SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA PIONEERS KENNETH GAMBLE & LEON HUFFMOURN THE PASSING OF DICK CLARK PHILADELPHIA -- "As fellow Philadelphians, we have admired Dick Clark and the 'American Bandstand' brand for many years, as it promoted Philadelphia music around the nation," said Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff in a joint statement. "Dick Clark was one of our inspirations for creating the "˜Sound of Philadelphia' music brand. More importantly, we thank him for being one of the pioneers in promoting the Philly Dance and Music scene for the nation and world to enjoy.
STATEMENT ON PASSING OF DICK CLARKI'm saddened and devastated over the loss of my dear friend, Dick Clark. We were friends for over 50 years. My thoughts and condolences go out to his family, especially his wonderful wife, Kari, who took such incredible care of him always.Dick was always there for me and Motown, even before there was a Motown. He was an entrepreneur, a visionary and a major force in changing pop culture and ultimately influencing integration. It happened first emotionally. Music can do that. He didn't do it from a soap box, he just did it.
I just saw Don at the KJLH event a few months ago. The legendary creator and longtime host of the groundbreaking music show "˜Soul Train,' was found dead in his California home this morning. He was 75.