Have to give a nod to Dick Clark, one of the hustling low-rent entrepreneurs who turned rock n’ roll into a cultural phenomenon. Clark, for all his slickness, operated in the Barnum carnival barker American tradition of ballyhoo. He defined America, selling good clean innocent not-too-sophisticated fun. The salesman who could put over anything—and sometimes did.
p.s. Let’s get Chubby Checker in the Rock Hall of Fame! That he’s not in is a disgrace.