Boise music legend Paul Revere on Wednesday was mourning his long-time friend Dick Clark.
Revere, a founder of '60s group Paul Revere and the Raiders, said he spent an afternoon with his lifelong friend in Malibu about six weeks ago.
"He was responsible for really everything that happened to me, " Revere told the Statesman during a telephone conversation Wednesday.
Revere grew up in Boise and got his big break when the group played on Clark's "American Bandstand" in 1961.
"From then on, he kept criss-crossing my life."
Revere's band later was featured on a Clark-produced television show called "Where the Action Is." The Raiders appeared on more than 500 episodes on the weekday afternoon program from 1965 to 1967. That show led to more national television appearances on programs like Johnny Carson and Ed Sullivan.
Clark also put the Raiders on a summer replacement series called Happening 68 and Happening 69.
"After that, we did numerous television specials and what-not with him, " Revere said. "He was such a close friend. He was a big piece of my whole everything. If it wasn't for him, all the good things that happened to me over my life wouldn't have happened to me."
The two men were also business partners. They owned a night club in Reno called American Bandstand. In later years, Clark, Revere and Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers opened the American Bandstand theater in Branson, Mo.
Through American Bandstand and his other television productions, the clean-cut and attractive Clark made rock 'n' roll legitimate, Revere said. He showed America the genre was "clean fun" and that music was more than Doris Day and Frank Sinatra.
Clark may have been known as "America's Oldest Teenager, " but in his personal life, he was a workaholic by day and a fun-loving friend by night, Revere said.
"He was incredibly smart, " Revere said. "He didn't know how to take a day off. His wife, Keri, would force him to go on these exotic vacations. He didn't want to go, but she would drag him. ... A week of that and he had to come back to work. He was always thinking, always doing. He was a nonstop machine. I never saw anyone more energetic."
After playing a gig at an Arizona casino just over a month ago, Revere said he decided he had to go to California and visit his old friend.
"We spent the afternoon at their place in Malibu reminiscing and laughing and talking about the good old days, " Revere said.
Clark had suffered a stroke in recent years and was in a wheelchair, but his brain was razor sharp, Revere said. He had been working hard at therapy so he could continue with his television traditions like New Year's "Rockin' Eve."
"I am so glad I was there and gave him a big hug and told him how I felt like he was personally responsible for all the big things that happened in my life, " Revere said.