paul Shefrin in a statement on Wednesday, according to ABC News and TMZ. Shefrin said the entertainment pioneer died at Saint John's hospital in Santa Monica, where he had gone the day before for an outpatient procedure.
The television host, producer and pop music messenger -- whose longtime boyish looks earned him the nickname the "world's oldest teenager" -- is most famous for his contributions to American Bandstand and his trademark Rockin' New Year's Eve broadcasts.
Clark's storied entertainment career began in the mailroom of his local radio station and grew to include game shows, award shows and specials. A long-time entertainment fixture, Clark suffered a stroke in 2004 that left him struggling to speak and partially paralyzed.
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Whitney Houston performs at the pre-Grammy gala on Feb. 13, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Whitney Houston, the multi-Grammy winning singer, has died, according to the Associated Press.
Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the pop star of the '80s and '90s had died, however the cause or her location were unclear.
Houston, who was married to pop singer Bobby Brown, reeled off a collection of hits in the '80s like "How Will I Know," and ''Saving All My Love for You". One of her biggest sellers was in the '90s the Dolly Parton penned "I Will Always Love You." from the film "The Bodyguard," in which she starred.
In 1991 before Super Bowl XXV, Houston sang the "Star Spangled Banner", a rendition that was hugely popular and was a hit single. Ten years later after the terrorist attacks of September 11, the single was re-released and skyrocketed to number 6 on the pop charts.