Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Local Louisville Musician Remembers Dick Clark

Link Includes Video and article .

Thanks to Wayne Mcdonald for sending and Marvin Maxwell for the interview with WHAS .

 Dick Clark is credited with introducing Rock-n-Roll to mainstream America. He also formed a traveling tour call the Caravan of Stars. 

In the ‘60s, a local group called Soul Inc. got the chance of a lifetime. Marvin Maxwell, owner of Mom’s Music, was the drummer. He said he’ll never forget the phone call he received when he was asked to join the tour while at work. 
“He said, ‘Would you like to go on the road with the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars?’ and I like drew a couple of breaths and said, ‘Well sure. When?’ and they said, ‘Tonight,’" Maxwell said. 
Maxwell quit his job and the band joined the tour. He said they played 30 shows in 30 states in 30 days. He recalled Dick Clark.
“He was a star as much as anybody else in those days or more so. He was the one who got this Rock-n-Roll thing going, but he was a very nice, clean cat. A very nice dude,” Maxwell said. 
Clark died Wednesday from a massive heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 82. 
“I don’t know what the words are, but it's almost a shock that he’s gone because he got so much going for the music industry,” Maxwell said. 
Clark is survived by his wife and three children.

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Growing up in Louisville , one did not get to see Dick Clark unless your TV had UHF . That's right , Mr Clark was on WLKY Channel 32 .

 The first commercial UHF TV station in the US, Portland Oregon's KPTV, received its license and went on the air in late 1952. The FCC had authorized the new TV channels 14 through 83 earlier that year, to relieve the crowding that was occurring as commercial television boomed in the post-war period. To receive the new channels, if any were assigned in your area, you would need a converter for your existing TV set (which of course tuned only 2 through 13). Though the TV set manufacturers were pretty quick to make built-in UHF tuners an (extra-cost) option for their sets, it wasn't until 1964 that the FCC required UHF capability in all new TVs, and 1975 before they had to be as easy to use as the VHF tuners. Add-on converter boxes were therefore the common way to get the additional channels for many years.
So , another memory from the past . 

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