[78-L] Dick Clark gone

Michael Biel mbiel at mbiel.com
Wed Apr 18 13:27:25 PDT 2012


> From: mikedaley at gmail.com
> One of his most impressive achievements was managing to come out of
> the payola hearings smelling like a rose, while his counterpart Alan
> Freed's career was destroyed.

There was a BIG difference.  Clark didn't accept payola payments.  He
did utilize his connections in the publishing business and record
companies to include performers and records that would benefit these
companies, but he didn't take money from the other companies.  Freed
took money from everybody as well as pushed his way into publishers by
demanding composer credit.  Clark wasn't squeeky clean -- he was forced
to sell off his partial ownerships of publishers and record companies
like Swan -- but he was not as corrupt as Freed, Peter Trip, and others.

Mike Biel  mbiel at mbiel.com  

> On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 3:59 PM, David Lennick <dlennick at sympatico.ca> wrote:
> > http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/04/18/report-dick-clark-dies-at-age-82/
> >
> > dl

From: Cary Ginell <soundthink at live.com>

I knew some people who worked for him when he had his syndication
business. They said that he was extremely cheap. A real bottom line guy
who paid employees as little as he could get away with and whose facade
of niceness on the air hid a cold-hearted interior. I also hated that he
never permitted acts on AB to play live. Everything had to be
lip-synched to save money on production costs, licensing, performance
royalties - he knew the business but I'll bet he still had the first
dollar he ever earned.
Cary Ginell

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