Aloha Dick Clark

19 April 2012

 

 

 

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Bell-bottoms came and went and came back again.

 

But Dick Clark? He never left. With his toothpaste-ad smile and a microphone always ready, Clark was a fixture in our pop culture for decades.

 

Maybe you hear his name and think New Year’s Eve stalwart, or American Bandstand host, or “the oldest living teenager,” a nickname he picked up years ago, but Clark was much more than any of those single images.

 

With teen dance shows, prime-time programming, specials, game shows, made-for-TV movies and even feature films and restaurants, the ambitious Clark made Dick Clark Productions into a thriving business that touched the worlds of music, television and film.

 

And from Bandstand in the 1950s to his three decades of New Year’s Rockin’ Eves, Clark was particularly adept in the melding of music and TV, long before MTV and American Idol.

 

Music is the soundtrack of your life,” he was quoted as saying, and yet, he wasn’t ever the one shimmying on the dance floor.

 

And his favorite music? “Disco,” he said in more than one interview.

 

Clark was all about the smooth running of the production, not so much the joy of music. “I don’t make culture,” he once said. “I sell it.”

 

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Rest in Peace, Dick Clark.

 

What are you memories of Dick Clark?  I bet a lot of the MLCers watched American Bandstand and probably got up and danced to the music.  Share your memories of Dick Clark and American Bandstand.  Or even the New York New Year’s Eve Parties.  Maybe you were fortunate enough to be there in person to watch the ball drop at the stroke of midnight.  Don’t we all wish we could be teenagers for life?

 

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Don’t forget – THIS SATURDAY @ Dot’s in Wahiawa: LS 34

 

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And tickets for the 70′s Nightclub Reunion X – Encore, are now on sale!  Call Candy to get your tickets before they sell out!

 

Thanks to Rob Kimura of Greenwood, here’s the inside scoops about Anita Hall who’ll be featured with Nueva Vida:

 

Whether singing with a symphony orchestra, headlining an international convention abroad or rocking a major charity event, audiences attest to the great popularity and talent of Indianapolis-based songstress Anita Hall

 

Before moving to Indianapolis, Hall called Hawaii home for over 20 years and was one of the most sought-after performers on the Island scene. Seamlessly changing gears from country to jazz, rock to Broadway, Anita has proven herself to be a well-rounded entertainer who sings each song as if it were written for her alone.

 

As the only child of parents both born with Cerebral Palsy, Anita learned the meaning of the word “Handi-capable” and her sense of compassion made her future involvement with many non-profits a natural fit.

 

Anita played the role of Angela in Manoa Valley Theater’s Honky Tonk Angels and Miss Mona in Diamond Head Theater’s Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. She also hosted KITV’s award winning “ Ohana Road ” Series ( Hawaii ’s Premier Automotive TV magazine) for 4 years.  Hall also is a recording artist, who has written and recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer Narada Michael Walden.  In 2009 Anita’s debut CD Send Love received two Na Hoku Hanohano nominations and made it to the first Grammy ballot.

 

Anita’s most recent performances with Maestro Catingub were with the Harford Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis and Omaha Pops Orchestras.  

 

Anita has been a member of  the Nueva Vida band for over a decade and couldn’t be more excited to be reunited for the 70′s Night Club Reunion.

 

Anita’s CD Send Love is now available on iTunes. 

 

For more information about Anita Hall, please visit her websitewww.Anitahall.com