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1973 The divorce between Elvis and Priscilla Presley is finalized. The two remain close friends and walk out of the Santa Monica courthouse arm in arm.

1971 Rapper MC Lyte is born Lana Michele Moorer in Brooklyn, New York.

1970 Elvis Presley is made an honorary "special" deputy sheriff of Bel Air, California.

1969 Muddy Waters is severely injured in a car crash just outside Chicago that leaves three other passengers dead. Waters will remain absent from music for about a year, and will rarely stand up on stage again.

1969 Grand Funk Railroad's LP On Time enters the charts.

1968 The Beatles record "Savoy Truffle."

1968 Aretha Franklin's "I Say a Little Prayer" is certified gold.

1967 Barbra Streisand's third TV special, The Belle Of 14th Street, airs on CBS.

1965 Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers marries his first wife, Pauline Behan -- the former secretary of his fan club!

1965 The Beatles record "Run For Your Life" and "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)."

1963 The Beatles' "She Loves You" is certified gold.

1962 Scott Johnson (rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist for Gin Blossoms) is born.

1962 The Beatles' "Love Me Do" enters the British charts.

1960 Aretha Franklin plays a selection of standards at the Village Vanguard in New York City. It is Aretha's first non-gospel performance.

1950 Andrew Woolfolk (saxophonist/flautist for Earth, Wind & Fire) is born in Texas.

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Saturday Night Live Debuts With Lots Of Music

1975

Saturday Night - a title later changed to Saturday Night Live - makes its debut on NBC. 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."

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