Dick Clark: 40 Years of New Year's Rockin' Eve

From Rick James to Mariah Carey to Justin Bieber, take a look back at the performers who helped the TV legend party it up

  • 1979: RICK JAMES photo | Rick James

Credit: Dick Clark Media Archive

Updated: Tuesday Dec 27, 2011 | 01:00 PM EST By: Kiran Hefa

1979: RICK JAMES

Rick James first hit the stage of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve in 1979, the show's seventh consecutive year on the air. He made two more appearances in the '80s, memorably performing "Superfreak" in 1982.