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America’s Teenager….Dick Clark Dies at 82

Host and TV producer Dick Clark has died. He was 82.

Spokesman Paul Shefrin said the “American Bandstand” creator had a heart attack Wednesday morning at Saint John’s hospital in Santa Monica, a day after he was admitted for an outpatient procedure.
Long dubbed “the world’s oldest teenager” because of his boyish appearance, Clark bridged the rebellious new music scene and traditional show business, and was equally comfortable whether chatting about music with Sam Cooke or bantering with Ed McMahon about TV bloopers. He thrived as the founder of Dick Clark Productions, supplying movies, game and music shows, beauty contests and more to TV. Among his credits: “The $25,000 Pyramid,” “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes” and the American Music Awards.
For a time in the 1980s, he had shows on all three networks and was listed among the Forbes 400 of wealthiest Americans. Clark also was part of radio as partner in the United Stations Radio Networks, which provided programs – including Clark’s – to thousands of stations.

“There’s hardly any segment of the population that doesn’t see what I do,” Clark told The Associated Press in a 1985 interview.

“It can be embarrassing. People come up to me and say, ‘I love your show,’ and I have no idea which one they’re talking about.”

The original “American Bandstand” was one of network TV’s longest-running series as part of ABC’s daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987. It later aired for a year in syndication and briefly on the USA Network. Over the years, it introduced stars ranging from Buddy Holly to Madonna. The show’s status as an American cultural institution was solidified when Clark donated Bandstand’s original podium and backdrop to the Smithsonian Institution.

Clark joined “Bandstand” in 1956 after Bob Horn, who’d been the host since its 1952 debut, was fired. Under Clark’s guidance, it went from a local Philadelphia show to a national phenomenon.

“I played records, the kids danced, and America watched,” was how Clark once described the series’ simplicity. In his 1958 hit “Sweet Little Sixteen,” Chuck Berry sang that “they’ll be rocking on Bandstand, Philadelphia, P-A.”

As a host, he had the smooth delivery of a seasoned radio announcer. As a producer, he had an ear for a hit record. He also knew how to make wary adults welcome this odd new breed of music in their homes. (CBS News)

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Eric Roberson “At The Same Time”

GRAMMY-nominated singer and songwriter Eric Roberson has released a follow up single off of Mister Nice Guy, entitled “At The Same Time.” The song was produced by Aaron Hardin, who also produced “Picture Perfect.”

“I’m elated about transitioning to this part of the album. I feel everyone who hears this, will be able to identify with it. We’ve all experienced being in and being loved but sometimes not at the same time”. -Eric Roberson

This week, Roberson released the official music video for “At The Same Time” which can be viewed here.

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Being Bilal

This is definitely a treat for his fans… One of the best soul singers of our time is staring in a reality show… Well its a short film which offers a glimpse into the life of Bilal Oliver…Its called “Being Bilal” and It was filmed in Atlanta by Roni Nicole. Moving Pictures www.RoniNicole.com ENJOY!

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