Dick Clark said when he was alive, the hardest interview he ever had was interviewing Prince. Before Clark even met Prince, he was impressed and shocked.
The story of folklore was that Prince was going to make the interview hard on Clark, even though it was Prince's first ever interview. The first question out of Dick's mouth was "How did you learn how to do this in Minneapolis?" and exactly how do you answer that?
Prince stated he was 19, which was a label thing even though he was 21 at the time. Prince kind of made a face when saying 19 as well. Prince was very shy and modest now as he was then.
At that time, people did everything they could to appease Clark in interviews, and here was this kid from Minneapolis saying "nah, we are not gonna do it like that" and it worked.
Clark was a huge fan of Prince's. At the 1985 American Music Awards, the night belonged to Prince. Clark made sure to be present at every rehearsal that Prince had for his performance for "Purple Rain" and when he felt Prince seemed perplexed about how to enter for his performance, Clark suggested Prince be on stage and they would just have barrier rise up to show him along with the band.
Keep in mind, this was Prince's first ever award show appearance and his attention to detail in everything he did was something that Clark saw, appreciated, and admired.
"This kid had the look, the determination, and the talent to be a star. Was he difficult? Yes, but when you saw him perform, you knew it was all worth it," Clark stated in a tribute to Prince in 1998.
Prince received 2 American Music Awards of Merit, one in 1990, and the other in 1995, thanking Dick Clark numerous times during his acceptance speech.
When you were on American Bandstand, you knew you made it. Dick's vision as host and producer was able to survive competition from MTV in the 80's to still be a staple of Americana until the show went off the air in 1989.
Dick Clark died at the age of 82 today from a massive heart attack.-DocFB