Space…So Far Out, Levon Helm and Dick Clark

Good Evening

In tonight’s evening news we will be talking about a couple of people in the music industry.

First off, you may have heard already that Dick Clark has died.

Dick Clark of ‘American Bandstand’ fame dies at 82 –

Dick Clark, the youthful-looking television personality who literally introduced rock ‘n’ roll to much of the nation on “American Bandstand” and for four decades was the first and last voice many Americans heard each year with his New Year’s Eve countdowns, died Wednesday. He was 82.

Clark died after suffering a heart attack following an outpatient procedure at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, according to a statement by his longtime publicist, Paul Shefrin. Clark’s health had been in question since a 2004 stroke affected his speech and mobility, but that year’s Dec. 31 countdown was the only one he missed since he started the annual rite during the Nixon years.

I thought he was older than that, well…no more jokes about the Ever ready battery…RIP Dick Clark.

This next story is upsetting to read about because Levon Helm has been one of my favorite musicians and actors, remember he played Loretta Lynn’s father in Coal Miner’s Daughter. Levon Helm In Final Stages Of Cancer Battle – Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV

Levon Helm, former drummer for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group the Band, announced on Tuesday that he is in the final stages of a long-running battle with cancer. Helm, 71, whose signature Southern drawl helped make iconic songs such as “The Weight,” “Up on Cripple Creek” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” rock classics, was first diagnosed with cancer in 1998.

“Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey,” read a note from his daughter Amy and wife Sandy. “Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration … he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage…

There are some clips of Levon Helm’s last performance here: Listen to Levon Helm’s Finest Moments: From ‘The Weight’ to ‘Atlantic City’ | Music News | Rolling Stone

Levon Helm performs at the Life is Good Festival at the Prowse Farm in Canton, Massachusetts.
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April 17, 2012 6:05 PM ET

The devastating news that Levon Helm is in the final stages of his fight against cancer has sent us all to our record collections to reflect on his incredible legacy. Here’s a Spotify playlist of Levon’s finest moments, from his days in the Band through his recent solo albums. We could easily do a whole other list of his greatest drumming moments, but this list is focused on his singing – though he also plays drums on almost every single one of these songs.

Listen to these wonderful songs, what a life’s work…he really was such a damn good musician and song writer.

Let’s move on to another topic of mourning, this time it isn’t a person, it is an iconic industry. You may not have seen a recent interview with a former NASA astronaut pilot, when asked what is the best advice he has to young kids who want to become astronauts. His answer was, learn Russian. And you know, he is right!

So, here are a few cartoons about the death of the US Space Program…

Cagle Post » The Future of Manned Spaceflight: Five Cartoons

Yesterday, the nation seemed fixated by images of the space shuttle Discovery flying over Washington on the back of a 747. The shuttle program has long been an symbol of American innovation and captured the imagination of millions across the globe, but with nothing in the pipeline to take its place, seeing the old workhorse circle around the Capital seems just like a sad reminder of an America in decline.

Here are five terrific cartoons that comment on our suddenly listless future of manned space flight.

You can see the others at the link…

One last item, this one made me smile. After 12 Overtimes, Little Girls’ Hockey Team Wins With This Shootout Goal | SportsGrid

After three 12-minute periods and 12 overtime periods lasting 10 minutes each, the coaches of two Toronto girls’ hockey teams decided to go to a shootout.

Five hours from the time this game began, little Emily McFadden scored this shootout winner, and the Stratford Aces defeated the Chatham Outlaws 1-0. Victory! [Puck Daddy, Toronto Star]

Hope you all have a pleasant evening, see ya later in the comments!

10 Comments on “Space…So Far Out, Levon Helm and Dick Clark”

  1. Be sure to listen and watch those little girls as the game winning shot hits the back of the net…it is fabulous.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Regarding Dick Clark. I started watching American Bandstand when I was in fourth grade. We didn’t have a TV, but a lot of afternoons after school I went to a friend’s house who had one. That was around 1957. Elvis was King.

    On Bandstand, they had this segment in which Dick Clark would play a new record and ask kids to rate it. If it was good they would often say, “It has a good beat, and you can dance to it.”

  3. bostonboomer says:

    I hope Levon Helm is getting adequate pain medication and has a peaceful death. The Band was one of the greatest groups ever.

  4. ecocatwoman says:

    Dick Clark played the score to my younger years. My dad used to watch American Bandstand with me. Very fond memories. His death today really made me feel very, very old. RIP Dick, you had a great beat.

    Speaking of old, I remember watching John Glenn’s 1st space flight on TV in the school cafeteria as a child. Everyone in the school was brought in to watch it. I was a math geek and wanted to work at The Cape with Von Braun. But, I changed majors in college. Imagine my horror when I found out that Von Braun worked with the Nazis in WWII. And there’s other stuff I remember about the early space program. Coincidentally, that was brought back to me yesterday when I stumbled on this: I’m not a fan of the space program for a variety of reasons, the sacrificing of monkeys, chimps & dogs is only one reason. And then earlier today I read a blog piece about the HuffPo winning a Pulitzer – the blogger took the HuffPo to task for posting the letter from former NASA employees and astronauts telling NASA to back off about climate change, here: And then there is this: Sorry but former USAF & Navy pilots are not climate scientists.

    Even though I wasn’t a big fan of The Band, I’m sorry to hear about Levon Helm. He was great in Coal Miner’s Daughter.

    Sorry for rant.

  5. dakinikat says:

    I get all my space news from Futurama …

  6. Fannie says:

    I had a good time learning to dance with Dick Clark, and when I didn’t have anyone else, would dance using the door knob as my partner…………still have the album Rock around the clock.

  7. Fannie says:

    Loved the Band, and just missed going to the last Waltz in SF Winterland, thanksgiving 1976………….My favorite was Stage Fright, still have the vinly…………..Levon is what 72?

  8. RalphB says:

    Richard Manuel’s vocal is outstanding … Peace.