Film and TV

The American Bandstand (Extended) Hot 100

Somehow it's hard to believe that Dick Clark was only 82 years old when he died after suffering a "massive heart attack" Wednesday morning in Santa Monica, Calif. (Since I managed to survive one myself, I've noticed that anytime someone dies of a heart attack, it's always "massive."). Despite his youthful appearance and "eternal teenager" nickname, considering how long Clark had been in the public eye, I would have guessed he was even older.

It's also hard to believe it's been nearly 25 years since American Bandstand went off the air in 1989. With Soul Train and Casey Kasem's America's Top 10, those Saturday-afternoon shows were an important part of how I kept up with pop music in my non-MTV household.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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