American Bandstand: 15 Great Performances from Jackson 5, Prince, Jerry Lee Lewis, Beasties

Dick Clark passed away from a reported heart attack yesterday. He was 82 years old. Known primarily in recent years as the host of New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, music fans will always remember Clark as the long-time host of the iconic music variety show American Bandstand. Aired in various incarnations from 1952 until 1989, the Top 40 showcase (hosted by Clark for an amazing 33 years) introduced American teenagers to everyone from Paul Anka to RUN DMC with over 3,000 episodes in total.

Michael Jackson & The Jackson Shake Your Body, 1979

The Jackson 5/I Want You Back, 1970

Jerry Lee Lewis/Great Balls Of Fire


Captain Beefheart – American Bandstand Phone Interview June 18, 1966

Buddy Holly/Peggy Sue

Beastie Boys/Fight For Your Right To Party

Def Leppard/Photograph + Rock Of Ages

The Doors/Light My Fire

Van Morrison/Brown Eyed Girl

John Travolta Interview, 1976

Michael Jackson/Ben, 1972

BTO – You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

Pink Floyd/Apples And Oranges

Hall & Oates/I Can’t Go For That