Dick Clark brought Latinos to 'American Bandstand' and 'New Year's Rockin Eve'

Joe Cuba, Ritchie Valens and a handful of other Latino music acts owe their mainstream popularity to legendary TV producer and host, Dick Clark. With his iconic show American Bandstand, Clark broke the color barrier and featured both Black and Latino artists that had never been given a chance to shine on national television. 

Clark died today at the age of 82 from a massive heart attack, but his legacy will live on.


From Cuba to Santana to Selena Gomez, so many Latinos have graced both the American Bandstand and New Years Rockin 'Eve stages. Here are a few highlights from the last decade of New Years Rockin Eve, which Clark hosted every single year (except for 2005, when he suffered from a stroke just a month before broadcast), incuding ringing in 2012.

Here are some of my favorite performances from Latin pop acts Clark helped usher into the Top 40 over the years. 

Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine, 1987

Mariah Carey, 2006

Selena Gomez, 2010 

Justin Bieber & Carlos Santana, 2011

 R.I.P. Mr. Clark! You will be  missed.

What is your favorite memory of Dick Clark?

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