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Is Pop Music and the Top-40 A Type of Sport?

DICK CLARK

He came in back in the ‘50s. Dick Clark(1929-2012) was an American radio and television personality best known for hosting television's longest-running variety show in the USA, American Bandstand, from 1957 to 1987. The program took off in the late 1950s when I had no TV, was in love with sport and girls and joined the Baha’i Faith in a little town in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe.

Clark also hosted the game show Pyramid and Dick Clark's New Year’s Rockin' Eve which transmitted Times Square’s New Year's Eve celebrations worldwide, but by then I was at university, still without a TV; then I lived on Baffin Island where no one had a TV and, finally, I moved to Australia by the 1970s. The Antipodes were about as far away from American Bandstand as one could get and still be on the same planet.-Ron Price with thanks to Wikipedia, 3 September 2012.

Singer Paul Anka said that Bandstand
helped to create the first youth culture
that I grew-up in during the 50s & ‘60s.

Due to his youthful appearance Clark
was seen as America's oldest teenager.
In 1973 he created and produced the
annual American Music Awards show.

By ’73 I was living in Australia far, far
from that TV world I had known in the
‘50s before mother sold our television.

In 1959 on This Is Your Life, the year
I joined the Baha’i Faith, they called
you America’s youngest star-maker.

Bandstand had a 50 million audience,
little did I know with no TV, my heart
full of sport, schoolwork and the often
unrequited love for girls….I heard last
night you died over 4 months ago, Dick,
although I must say you had already dis-
appeared from my life at some time in
those late 1950s while birds flew over
Akka and a new music from the Siyah-
Chal rose-up flooding the earth, growing
with the felicity of its fresh-cool Godsong.1

The song back then was faint to my ears
as the Yankees and the Indians got to the
world series and Toronto and Montreal
skated in the NHL every winter while I
played hockey & baseball with all my
heart and soul near old Lake Ontario.

1 Roger White, “New Song”, Another Song Another Season, George Ronald, Oxford, 1979, pp.116-118.

Ron Price
3 September 2012
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