AyCee a part of Clark's history

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As the bottom of this Steel Pier billboard illustrates, Dick Clark was a draw at the iconic entertainment complex during the years when "American Bandstand" was locally produced. Photo: www.ebay.com

It’s certainly shouldn’t surprise anyone that Dick Clark, who died Wednesday at age 82, was no stranger to Atlantic City.

During the years “American Bandstand” was produced at the Channel 6 studios at 46th and Market streets, Clark would often do remote broadcasts from Steel Pier which, during that era, was known far and wide as the “Showplace of the nation.”

By the time legal casinos were introduced in AyCee in 1978, “Bandstand” had been Los Angeles-based for almost 15 years, so Clark obviously spent little time down the Shore. But he did visit sporadically.

In the late 1980s, he brought one of his oldies package shows to The Grand Stand Under the Stars, the temporary, 4,000-seat al fresco venue constructed by Bally’s Grand (now The Atlantic Club). In 1992, he was at Tropicana for the opening night of a musical revue he produced called “American Bandstand—A Musical Happening.”

And, if memory serves, his most recent visit was about a decade ago, when he visited the since-demolished Sands Hotel & Casino to promote the introduction of “American Bandstand”-themed slot machines there.

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