Dick Ebersol fashioned the idea. Lorne Michaels brought it to life. And everything changed.
Saturday Night – a title later changed to Saturday Night Live – makes its debut on NBC with host George Carlin. Music is a big part of the show, and the first episode features two musical guests performing two songs each: Janis Ian doing “At Seventeen” and “In the Winter,” and Billy Preston playing “Nothing from Nothing” and “Fancy Lady.”