Long before there was such a thing as a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Dick Clark was the real-time curator, bringing future inductees into America's living rooms right as they first hit the scene. The Beach Boys? Doors? Creedence? Madonna? The Beastie Boys? From 1957 right on up to the advent of the MTV era in the '80s, teenagers (and eternal teenagers) usually caught their first glimpse of whichever stars were just getting their radio breakthroughs on American Bandstand.
Take a look back through the decades at a dozen typical (or, in the case of Johnny Rotten, not-so-typical) Bandstand moments:
JERRY LEE LEWIS
Bandstand was known for usually having its guests lip-synch, but in this archival moment from 1958, the Killer was most assuredly killing it live.
"It's got a good beat and you can dance to it" continues to be a running joke decades after the demise of Bandstand's famous "rate-a-record" feature, in which Clark would ask a boy and girl to grade up-and-coming hitsRead More »from 12 Memorable ‘American Bandstand’ Moments