Madonna Fans Rejoice: New Album Due in Spring 2012
Madonna Fans Rejoice: New Album Due in Spring 2012

More reader views on Madge, plus a tribute to Dick Clark, whose 'American Bandstand' helped launch her career.

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DICK CLARK, 'AMERICAN' IDOL

Hi Gary,

March 25, 2012, marked the 40th anniversary of a one-time occurrence: Dick Clark filling in for Casey Kasem as host of "American Top 40."

The first song played was "Do Your Thing" by Isaac Hayes at No. 40. The "extra" song was "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin, a No. 1 in 1971.

Some of the hits on that special edition of "AT40" that counted down the Billboard Hot 100:
"Give Ireland Back to the Irish," Wings, No. 37
"American Pie," Don McLean, No. 22
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," Roberta Flack, No. 17
"Bang a Gong (Get It On)," T-Rex, No. 15
"Rockin' Robin,"

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