Kal Rudman: “He took me under his wing” – Music Publisher Remembers His Friend Dick Clark

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Kal Rudman, known around the world as “the man with the golden ears” and the uncanny ability to pick hit songs, owes much of his own success in the music-industry to the late Dick Clark.

Rudman, a philanthropist and publisher of six national music-industry trade journals, including the well-known Friday Morning Quarterback, said Clark took him “under his wing” when they both started out.

“Dick Clark took me under his wing professionally, which we both knew not to make public,” Rudman said on Wednesday afternoon on the phone from his Cherry Hill home in New Jersey – just minutes after learning his friend Dick Clark had lost his life.

“Dick Clark gave me an explosive start to become known as the “man with the golden ears” and establish the Friday Morning Quarterback, record pop music and the rest of my broadcasting career coast-to-coast.”

Rudman, 82, remembers discussing many songs with Clark that went on to become hits.

Rudman recalls “Cowboys to Girls” (One of the first Gamble and Huff hit records) by the Intruders as one he fondly remembers talking with Clark about before it became a hit record.

“Since I talked with many of the program Flash Music Directors across the country, we could exchange valuable information and tips,” Rudman said.

“Dick Clark was the force that enabled the then “baby” Philadelphia music scene, and it escalated exponentially to one of the most important centers in the United States.”

Rudman says he had known Dick Clark since he worked on WFIL radio.

Rudman was speaking from his home in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, where he resides with his wife Lucille.

Rudman said he communicated with Clark when he could, but his friend felt “uncomfortable talking on the telephone” after his stroke in 2004.

Rudman, who only recently overcame heart surgery himself, believes Clark will be known as one of the great “immortal composers”.

“Dick Clark at the start of teenage pop music radio format became by far the largest foundation stone of the entire symbiotic radio and record industries,” Rudman said.

“Immortal Composers and total creators of legendary hit records (as in movies, books, inventors, CEO’s) also automatically enter the world of unique recognition.”

Dick Clark, the television host, who helped bring rock `n’ roll into the mainstream on “American Bandstand,” died today. He was 82.

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