24. Sun Ra: May 20th, 1978
In a move that would be almost unfathomable today, SNL let avant-jazz legend Sun Ra and his Arkestra close out Season Three; dressed like space-traveling pharaohs, they delivered a free-form mind warp. "The Tonight Show would have Crosby, Stills and Nash in 1987. They would wait until there was no danger at all," said Lorne Michaels about SNL's early years. "We were just putting on the music we were listening to."