I felt such a sadness when I saw the news feed saying Dick Clark had died. It took me back in time and the memories from the days of American Bandstand. Oh that was THE show and such joy it brought dancing around the room and singing. It was a much less complicated time and family life seemed to be much stronger and focused on each other. Now everyone seems to go in different directions.
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Everyone wanted to be on the show dancing. Places popped up all over and in Knoxville, TN they had a TV show much like Bandstand and locals could go and dance on it just like on Bandstand. I remember everyone wanted to be on that show and would stand for hours hoping to be selected. I never made it but a couple of friends did. We didn’t even have to be in the room when that theme song for American Bandstand came on. We knew it by heart.
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Dick Clark was an icon and brought us music and the joy of music in such a way that it remains with us even today. He helped many singers and bands to move on to even greater expectations with their careers and he always instilled in us the desire to dance….dance…..dance.
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I think Dick Clark was the Peter Pan of Rock and Roll. How could you not enjoy something presented by someone like Dick Clark, whose love of music flowed out of our televisions into our rooms. I can still see us singing into hair brushes and looking in the mirror. And I can remember my parents who thought rock and roll was the devil’s tool.
Here is to you Dick Clark. May you rock the heavens and may your love of music continue on in all of us.
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This is a picture of me when little. Can you tell who my hero was by the hat? I had to laugh cause they told me that my hero was Gabby Hayes.
I was told I wore this hat everywhere. This is in the fifties. Many of the stars recorded in the thirties but we saw them in the fifties like they were brand new. I was amazed to learn that Gabby Hayes was born in 1885. Here I was a very young child and this man, born in 1885 was in the shows I loved.
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TV and the matinée’s when I was a kid were the greatest thing we had ever seen. It was easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys most the time because the good guys wore white hats. And being honest and truthful and upstanding were important.
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And who could forget The Lone Ranger and Tonto. These shows were treats for us every weekend.
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And of course, Hop-along Cassidy. Who could forget him.
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And one of my favorites. I was thrilled to meet Sky King in person when I was a kid. He actually came to our house for supper. All the kids in the neighborhood were knocking on our door wanting autographs.
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And remember this…faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive…able to leap small buildings in a single bound…look ….up in the sky…it’s bird…it’s a plane..it’s SUPERMAN!!
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And for all us dog lovers….there was Lassie and Rin Tin Tin
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And how about Rawhide? I loved that show and still can’t believe Clint Eastwood started here.
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And of course, Gunsmoke. One of my favorites
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And last, but not least, the Howdy Doody Show.
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And that is my walk down memory lane. Boy has television changed and not necessarily for the best.
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