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11/29/2012 01:54 pm ET

Dick Clark Style Evolution: He Was 'America's Oldest Teenager' But He Liked A Suit And Tie (PHOTOS)

Before there was MTV, America relied on one man to find out what they should be listening to: Dick Clark. As the host of "American Bandstand" for 33 years he is credited with bringing rock and roll to the masses, helping end segregation and jumpstarting the careers of Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder and Simon and Garfunkel , among many others. He also became an icon of the new wave of "youth culture" in the '50s and '60s which earned him the nickname "America's Oldest Teenager."

He may be more well known for his standout personality than making a statement with his clothes, but he certainly had a distinct sense of style: Slicked-back hair and a suit and tie. In this case, it paid to be "square" because not only did his clean-cut look make the parents of kids shimmying to Chubby Checker less nervous, Clark never fell out of style. And Clark's "New Year's Rockin' Eve" at Times Square and American Music Awards shows are still cornerstones of American culture even after his passing at age 82.

In celebration of what would have been Dick Clark's 83rd birthday on Friday (November 30th), we're taking a look back at this entertainment mogal's most memorable looks. Vote for your favorite in the slideshow below.

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Dick Clark Style Evolution

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