People often say that deaths happen in threes and what's exactly what happened this past week. Jonathan Frid, who played vampire Barnabas Collins on the hit mid-60s series Dark Shadows, died aged 87 on April 13; producer and game show host Dick Clark died aged 82 on Wednesday; and Levon Helm, a member of the classic roots rock group The Band, died aged 71 on Thursday.
All three were masters of their respective trades. Here are some highlights from their careers:
Interview with ABBA on American Bandstand
American Bandstand was perhaps Dick Clark's best known work, and he spent over three decades shaping the program. What I think stands out in this clip is how conversational and informal he made his interviews. You don't often see that now-a-days.
Interview with Stevie Wonder on American Bandstand
He interviewed a young Stevie Wonder in 1969.
Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve
For 40 years, Dick Clark counted us down to the new year. He still did it every year despite a 2005 stroke that severely impacted his health and saw the majority of his hosting duties pass on to Ryan Seacrest.
Dark Shadows - Barnabas and Devlin
Dark Shadows gained a much larger following after Frid joined the show. In this classic scene from 1967, Barnabas and Burke Devlin discuss their less-than-forthcoming relationship with each other.
Dark Shadows - Barnabas and Trask
During another episode, Barnabas gives Reverend Trask a just reward for his persecution of Victoria Winters. Another great clip.
Arsenic and Old Lace
Frid was also a Broadway actor. Here he is in the 1986 revival of Arsenic and Old Lace, alongside Jean Stapleton.
Helm was with The Band right up until its second and final breakup in 1999. Here he is in the group's "farewell" concert, The Last Waltz. The Band would re-form seven years later without fellow member Robbie Robertson.
Following the first breakup, Helm launched a solo career. Here is "America's Farm," from his third solo album American Farm.
In 2007 Helm released Dirt Farmer, his first solo studio album since 1982. His final album, Electric Dirt, was released two years later.
What is your favorite moment from the careers of these three men? Let us know in the comments below.