Dick Clark, the music industry maverick, longtime TV host and powerhouse producer who changed the way we listened to pop music with American Bandstand, and whose trademark Rockin' Eve became a fixture of New Year's celebrations, died Apr. 18 at the age of 82, ABC News has learned.
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Dick Clark, shown July 1,1960, hosts 'The Dick Clark Show' and 'American Bandstand,' both featuring the most popular pop music, songs and stars. (AP Photo)
Television disc jockey Dick Clark is seen surrounded by teen age fans in 1957, during a broadcast. (AP Photo)
Dick Clark selects a 45-record in his station record library in Philadelphia, Pa. on Feb. 3, 1959. The 29-year-old disc-jockey and television personality presents dance records on American Bandstand, a televised dance show devoted to young people and their music. (AP Photo)
The Clark's son Richard, 3 1/2, wins over the television screen in getting attention from his parents, Dick Clark and Barbara Mallery in their recently purchased suburban home near Philadelphia, Pa., July 26, 1960. (AP Photo)
The 50s and 60s come alive again as Dick Clark presents the Rock and Roll Years -- a musical portrait of that era- on the ABC television network in a series of five specials, 1973. (AP Photo/ABC-TV)
Dick Clark hosting game show $20,000 Pyramid, Dec. 28, 1976. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
FILE - This March 8, 1982 file photo shows Dick Clark. Clark, the television host who helped bring rock `n' roll into the mainstream on \"American Bandstand,\" died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 of a heart attack. He was 82. (AP Photo/file)
Gov. Ray Blanton of Tennessee poses with singers Johnny Cash and wife June Carter Cash after presenting a trophy to Cash for outstanding contributions to musical entertainment, during the American Music Awards, Feb. 1, 1977 in Los Angeles. The Cash's young son John Carter Cash, holds the award. Television personality Dick Clark looks on at right. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Host of TV's "American Bandstand," Dick Clark, poses during a 1986 Los Angeles, California, photo portrait session. Clark heads a successful TV production company and hosts the annual "Rockin' New Year's Eve" show live from New York's Times Square. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
Producer Dick Clark (C) hams it up with the Backstreet Boys in an undated publicity photo from the set of "Dick Clark's New Years's Rockin' Eve '99" in Las Vegas, Nevada. From left are Kevin Richardson, Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Clark, Howie Dorough and Brian Littrell. Clark hosts the show for the 27th consecutive year, which will feature the Back Street Boys, Cherry Poppin Daddies, and Bare Naked Ladies. REUTERS
Dick Clark brings in the New Year from New York's Times Square in this undated publicity photo from ABC. (AP Photo/ABC, Donna Svennevik, File)
Host Dick Clark (L), poses for photographers with singers Stevie Wonder(C) and Babyface before the two singers performed a medley of Wonder'ssongs during a taping of "American Bandstand's 50th...A Celebration" inPasadena, California, April 20, 2002. The show is scheduled forbroadcast on ABC May 3 and will feature taped performances by Cher,KISS, Brandy, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Alanis Morissette andothers. REUTERS/Jim Ruymen
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS with Dick Clark on stage at the taping of the "American Bandstand's 50th ... A Celebration!", to air on ABC TV on May 3, 2002. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
Dick Clark and wife Kari pose for photographers during the premiere of"Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" on December 11, 2002 in Los Angeles. REUTERS/Adrees Latif