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Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

Posted January 2, 2013 by jim young in Media

photo by Alan Light [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

– jim young

A few years ago I wrote an article criticising Dick Clark’s hosting of the Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebrations – “Say Goodnight, Dick”

And I still stand by that opinion. As Kurt Cobain (quoting Neil Young) once said, “It’s better to burn out, than fade away.”

Having said that, I think it was nice that Dick Clark, having passed away last April at the age of 82 was remembered this year at “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” with a special tribute.

It was a little sad that the tribute to Dick Clark, who was for so many years a cultural icon in the world of Rock ‘n Roll, was so brief and chopped up in what seemed to be an effort to just “fit it in”.

I suppose room had to be made for the likes of Justin Bieber and Jenny McCarthy and all the Weight Watchers plugs – all of which I could have lived without.

On the other hand – Dick Clark was NOT a musician or performer himself and the festivities did include some great performances from some really good contemporary artists such as Pitbull.

Pitbull’s performance of “Back In Time” which mixes soundclips from Mickey & Sylvia’s “Love is Strange” from the 1950s seemed a fitting tribute to Dick Clark who’s career reached back to over a half century ago.

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