Dick Clark: The Go-Gos and Peter Frampton remember a pop music icon

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A handful of the music community's finest talents came out Wednesday night (April 18) for the ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Hollywood, and all expressed great sadness about Dick Clark's passing at the age of 82. Out to celebrate the year in songwriting, many of the artists shared with Zap2It their personal memories of Clark, his long-running TV series " American Bandstand" and the lasting legacy he left with the music community.

Belinda Carlisle of The Go-Go's: "He left a huge mark. That's all you can really ask for in this life is to leave the world where you won't be forgotten."

Jane Wiedlin of  The Go-Go's: "He helped so many bands. Being on his show several times, it was so helpful to our careers. He was always such a kind and gentle guy, and really thoughtful and he loved music. So we're really sad about it."

Peter Frampton: "I was interviewed by him and also did 'American Bandstand' in the '80s, just the last few years of it. He's an institution. I was blown away being asked to do the show. I never thought I'd be able to. I think he was an innovator in sort of promoting acts, which was great from a radio and TV point of view. It's changed so drastically, hasn't it? Everything's on the Internet now. ['American Bandstand'] was one of a kind."

Carly Simon: "He helped me onto a bus once that I couldn't quite get my foot up to it. And he helped me up. I said, 'Thank you so much.' I didn't get a look at his face right away. And it turned out to be Dick Clark. This was in 1995."

Tom Higgenson of the  Plain White T's: "We didn't meet him, but we did do his " Rockin' New Year's Eve" a few years ago. Just to be a part of that was a milestone."

Ne-Yo: "I remember watching Dick Clark when I was an itty bitty kid, and I just remember how his hair wouldn't move. Always in one position! He stuck around for a really long time, which makes me question what he was eating. I need to know what it was. I need to get some!"

Bill Withers: "We lost both of our main dance show emcees. Don Cornelious earlier this year and now Dick Clark. So it's a surprise. You know, you got used to seeing him. He gave people a place to dance."


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