Dick Clark swung, missed on Beatles


Music legend Dick Clark built his fame on being ahead of the curve when it came to hits. But there was a notable miss: The Beatles.

They never appeared on Clark's "American Bandstand," a launching pad for hit makers.

Las Vegan Rick Tope said he ran into Clark in the 1990s and asked him why he never hosted The Beatles.

"He explained his show was a low budget affair which only paid union scale, and performers appeared on his show for the nationwide exposure, not the money," Tope said in an email. "Clark went on to explain that Ed Sullivan had a much larger budget. At the time Sullivan signed the group, they were already well-known and could command thousands of dollars for appearances."

Tope added, "Also, Ed Sullivan had a noncompete clause written into their contract, prohibiting The Beatles from performing on any other TV shows during their Feb. 1964 trip for their U.S. television debut on his show. Needless to say, on subsequent trips to the States the group had the ability to fill stadiums, so appearing on Clark's show was out of the question."

But there are a few more twists to the story.

Before Beatlemania hit the United States, Clark played "Please Please Me" during his show's Rate-A-Record segment in early 1963. It scored in the mid-70s on a scale of 100. Six months later, Clark played "She Loves You," and it averaged a mediocre 73.

When he flashed a photo of the mop-haired Brits to his teen crowd, "they just laughed," according to Clark.

DINAH SHORE WEEKEND

After a 21-year run in Palm Springs, Dinah Shore Weekend, the world's largest lesbian dance and music festival, is in Las Vegas this weekend.

The epicenter of the three-day party, sponsored by Girl Bar, will be the Go Pool Party at the Flamingo. Blues singer Beverly McClellan, a finalist on NBC's "The Voice," will perform on Saturday.

Hosting the event will be "Real Housewives of Orange County" star and celebrity fitness guru Fernanda Rocha.

Producers Sandy Sachs and Dr. Robin Gans moved the event to Las Vegas after being courted by Richard Brower, director of LGBT Marketing at Caesars Entertainment Corporation . Information: www.dinahshoreweekend.com

THE SCENE AND HEARD

When Michelle Obama visits Las Vegas on Tuesday, she will attend a Springs Preserve event co-hosted by tennis greats Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf. They will join about 250 Agassi Prep students at a Let's Move event, the first lady's healthy living initiative. …

I'm in Denver for a springtime-in-the-Rockies getaway. Taking today off, but we'll be back here on Sunday.

SIGHTINGS

Oscar winner Nicolas Cage, at the Nevada SPCA's second annual Champagne & High Tea at Spanish Trail Country Club on Thursday. Cage shared a story about his dog that died. The event featured a red carpet walk for older, adoptable dogs . … On hand for the final day of CinemaCon's peek at new releases: Salma Hayek, Oliver Stone, John Travolta and Taylor Kitsch for "Savages"; Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart for "Snow White and the Huntsman"; Jeremy Renner for "Bourne Legacy''; Brooklyn Decker and Kitsch for "Battleship"; and Mila Kunis and Seth McFarlane for "Ted." … Former heavyweight boxing champ Lennox Lewis at Minus5 Ice Bar (Shops at Mandalay Place) on Wednesday with Rohan Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, and sister Karen Marley. … Jake Pavelka of "The Bachelor," dining at Joe's Stone Crab (Forum Shops at Caesars) on Wednesday.

THE PUNCH LINE

"Some teenagers are reportedly drinking hand sanitizer to get drunk. Remember when Zima was the most embarrassing thing to drink?" - Jimmy Kimmel

Norm Clarke can be reached at 702-383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke.

 

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