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Kenny Rogers pays tribute to Dick Clark: 'He changed my life'

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Kenny Rogers has paid tribute to the life and legacy of the late American Bandstand host Dick Clark.

Clark died of a heart attack on Wednesday (April 18), following several years of ill health.

Dick Clark shown in 1960, as host of 'The Dick Clark Show' which featured the most popular pop music, songs and stars

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Dick Clark receives a kiss on the 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' show, 2008

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Ryan Seacrest, Joan Rivers, Glee's Matthew Morrison and Lance Bass were among the stars who honoured Clark on social media in the hours after his death by sharing their memories of the television pioneer.

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Country music legend Rogers share his own admiration for Clark on Your World with Neil Cavuto, revealing that the presenter gave him one of his first breaks in show business.

"He was a good friend and he had been for 30 or 40 years," Rogers said. "My favourite line is, I said my claim to fame has been that Dick Clark didn't remember me doing his show when I was 19 years old. Every time I would see him I'd say, 'Dick, surely you remember now?'… Dick would always say… 'I don't remember you'. He'd keep pushing the bruise."

Rogers went on to suggest that Clark truly valued the talents of his American Bandstand musical guests.

"Dick had such a way about him of making you feel like that's where you were supposed to be… there are certain milestones in an entertainer's life that really represent success and I think that was one of them," Rogers said.

He added: "Dick Clark's American Bandstand, it didn't get any bigger than that when I was a kid. A moment like that puts you in a different league when you go back home to play your music… I knew him personally.

"I've worked with Dick so many times… we got to spend a lot of time together. He and his son Rac (Richard) were really good friends of mine so I will miss him dearly and I wish I'd had a chance to say goodbye."

Dick Clark

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US President Barack Obama also recognised Clark's life and legacy on Wednesday, describing the host as "America's oldest teenager".

"He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer," Obama said. "And, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year.

"But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel - as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was."

Clark is survived by his third wife Kari Wigton.

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