One of the many ways that Dick Clark is most remembered for his pop culture influence. Clark and American Bandstand brought rock n’ roll into people’s homes in its early days (the show debuted in 1957), and became a cultural touchpoint for millions of teens across the country who learned about new dances, new acts, and cool clothes through the program.
E! has a top ten list of ways that Dick Clark and his TV shows inspired other TV shows that have now become staples. TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes! How many people totally forgot about that? From top ten lists, to music programs (like Soul Train, which was pioneering in its own way), game shows, and New Year’s Eve, Dick Clark played a role in all of it.
The New York Times has a comprehensive obituary that covers Dick Clark’s career, which, by extension, covers the evolution of pop culture. After the jump, Dick Clark’s big first interview with Madonna.