Today’s blog post is adapted from my old Screen Play radio show on WRUU in Savannah. You will find a Spotify playlist at the bottom of this post. Welcome to Screen Play Now, music from Movies and TV Shows. Today we feature music from a show that has been integral to the music industry for 46 years. Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night!
We are going through the decades from the ’70s till today with musical guests from NBC’s iconic Saturday Night Live or as most of us know it SNL. Our first three songs are from the ’70s with Nothing From Nothing by Billy Preston, The Call by Anne Murray, and Leon Redbone with Big Time Woman.
Nothing From Nothing by Billy Preston was from the very first episode of Saturday Night Live on October 11, 1975. Anne Murray sang The Call on January 10th. 1976, and Big Time Woman by Leon Redbone was performed on February 28, 1976. The original cast of SNL was Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, George Coe who only appeared on the first episode, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, Gilda Radner, and Michael O’Donoghue whose final episode was November 8, 1975.
Next, we leave the 70’s and move into the ’80s. We kick off the next set with Who Will the Next Fool Be by Amazing Rhythm Aces and music icon Stevie Wonder with Go Home.
Who Will the Next Fool Be by Amazing Rhythm Aces was performed on the May 10th episode of SNL in 1980 and Stevie Wonder performed Go Home on May 7th. 1983 SNL episode. The ’80s was a troubled time for SNL. With many cast and crew changes and rumors of cancellation. We now move to 1984 with Goody Two Shoes by Adam Ant, and La Louisiane by Queen Ida And The Bon Temps Zydeco Band from 1985.
Goody Two Shoes by Adam Ant, and La Louisiane by Queen Ida And The Bon Temps Zydeco Band, were from episodes of SNL in 1984 and 1985. Those two songs could not have been more opposite as far as style.
We had an Alternative British followed by a Cajun singer and band. I am not sure there is any show on TV that has provided such an enormous range of musical artists as Saturday Night Live.
Keeping that mix going next up is a country hit Forever and Ever, Amen by Randy Travis and we move on to the ’90s with Zombie by The Cranberries.
Randy Travis sang his hit country song Forever and Ever Amen on SNL’s February 20, 1988 episode. Tom Hanks hosted that show. The Cranberries appeared on the February 25, 1995, episode. The Cranberries were an Irish rock band formed in Limerick, Ireland in 1989. The Cranberries have sold over 40 million albums worldwide as of 2018.
Next up on Screen Play Now’s SNL through the decades’ post is another band from over the pond this time from Manchester, England. It is Oasis with Acquiesce from 1997 and we move to the 2000s with Why Didn’t You Call Me by Macy Gray.
Oasis sang Acquiesce from the October 4, 1997, SNL episode. The cold opening for that show was Will Ferrel and Cheri Oteri as the Sparta cheerleaders. Then we moved to January 15, 2000, with Why Didn’t You Call My by Macy Gray. On that show, Freddie Prinze Jr was the host. Our last two-song are from more recent times on SNL. First is Light On by Maggie Rogers from November 3, 2018, and Blinding Lights by the Weekend from March 7th of this year.
In the words of my all-time, favorite SNL cast member the late Chris Farley “People need time to laugh. It’s up to us to bonk ourselves on the head and slip on a banana peel so the average guy can say, ‘I may be bad, honey, but I’m not as much of an idiot as that guy on the screen.” I think that is especially true today. Please like Screen Play Now on Facebook at https://facebook.com/screenplaynow. Screen Play Now is a Rich Wheeler Media original. Visit us at https://richwheelermedia.com.
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