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Remembering Dick Clark

Dick Clark Memorial

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An informal memorial has sprung up at the corner of Dogwood Lane and Plush Mill Road, near the former home of the late Dick Clark. Clark and his family lived in Nether Providence in the early 60s, while he hosted American Bandstand in West Philadelphia.

An article in the January 1961 Delaware County Daily Times reports on an impromptu visit he paid to a Junior Assembly Dance being held at Summit School across the street from his home. The ‘tweens’ in attendance must have been thrilled when he stuck around to watch them do “The Pony.” Don’t remember that dance craze, made popular by Chubby Checker’s song, Pony Time?  Take a look.

Dick Clark Visits Dance

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In the News…February 12, 1959


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In its February 12th issue, the Chester Times reported on Dick Clark’s new home and the Nether Providence School Board meeting.

The Clark family lived at the corner of Dogwood Lane and Plush Mill Road until 1964, when American Bandstand moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. It wasn’t to be the property’s last ‘brush with greatness’. In 1966, Ingrid Jacobson married singer-songwriter Jim Croce in the backyard. Rabbi Louis Kaplan of Ohev Shalom officiated. Ingrid Croce confirmed the location of their nuptials in her response to a 2010 email: “My family and I did live in Dick Clark’s home in Nether Providence and Jim and I were married there, on a little bridge over the creek. It was on Dogwood Lane.” Jim and Ingrid Croce were a folk duo Continue reading

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