DICK CLARK - CONTRACT SIGNED APRIL 5,1961 CO-SIGNED BY: SINGER LARRY VERNE FOR APPEARANCE ON AMERICAN BANDSTAND
DICK CLARK (1929-2012) and LARRY VERNE (1936-2013) SIGNED AMERICAN BANDSTAND CONTRACT, "RW Clark, pres." & "Larry Verne", 1p, 8½x11. , April 5,1961, Standard AFTRA Engagement Contract between Click Corporation (Clark's Company) and Singer Larry Verne for his appearance on American Bandstand on March 13, 1961.Richard Wagstaff "Dick" Clark was an American radio and television personality, television producer and film actor, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 to 1988. In 1952, Clark moved to a suburb of Philadelphia, where he took a job as a disc jockey at radio station WFIL, adopting the Dick Clark handle. In 1956 Clark took over as the host of the show Bandstand which was picked up by ABC Television and renamed American Bandstand. The show took off, due to Clark's natural rapport with the live teenage audience and dancing participants as well as the "clean-cut, non-threatening image" he projected to television audiences. As a result he was able to use his unparalleled communication skills to present rock 'n roll in a way that was palatable to parents. Larry Vern Erickson had two U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart hit singles in 1960, "Mister Livingston" (No. 75) and "Mr. Custer" (No. 1, and No. 9 R&B). In the 50's and early 60's you could have a Hit Record whether it was pop music, Country, Gospel, Rock& Roll, or a Novelty recording like this song. It was a variety of music that made the Charts and even this song went to number 1 nationally. After growing tired of the music industry, Verne quit to become a successful builder of Hollywood film sets, which he did for 35 years before retiring. This American music history document is filled out by hand and includes a compensation of $155 for the appearance. Verne has written his telephone number and social security number beneath his signature. In fine condition, with three file holes at blank left edge.