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.”
“I’m Gumby, dammit!”
Eddie Murphy will return to host SNL’s Christmas episode on December 21st. Other confirmed hosts include Woody Harrelson and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
May 18, 1996 ~ Soundgarden appear on SNL …
April 24, 1976 ~ Lorne Michaels takes a shot at getting The Beatles to get back together.
(Paul and Linda were visiting John and Yoko in NY and actually – for a few short minutes John and Paul actually thought about taking a cab to the SNL studios.)
A few weeks later, The Quiet One shows up … and wants his $3000.
Originally, Jake and Elwood were a simple warm-up for the audience before the live shows. But the reaction led them to appear on the actual live broadcast on April 22, 1978. They go on to be the first from the SNL cast to have their own movie. Their albums sell in the millions. They were — on a mission from God.
April 13, 1996 ~
Minutes before Rage Against The Machine is to take the stage, the band has their roadies place upside down US Flags on the amps in protest of American politics (presidential candidate Steve Forbes is the guest host.)
The SNL police rip the flags down, the band plays and then is unceremoniously escorted out of the building, forfeiting a second song.