Bill Murray capped off a riotous tribute to Saturday Night Live‘s best musical-comedy moments during the sketch show’s 40th anniversary special by reviving Nick Ocean, the famed lounge singer, beloved for his performances of movie themes that have no lyrics.
Accompanied by Paul Shaffer on piano — and clad in a dazzling velour blazer and frilly blue shirt — Murray expanded Jaws‘ famous two-note motif into a spine-tingling, heart-rending ballad about his tortured love affair with with the ocean’s most feared predator.
“You made me a part of you,” Murray pleaded while footage of the shark destroying Quint’s beloved boat plays behind him. “You made me part of you — now Jaws, you’ve found someone new. Why? Jaws? Jaws, why? Wasn’t I enough for you?”
SNL tapped Martin Short and Beyoncé — the latter portrayed by an outrageously on-point Maya Rudolph — to helm their musical-comedy homage. Among the bit’s other highlights were Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer singing “Uptown Funk” as Marty and Bobbi Culp; Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig giggling through another on-the-spot Garth and Kat duet; and Steve Martin’s tastefully brief cameo as the one and only King Tut.
Other musical highlights from Saturday Night Live‘s 40th anniversary special included Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s rousing opening number, which channeled 40 years of famous characters and catchphrases. Paul McCartney also stopped by, playing the Beatles “I’ve Just Seen a Face” with Paul Simon, and then performing “Maybe I’m Amazed.” Later, Miley Cyrus covered Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” and Kanye West performed a suite that featured “Jesus Walks” and two new tunes, “Only One” and “Wolves.”