Dick Clark's Live Wednesday

NBC (ended 1978)


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Episode Guide


  • Season 1
    • December 27, 1978
      December 27, 1978
      Episode 13

      In the series finale, Dick Clark's guests include ex-Beatle Pete Best, singer/guitarist Trini Lopez, Sarah Dash, Vegas lounge comic Cork Proctor, singer Melissa Manchester and, in pre-recorded segements, comic impressionist David Frye and the Marquis Chimps.
      David Frye does impressions including Nixon, Kissinger and Rodney Dangerfield at The Comedy Store.

    • December 20, 1978
      December 20, 1978
      Episode 12
      Dick Clark's guests include drummer Buddy Rich, singer Bobbie Gentry, comic Bobby Kelton, and vocal team Marily McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. Rich performs a duet on the skins with a 6-year-old drummer.
    • December 13, 1978
      December 13, 1978
      Episode 11

      Dick Clark's guests include vocalist Tony Orlando and comedian Rodney Dangerfield.
      Highlights include a standup routine from Dangerfield, and a tribute to late singer Bobby Darin on the fifth anniversary of his death.

    • December 6, 1978
      December 6, 1978
      Episode 10

      Dick Clark's guests include singer Paul Anka, comedian Nipsey Russell, and female impersonator Jim Bailey.
      Russell performs a standup comedy routine.

    • November 29, 1978

      Dick Clark's guests include vocal group Peter, Paul and Mary, comedian Andy Kaufman, composer Sammy Cahn, vocalist Connie Francis, and singer Glen Campbell.
      Cahn is featured in a segment recorded in a Los Angeles piano bar; Kaufman does his "immigrant doing bad impressions" routine; Francis performs a disco version of her hit "Where the Boys Are."

    • November 15, 1978

      Dick Clark's guests included vocalist Johnny Mathis, musical group ABBA, comic Buddy Hackett, singer Neil Sedaka, comic actor Harvey Korman, impressionist David Frye, and photographer Francesco Scavullo.
      Featured were Hackett and Korman doing Abbott and Costello's "Who's On First" bit, Frye perfoming stand up live at The Comedy Store, and Scavullo introducing several models he thought would make it big.

    • November 8, 1978
      November 8, 1978
      Episode 7
      Dick Clark's guests include vocalists Tom Jones and Aretha Franklin, comedians David Steinberg and Milton Berle, Steve Allen, and illusionist Morlock.
      Tom Jones performs "Livin' in the U.S.A." and "As You Turn Away"; a birthday salute to Mickey Mouse; David Steinberg's classic psychiatrist sketch with Dick; a salute to 15 years of Rolling Stones records; Steve Allen plays piano while both are levitated by Morlock; Berle performs "September Song" then does a stand-up bit Steinberg who destroys his outfit with scissors, and seltzer; Aretha sings "You Light Up My Life" and "Respect"; Dick chats with Gaylord Perry in audience then he's hit with a pie by Berle.moreless
    • November 1, 1978
      November 1, 1978
      Episode 6

      Dick Clark's guests include 50s TV comic Pinky Lee, actress/singer Rita Moreno, comedian David Brenner, comic pianist Victor Borge, and singer Crystal Gayle.
      Borge introduces a piece by Chopin, but he never quite gets around to playing it.

    • October 25, 1978
      October 25, 1978
      Episode 5
      Dick Clark's guests include stand-up comic Jay Leno, actress Raquel Welch, disco group Meco, stuntman Dar Robinson, and rock group Chicago. Musical highlights include Chicago performing "Alive Again".
    • October 19, 1978
      October 19, 1978
      Episode 4

      Dick Clark's guests include singers Donna Summer and Engelbert Humperdinck, actor Telly Savalas and TV legend Sid Caesar.
      Musical highlights include Summer performing "Last Dance" and "MacArthur Park" and Humperdinck singing "After the Lovin'". Caesar does standup portraying a chewing gum machine, a slot machine, and a restroom towel machine.

    • October 4, 1978
      October 4, 1978
      Episode 3

      Dick Clark's guests include comic/actor Jimmy Walker, composer Paul Williams, comedian Billy Crystal, stuntman Steve Baker and musical group The Village People.
      In highlights, eight Elvis impersonators do a salute to "The King"; Baker attempts to escape from a locked box as a speeding car aims towards him; a look at the popular world of disco; Walker does a standup routine at The Comedy Store and Crystal performs live in the studio.

    • September 27, 1978
      Dick Clark's guests include singer Natalie Cole, stuntman Steve Baker, Suzanne Somers, vocalist Barry Manilow, and actress Melissa Gilbert. Manilow performs his hits "Copacabana" and "Ready to Take a Chance Again" in a segment recorded at the Philadelphia Spectrum; Baker attempts one of Houdini's underwater escapes; Somers joins Clark for a review of popular Hollywood pin-up girls; Cole sings "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".moreless
    • September 20, 1978
      The series premiered with guests including Tiny Tim, Eric Estrada from CHiPs, Diana Ross, comedian Johnny Yune, singer Ricky Nelson, teen vocalists Jimmy and Kristy McNichol, and the L.A. Rams Cheerleaders.
      The McNichol siblings sang "He's a Dancer", and stuntman Dar Robinson jumped on a trampoline that was suspended 300 feet in the air by a helicopter.
      The finale was a music "supergroup" made up of conductors Paul Williams and Doc Severinsen, Charlie Daniels, Marvin Hamlisch, Hot, Chuck Berry, Charlie Rich, Frankie Avalon, Doug Kershaw, Walter Murphy, Eddie Money, Pete Best, Elvin Bishop, Donald Byrd, Stanley Clarke, Jim Seals and Dash Crofts (Seals & Crofts), Hoyt Axton, Rick Danko, Johnny Rivers, Mongo Santamaria, Bo Diddley, James Guercio, Nigel Olsson (from the Elton John Band), and Billy Preston.moreless