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New Year's Eve is the champagne of holidays — potentially explosive, highly pressurized, and if done incorrectly, wrought with the worst headaches imaginable. From Kermit to Casablanca, here are five pop culture benchmarks in honor of the bubbly tempest. Welcome to the new year.
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.