Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve: Ringing In The New Year Since '73

By Jacob Shelton
Publicity photo of Dick Clark for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 1974. Source: NBCU Photo Bank

For millions of people without plans and traditionalists alike, Dick Clark’s New Year's Rockin' Eve has been a holiday tradition since 1973. Even before then, Dick Clark was holding court for the young folks on American Bandstand, but the highlight of his year since the early '70s came on New Year's Eve.

Clark’s New Year’s Eve show brought a semblance of normalcy to a crazy night. The show featured various talking heads, musical performances, and the ball drop in Times Square that everyone loves. Even after Clark passed away in 2012 the show continued on without him, What began as a way to draw some eyes from another show on New Year’s Eve ended up turning into an annual tradition that shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. 

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