Quotes from Ryan Seacrest, Smokey Robinson, more

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life. I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel. When I joined his show in 2006, it was a dream come true to work with him every New Year’s Eve for the last 6 years. He was smart, charming, funny and always a true gentleman. I learned a great deal from him, and I’ll always be indebted to him for his faith and support of me. He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him.” — Ryan Seacrest

“He was a great man. I started my career as Dick’s cameraman back in 1970, and he always took great care of me. I loved him dearly. He was a trend-setter, and a very special man. It’s a great loss to the entire entertainment community, as well as the world.” — Louis Horvitz

“I loved Dick Clark. He was so instrumental in my career as well as all the other Motown acts and so many others in the recording business. Goodbye, my friend, rest in peace.” — Smokey Robinson

“Dick Clark was eternally young. No matter what cultural phenomenon was happening, he always embraced it.” — Russell Simmons

“For more than half a century, Dick Clark brought the best of American music to audiences across the country, creating careers and countless fans for artists on his iconic shows, American Bandstand and ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.’ We’re proud that ABC was home to those programs and will always be part of his legacy. On behalf of everyone at Disney and ABC, we send our sincere condolences to Dick’s family, as well as the three generations of fans who will miss him as much as we do.” — Robert Iger

“Times Square is considered the crossroads of the world in no small part because Dick Clark New Year’s Eve celebrations there were beamed across the globe… Dick Clark never had to change. He was a great entertainer who stood the test of time. Generations of Americans grew up with Dick, and yet he seemed forever young. His spirit will always live on in Times Square, and in hearts of millions of New Yorkers.” — Michael Bloomberg

“Dick Clark changed the face of musical television. He was wonderful to many artists, including our family. We will miss him.” — Janet Jackson

“This is a sad day. He was a dear friend, supporting me and my music for all of my years in the business. A great businessman and a true gentleman. An inspiration. My heart is so heavy now.” — Barry Manilow

“Dick Clark was a great friend, true legend and a master journalist. Nobody did what he did better. It was a pleasure to be in his company.” — Larry King

“Rest in peace my good friend Dick Clark. A pioneer whose mark on American culture will be felt forever.” — Quincy Jones

“I had the opportunity to work with Dick Clark for 50 years, beginning when I wrote the theme for ‘American Bandstand.’ He has clearly been the most important figure during my lifetime in the industry.” — Mike Curb

“Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Dick Clark. With ‘American Bandstand,’ he introduced decades’ worth of viewers to the music of our times. He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer. And, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year. But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel – – as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was. As we say a final ‘so long’ to Dick Clark, America’s oldest teenager, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends – which number far more than he knew.” — President Barack Obama

“Condolences to the family of Dick Clark. We join them in mourning his passing, and will never forget his achievements in entertainment and music.” — House Speaker John Boehner

“Dick Clark was an entertainment icon, bringing music into the homes of millions of Americans over his nearly 60-year career. His shows ‘American Bandstand’ and ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ blazed new trails in pop music and became pivotal celebrations of music on television, spotlighting both established and emerging artists. Our deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, friends, fans and all who have enjoyed his great contributions to music and entertainment. He will be terribly missed, and his legacy will live on forever.” — Neil Portnow, President and CEO of the Recording Academy.

“With the passing of Dick Clark, we lost a real hero who had untold influence on both world culture and the art form we call rock and roll. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, Clark was a trendsetter who helped guide our tastes in music, dance and fashion for more than three decades. His show American Bandstand was instrumental in showing the world that rock and roll was here to stay.” — Terry Stewart, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

“We met when we were both guests on the ‘Les Crane Show’ many years ago. I liked him instantly. I’ve heard many say the same and never heard anyone criticize his character or business practices.

One day he invited me to his home at the beach where we talked at great length about television and music; he married the two forces. I was impressed by his attention to detail and his knowledge about the things he spoke about. He exuded a sense of warmth and trust that you can see in the old ‘Bandstand’ clips…and he was a gentleman.” — Elliot Mintz

“I considered Dick to be my dearest friend in this business, a friendship that has endured since 1958. He was there for every crisis of my life, and there were many. Without Dick Clark there would have been no career because I was ready to abandon it. Dick was the most principled man I ever met in this business and treated everyone the same way, even if you were the little guy.” — Connie Francis

“Dick Clark was an American institution. He was able to replicate the magic he brought to ‘American Bandstand’ not once, but several times, through the Golden Globes, ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ and thousands of hours of programming in almost every genre imaginable. He was the first of his kind — a pioneer, entrepreneur and creative visionary who bridged and cultivated the music scene with traditional show business. Dick Clark entertained and touched the lives of several generations. He is truly irreplaceable and will be greatly missed by the employees of our company and millions of fans worldwide.” — Mark Shapiro, CEO, Dick Clark Productions

“The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is deeply saddened by the loss of our good friend Mr. Dick Clark. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Dick was a television icon and music innovator who entertained audiences for decades and will truly be missed. Television shows like ‘American Bandstand,’ ‘American Music Awards’ and ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ are brands that continue to pave the way live television and music are presented. Dick was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1992 and his impact on the television industr, as well as everyone he met, moved and entertained will never be forgotten.” — Alan Perris, COO, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

“For more than half a century, Dick Clark brought the best of American music to audiences across the country, creating careers and countless fans for artists on his iconic shows, ‘American Bandstand’ and ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.’ We’re proud that ABC was home to those programs and will always be part of his legacy. On behalf of everyone at Disney and ABC, we send our sincere condolences to Dick’s family, as well as the three generations of fans who will miss him as much as we do.” — Robert Iger

“Dick Clark was the man who brought rock and roll to the masses. After Alan Freed, we had Dick. My biggest thrills were when he gave The Guess Who our gold single for “These Eyes.” Then later with Bachman-Turner Overdrive, we played “Rockin’ in the New Years Eve.” He was always gracious to all and had the knack o
f remembering everyone’s name, which made us feel important. It’s a great loss to the world but legacy of American Bandstand, Rockin’ the New Years Eve and Dick Clark himself will be remembered by all.”

– Randy Bachman

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