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Dick Clark Productions offices, Sunset Strip, 1975

Whoever and wherever you are in America, if you're sitting in a club, or bar, or anywhere where a band is playing popular songs of any kind from the last five decades or so, and you get up and dance, well, then, you owe a little part of your fun to this man, who helped make singing along with the music, stepping out on the floor and getting down a little easier and less self-conscious. Dick Clark was so much a part of American culture that it's hard to pin down what he did that you remembered the best or liked the most.


For a long time his headquarters was here in the 9100 block of Sunset Boulevard just west of Doheny Drive, in one of the many quaint neo-Colonial or neo-Georgian buildings that were built along the Strip in the 1930s and 1940s. The building looks the same today, but DCP eventually moved two blocks west to the fashionable bluer-than-blue 9200 Sunset building, bordering the green parkway along the Beverly Hills border.


It would be too much to hope for that the Chevrolet Corvair parked in front was his...

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Taken on May 7, 1975