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(From Guardian Unlimited)
With American Bandstand, Dick Clark emerged as a pioneering rock'n'roll hit maker and annointer of kings. Elvis Presley, Madonna, Barry Manilow, the Jacksons, ABBA -- all appeared on the show at some point during its massive run.
Great balls of fire
Here is Clark in 1958 introducing Jerry Lee Lewis in a scorching performance that needed no assistance.
In 1959, he was a special surprise guest on This is Your Life. Guests included Dick's parents, Richard and Julia Clark, from Utica, New York. Dick's father discusses the death of Dick's older brother, Brad Clark, in World War II.