"American Bandstand," the bedrock of Dick Clark's iconic broadcasting career, served as a performance avenue for some of the biggest musical artists of all time. And whether he was watching the Village People guide the "Bandstand" crowd through "YMCA" or introducing a hot new act called The Jackson 5 for the first time, Clark was the unflappable captain of the variety show for over thirty years, and left an indelible impression on its audience.
To celebrate Clark's "Bandstand" legacy following his passing at age 82 on early Wednesday (April 18), check out 10 classic moments of Clark on the show below -- and be sure to look for a certain "American Idol" judge in the Michael Bolton clip.
Dick Clark Introduces The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back"
Dick Clark Interviews Stevie Wonder
Dick Clark Introduces The Beach Boys' "Don't Worry Baby"
Dick Clark Interviews Michael Bolton
Dick Clark Introduces ABBA's "SOS"
Dick Clark Interviews The Village People
Dick Clark Introduces The Commodores' "Nightshift"
Dick Clark Interviews Van Morrison
Dick Clark Introduces Janet Jackson's "Don't Stand Another Chance"/"Dream Street"
Dick Clark Interviews John Travolta