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Just two months after the death of Soul Train‘s Don Cornelius, music has lost another of its legendary TV ambassadors: Dick Clark. Clark died of a heart attack today at age 82, leaving behind a powerful legacy, including a successful production company, years of hosting New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and various game shows, and of course, his crowning achievement, his four decades as host and producer of the performance series American Bandstand.
For a show with such a patriotic title, Bandstand embraced the various British Invasions of popular music – from the ’60s psychedelia to New Wave – as shown in the 17 clips below. There are some great moments here, notably John Lydon‘s menacing, calmly anarchic performance performance with Public Image Ltd., but the star is Clark, one of TV’s most amiable, quick-witted interviewers and the prototype for every Bob Costas and Ryan Seacrest that came in his wake. R.I.P. Mr. Clark.
Pink Floyd (with Syd Barrett – 1967)
A young Robert Palmer (1978!!!)
The legendary, completely bonkers Public Image Ltd. performance (1980)
Adam and the Ants (1981)
The Animals (1983)
Def Leppard (1983)
Tears For Fears (1985)
Thompson Twins (1985)
Paul Young (1985)
Alison Moyet (1985)
Scritti Politti (1985)
Culture Club (1986)
Electric Light Orchestra (1986)
Peter Frampton (1986)
Julian Lennon (1986)
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Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.