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Dick Clark remembered by 'American Bandstand' dancer Hal Laws Landau

Former American Bandstand dancer Hal Laws Landau, left, is seen in an undated photo with an unknown woman, middle, and Dick Clark, right. Clark died of a massive heart attack at the age of 82 on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

April 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Former "American Bandstand" dancer Hal Laws Landau could only feel shock at the news of Dick Clark's death on Wednesday.

Landau hit America's favorite dance floor from 1976 to 1986. He says the years he spent with Clark were one big party and made up the most important chapter of his life.

Landau was at work when he got the call from his sister.

"I was, like, in shock for a while, and then I started getting phone calls left and right, and afterwards I just had to go into the bathroom, and I just went in there and cried, I just couldn't believe it," said Landau. "I cried because it was like, our father. You know I have my dad still alive and my mom, but he was like a second father, he was there for all of us, he loved us, and we loved him."

The American Bandstand Dancers alumni president said despite Clark's wealth, fame and power, he always remained humble and approachable. Landau also remembers how Clark instilled his vibrancy and zest for life into everyone around him.

A memorial service for Clark will be held at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday at noon.