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“His body of work and accomplishments are impressive but the quality that endeared him to me the most was his humility. All people were on a level playing field with Dick. He felt he was better than no one and because of that he was able to connect with everyone. He changed the way we understood music and television and was one of the most successful entrepreneurs in our business.” _ Suzanne Somers wrote on Facebook.

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“I’m one of the lucky people who can say that I knew Dick Clark personally. Dick produced almost every awards show I was on during the 80s, and he constantly encouraged me toward success. He will be missed by everyone _ especially by those who knew him well.” _ Kenny Rogers.

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“Only God is responsible for making more stars than Dick Clark … I just want the world to know how much I loved him, how much I cared about him. He’s been a part of everybody’s life.” _ Tony Orlando.

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“Rest in Peace my good friend Dick Clark. A pioneer who’s mark on American culture will be felt forever.” _ Quincy Jones tweeted.

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“Dick Clark was a true pioneer who revolutionized the way we listened to and consumed music. Before `American Idol,’ `X Factor’ and `The Voice,’ even before MTV, it was `American Bandstand,' which brought the most popular music of the day straight to the nation’s living rooms. Many artists made their debut on the Bandstand stage, and for generations he steadfastly welcomed millions of fans to his celebrations of the best of contemporary music. For me he ranks right up there with the giants of our business.” _ Clive Davis.

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“Dick Clark’s profound contributions to music, television and popular culture will reverberate throughout time. R.I.P. Mr. American Bandstand.” _ music producer LA Reid tweeted.

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“Dick’s understated yet omnipresent personality created a new media format. With an understated on-air presence, he made the kids and their music the stars of the show. His genius was in his ability to use the power of television to help define how American teenagers saw themselves. Dick Clark’s `American Bandstand' spread the gospel of American pop music and teenage style that transcended the regional boundaries of our country and united a youth culture that eventually spread its message throughout the entire world. With his passing, Dick Clark deserves to take his place at the top in the pantheon of popular culture icons.” _ John Oates of Hall & Oates.

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