Remembering Dick Clark

Remembering the man who made his way into our living rooms every year.
2:48 | 12/31/12

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as so many of you likely know, this will be the first new year's out dick clark. Tonight, they are preparing a tribute as we hear from dick clark's wife, who made the trip to times square to ring in another new year. Times square in new york. You're invited to new year's rockin' eve, '74. Reporter: Long before he became the face, the friend who would guide us into every new year. 2001. Reporter: Dick clark head made his way into living rooms across america. Dick clark! This one is called "rock around the clock." ♪ One, two, three o'clock ♪ Reporter: He said it was very simple. We played a record, and the kids danced. And we made the way we danced okay for parents, who still needed convincing. 1957, it all started. There would be 36 years 0 "american bandstand" on abc. Those boomers getting their own stage. The twist. There was the hustle. There was elvis. But dick clark made it all okay, after all, he warmed up america for rock and roll. From the very beginning, dick clark had enormous influence. At just 28, this. You have a combined weekly audience of, let's say 50 million americans, at least. And you receive 50,000 letters a week from your teenage fans. ♪ Reporter: His simple introduction made careers. He saved them. Frankie avalon. You played a record of mine and that was on a thursday and on a monday, I was own my way. Reporter: Over the years, clark barely seemed to age. He spoke of america's nickname for him. I have a terrible because people keep referring me as america's oldest living teenager. Reporter: His agelessness so much of a punch line. I've been watching dick clark since I was a little kid. Reporter: It was the 1970s, dick clark first started hosting on null year's eve. The program, just an hour and a half in the beginning, but expanding to six hours over the years. Become an american staple every new year's. And only a stroke would slow dick clark. My speech is not perfect, but I'm getting there. Reporter: And this year, his wife of nearly 35 years will be in times square. She was the one who helped screw that crystal triangle with dick clark's name under the giant ball. She spoke of the question so many people have asked her. 40 years I've been coming here, so, this year, people were saying, what are you going to do? I said, hmm. Really -- I don't know what else to do but to come to times square. Anyway, like he said, it's the place to be on new year's eve. Reporter: The place to be and the place where, tonight, an american legend will be remembered. Happy new year. Great job. Thank you. We're all be thinking of dick clark tonight. When we come back on the

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