On April 24, 1976, Saturday Evening Reside producer Lorne Michaels appeared on SNL, which was nevertheless in its infancy, and presented the Beatles the whopping (and beautifully ludicrous) sum of $ three,000 to regroup and execute 3 songs.
“‘She Loves You,’ yeah, yeah, yeah—that’s $ 1,000 proper there,” Michaels stated. “You know the words. It’ll be effortless. Like I stated, this is produced out to ‘The Beatles.’ You [can] divide it anyway you want. If you want to give Ringo [Starr] much less, that’s up to you. I’d rather not get involved.”
As legend has it, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were watching SNL at Lennon’s New York City apartment that evening and seriously considered displaying up on the set.
Sadly, Lennon and McCartney—who seldom (as in, by no means) hung out—decided they have been as well tired to blow a handful of million minds, and the greatest missed chance in rock history became just another “What if?”
On May 22, Michaels addressed the Beatles once once more by way of SNL: “I was in a position to convince NBC to sweeten the pot. John, Paul, George [Harrison] and Ringo—we are now prepared to up the original offer you to $ three,200.” That didn’t perform either.
However, a few months later, on November 20, 1976, to be precise, Harrison appeared on the show to play a handful of songs, gather that original $ three,000 check—and jokingly haggle over income with Michaels.
“See, I believed you would recognize that it was $ three,000 for four individuals, and it would just be $ 750 for every single of you,” Michaels told Harrison backstage as a frantic studio audience watched via monitors. “As far as I am concerned, you can have the complete $ three,000.”
“That is pretty chintzy,” Harrison replied.
Anyway, we never know—or care—how significantly Harrison truly took property that night. We do know he performed and/or ran by means of at least four songs with the show’s host, Paul Simon, two of which aired on national Television. Below, you can watch as Harrison and Simon, guitars in hand, trade vocals on the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” (:25) and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” (three:54)
Although SNL has hosted hundreds of musical guests more than its 40-plus years (which includes, far more than when, McCartney), the Harrison/Simon duets are regarded two of the absolute very best of the bunch, and for great explanation.
There’s something intimate and stunning about the performances spend close focus to Simon’s harmonies on “Right here Comes the Sun,” Harrison’s ethereal lead vocals on “Homeward Bound” and his smooth little pentatonic lick at the quite finish of the clip (we also dig the phantom 7th chord heard for the duration of the final chorus of “Homeward Bound”). And let’s not overlook those groovy sweaters. Take pleasure in!