Dick Clark‘s television career spanned most of the medium’s history. And thankfully, a lot of it has been collected online, so we can look back at “American Bandstand,” long-past “New Year’s Rockin’ Eves” and more.
Clark, who died Wednesday (April 18) at the age of 82, hosted “Bandstand,” “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” several incarnations of the game show “Pyramid” and “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes,” among others, over an on-camera career that started in the mid-1950s. He also produced those shows (except for “Pyramid”) and dozens of other series and specials, including the Golden Globes, the American Music Awards and “So You Think You Can Dance,” through his Dick Clark Productions.
He’ll probably be most associated with “Bandstand,” which he hosted for more than 30 years and earned him the nickname “America’s Oldest Teenager.” Below are three clips from the show: Introducing Link Wray‘s “Rawhide” (probably from 1959), interviewing Stevie Wonder in 1969 and talking with a young John Travolta in 1976.
Next up is the ball drop from the first “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special, which ushered in 1973. Note that Clark (who’s only heard, not seen) doesn’t do the countdown we now associate with the broadcast (and also the rather funky version of “Auld Lang Syne”).
Finally, for the man who co-created “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes,” are two gaffes Clark himself made as host of “Pyramid” in the mid-1980s. Rest in peace, Mr. Clark.