A two-hour special will air at 8 pm EST before the yearly countdown show begins. Titled New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Celebrates Dick Clark, the show will be hosted by Jenny McCarthy from Times Square, and by Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie in Los Angeles. It will feature American Bandstand clips and other famous Dick Clark moments from the past half-century. The performances will reach back as far as Johnny Cash in 1959, Sonny & Cher in 1965, and The Doors in 1967. Other featured artists include ABBA, Beach Boys, Blondie, James Brown, Neil Diamond, Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Stevie Wonder.
Though Dick Clark rang in the new year on network television for four decades, a stroke in 2004 left him unable to perform his hosting duties
No one tried to make a comeback more than Dick Clark. My heart ached for him as he tried to articulate on New Years Eve shows after his stroke.
Dick Clark has often been called America’s teenager. No one was more dedicated to kids and to their music than Dick Clark who had a 50 year career in Rock ‘n’ Roll. If you are old enough, you recall the Philly kids dancing on American Bandstand after school every day. Many stars got their start right there on Clark’s stage. Kids today have no clue how rudimentary rock n roll was back in the beginning. Most of the bands and stars started out in garages.
Dick Clark deserves all the recognition America can give him tonight. Without Dick Clark there really would be no music that we now call Rock ‘n’ Roll.