Stevie Wonder to Honor Dick Clark With Musical Tribute at American Music Awards
Stevie Wonder to Honor Dick Clark With Musical Tribute at American Music Awards

Not many music-business institutions have been around longer than Dick Clark, but Billboard is one of them. From his early days on "American Bandstand" to his death at the age of 82 yesterday (April 18), Clark was featured in our pages so many times, and was such a constant presence in the business, that any attempt at a definitive collection of highlights would take weeks.

Dick Clark: An Appreciation of the Man Who Took Rock and Roll Nationwide, and Helped Pioneer Its Business

So we've pulled together a collection of 12 articles featuring or about Clark from the past few decades -- from what may be his first mention in Billboard more than 50 years ago to a friendly 2003 visit to his offices -- that don't attempt to tell his whole story, but are interesting, charming, telling signposts of a career that is truly unique, and has had an indelible influence on popular culture, music and its business.

Video: 10 Classic Dick Clark Moments From 'American Bandstand'

The first mention of Dick Clark in Billboard, May 26, 1951

The great Christmas card promotional stunt, Dec. 16, 1957

Youth Reaction Makes Clark the Ryan Seacrest of the Era, Nov 10, 1958

The Dynasty Begins, March 9, 1959

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