On this day in music history: April 24, 1976 – In a spoof of the numerous financial offers that The Beatles have received to reunite, Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels offers the band a check for $3,000 to play on the show. Ironically on that very evening, Paul McCartney is visiting John Lennon at his apartment at The Dakota in New York City and are watching the live broadcast. The two nearly decide to jump into a taxi and go over to the studio at 30 Rockefeller Plaza to take up Michaels on his offer. But they decide they’re too tired and stay in instead. On November 20, 1976, George Harrison appears on SNL as a musical guest that week (with host Paul Simon). In a taped segment with Lorne Michaels, Harrison will try to collect the $3,000 check on behalf of the group. When Michaels offers only George’s share of the money ($750), Harrison calls the producer “chintzy” before Michaels offers him another $250 to say the show’s opening tag line “Live From New York, It’s Saturday Night!”.
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