'Saturday Night Live' Rocks: 25 Greatest Musical Performances

From Nirvana to Queen, we rank the 25 greatest musical performances in the history of 'Saturday Night Live'

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Ray Charles: November 12th, 1977

18. Ray Charles: November 12th, 1977

Host Ray Charles didn't just demonstrate his deft comic chops alongside Dan Aykroyd's Tom Snyder and the cast's whitewashed singing troupe "the Young Caucasians"; he made the show his own. Joined by members of his Fifties horn section and his backup singers, the Raelettes, Charles did rollicking takes of "I Can See Clearly Now," "What'd I Say" and "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning," and led an end-of-show jam along with the cast as a joyous send-off.

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