The Dick Cavett Show
When Dick Cavett joined the late-night talk show parade in 1969, his intelligent wit pumped a much-needed breath of fresh air into the format. The Dick Cavett Show also became the late-night home of rock 'n' roll, with a guest list that reads like a who's who of the era's top performers.
Rock Icons: July 18,1969 Janis Joplin
This broadcast came right in the middle of the recording sessions for Janis Joplin's first album with her new band the Kozmic Blues Band.
Rock Icons: August 19, 1969 Jefferson Airplane
The Jefferson Airplane perform "Somebody to Love" with David Crosby as well as the politically charged anthems "Volunteers" and "We Can Be Together."
Rock Icons: June 25, 1970 Janis Joplin
When Janis Joplin returned to the show nearly a year after her previous visit, she again came with a new band.
Rock Icons: July 13, 1970 Sly and the Family Stone
Sly and the Family Stone perform their #1 hit "Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Again)" followed by an interview that can best be described as odd.
Rock Icons: August 3, 1970 Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin's final appearance on the show came just two months before her death. Joplin performs "Half Moon" and "My Baby."
Rock Icons: August 11, 1970 Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder performs "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" and "Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer."
Rock Icons: September 11, 1971 John Lennon and Yoko Ono
This interview was Lennon's first on American television since the breakup of The Beatles the year before.
Rock Icons: September 24, 1971 John Lennon and Yoko Ono
John and Yoko return to the show through the miracle of videotape with additional segments from their previous appearance.
Rock Icons: November 23, 1971 George Harrison
George Harrison shows a film clip of his performance of "Bangla Desh" from The Concert For Bangladesh, and plays guitar with Gary Wright and Wonderwheel.
Rock Icons: May 11, 1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono
John and Yoko return to the Cavett stage and perform live.
Rock Icons: June 26,1972 Ray Charles
Ray Charles' first appearance on The Dick Cavett Show followed the release of his album A Message From The People, which had come out in April.
Rock Icons: January 26, 1973 Ray Charles
Ray's second appearance on The Dick Cavett Show. As promised during his first visit, Ray returns and is Cavett's only guest.
Rock Icons: July 9, 1973 Ray Charles
Ray's third and final visit is capped off by his third - and to some ears, mercifully final - duet with Cavett on "Am I Blue."
Rock Icons: September 5, 1974 Paul Simon
The last of Paul Simon's three appearances on the show is a magnificent showcase of musical performances. He opens the show with a solo rendition of "American Tune."
Rock Icons: December 5, 1974 David Bowie
A rare interview at the time for David Bowie, plus performances of "1984" and "Young Americans."
Rock Icons: October 4, 1991 Billy Joel
Dick Cavett interviews Billy Joel in Montauk for part one of a two part interview.
Rock Icon: October 5, 1991 Billy Joel pt 2
The conclusion of Billy Joel's interview with Dick Cavett in Montauk
Rock Icons: December 30,1970 Little Richard
Host Dick Cavett welcomes guests actress Rita Moreno, singer Little Richard, author-critic John Simon, screenwriter Robert Kaufman of "I Love My Wife" and ballerina Natalia Markorova.
Rock Icons: August 4, 1972 Mick Jagger
Host Dick Cavett welcomes guests The Rolling Stones in a special pre-taped segment and chess champion Bobby Fischer.
Rock Icons: June 12, 1980 Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa returns to The Dick Cavett Show to discuss Punk Rock, New Wave and Disco.
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