Shaffer: Dick Clark had respect for everyone
(CBS News) Host and TV producer Dick Clark will be remembered for everything from "American Bandstand" to "New Year's Rockin' Eve."
But Paul Shaffer, musical director of the CBS orchestra on "Late Show with David Letterman," said on "CBS This Morning," he'll remember the icon for the way he treated people.
"When he would interview, and he interviewed all the guests, what struck me, is that no matter if it was a person like - I mean, Henry Kissinger - or he did the Golden Globes and the biggest star Jane Fonda or the lead singer of The Trashmen, you know, singing 'Bird is the Word,' he treated everybody with the utmost respect and he had done his homework."
Clark died Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif., a day after he was admitted for an outpatient procedure. He was 82.
Shaffer, who had met Clark over the years, said the icon opened up U.S. audiences to emerging sounds, regardless of an artist's race and background.
"I remember he had Run DMC very early in the history of rap," Shaffer said. "People didn't know what rap was. He knew exactly (who they were) and (said) 'Jam Master J. Nice to see you, sir.'"
Clark also revolutionized showing music on TV, Shaffer said. "He exploded as a producer. He did everything he wanted to do," he said. "(Clark) brought, you know, dance music of all kinds and all races to America, from his little local dance party show in South Philly, Pa. He showed what you could do."
Shaffer said saw Clark for the first time when he was 13. The Canadian didn't have cable, but on a trip with his parents, he turned on a hotel TV and was fascinated.
Shaffer recalled, "He's from Philadelphia, Pa, and he introduces Mr. Bobby Rydell who sings 'Butterfly Baby' and in the middle of it, he pulls a young girl out of the audience and jitterbugs with her. And it was a sensation. There was so much energy. And I said, 'Where is this place,' you know? Finally we got cable TV in Canada and every day in school there was this happening dance party from Philly, Pa. ... I got a personal feeling for this man."
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