|Auld Lang Syne | New Year’s Eve 2012/2013
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Posted: December 31, 2012
by Ted Greenberg
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All eyes will be on New York City, my beloved hometown, as the crystal ball drops in Times Square at the stroke of midnight. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Happy New Year. The cheers will sound around the country, but one person will be sorely missed. “America’s Oldest Teenager” and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Host Dick Clark passed away in April. Adored by millions for decades, Clark’s cheery demeanor was the perfect welcome to greet the hope of a new year.
After his stroke in 2004, Clark had a limited role on the special (even missing 2004 into 2005 to recover), but seeing him on TV reminded everyone of the great music he introduced to America through his thirty year gig hosting American Bandstand. The program served as the TV launching pad for many bands that went on to huge fame and fortune. Ever heard of Talking Heads, Ike and Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson or Stevie Wonder? They all debuted on the cultural juggernaut. And Madonna‘s post-performance interview on the show is a classic (see below).
American Bandstand was significant in other ways. According to Clark’s Wikipedia page also bridged the country’s racial divide in the 1960s. The program presented artists of all colors and the audience was not segregated in a time when it was sadly the norm to do so. Breaking down barriers and bringing people together. The arts are great at accomplishing both those things.
So a tip of the cap to you Mr. Dick Clark. Tonight is a reminder that you are missed. As well as a call to celebrate the joy you brought to the world on New Year’s Eve and from 1957 to 1987 with your seminal TV show.
And, to all my fans, friends and fellow comedians, here’s to a great 2013! Looking forward to sharing my resolutions for the New Year with you later this week. Until then, best wishes for a safe and happy New Years Eve.
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