I had a post scheduled for "R" - it was reading. But Dick Clark died and so my "R" gratitude has to be Rock 'n Roll. Dick Clark and American Bandstand were so much a part of my childhood. Every day (yes, back in the day, American Bandstand was on every day, not just Saturdays), I would rush home from elementary school and get home in time to watch The Mickey Mouse Club and then American Bandstand. For those who don't know, it was a show that played music and kids danced. They'd rate the music based on how good it was to dance to. And there were live acts as well, from Stevie Wonder to Buddy Holly to Chubby Checker to Madonna. I wanted to much to be one of those kids dancing on the show.
Rock 'n Roll is so much a part of my soul. I began singing as soon as I could talk. First to my parents records (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, etc.). At four I was singing along with Patsy Cline. But when Bill Hailey and the Comets hit American Bandstand and Elvis came along soon after, my life, and the life of so many others, was changed forever.
So here is my homage to Dick Clark - thank you for shining a light in what was otherwise a fairly dark childhood. And thanks for all the years of rock 'n roll pleasure you gave so many millions of people. We'll miss you.
Did you watch American Bandstand?