SNL Transcripts: Ray Charles: 11/12/77


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November 12th, 1977

Ray Charles

Ray Charles

Franklyn Ajaye

Buck Henry

Michael O’Donoghue
No More Godfather On NBCSummary: Don Coreleone (John Belushi) warns Tom Hagen (Bill Murray) that he’s had enough.



Ray Charles’ MonologueSummary: Ray Charles admits that he was relunctant to host the show, but finally agreed when the producers promised he could host from Carnegie Hall.


Ray Charles performs “I Can See Clearly Now”

Carter’s Energy ProgramSummary: President Jimmy Carter (Dan Aykroyd) is angry that the American people have ignored his energy program.

Recurring Characters: President Jimmy Carter.

MamorexSummary: Ella Fitzgerald (Garrett Morris) tries to fool Ray Charles into thinking her voice recording on a Mamorex audiotape is really her.

The Doody GirlsSummary: Dottie Doody (Laraine Newman) tries to push her widowed sister Debbie (Gilda Radner) back into the dating world.

Recurring Characters: Debbie Doody.

TomorrowSummary: Tom Snyder (Dan Aykroyd) stumbles his way through an interview with Ray Charles.

Recurring Characters: Tom Snyder.

The Young CaucasiansSummary: In a Memphis rehearsal hall in 1957, Mr. DeWitt (Garrett Morris) asks Ray Charles to listen to a back-up group who call themselves the Yuong Caucasians (Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Bill Murray, Laraine Newman, Gilda Radner).

Ray Charles performs “What’d I Say”

Weekend Update with Jane Curtin & Dan AykroydSummary: Entertainment correspondent Bill Murray lays criticism to Time Magazine’s review of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.

Ray Charles performs “I Believe in My Soul” and “Hit The Road Jack”

Franklyn AjayeSummary: Franklyn Ajaye jokes about reruns of “Star Trek”.

Evelyn Woodski Slow Reading CourseSummary: Use Evelyn Woodski’s slow reading course to read with ease at a managable pace.


BlackoutSummary: Burglars (Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris) face difficultly in robbing Ray Charles in his hotel room when the lights go out.


Next WeekSummary: Buck Henry announces that he’s hosting the show next week.


Ray Charles performs “Oh What A Beautiful Morning”

Brother Ray Meets Mr. MikeSummary: After Ray Charles and the cast sing “I Can’t Stop Loving You”, Mr. Mike (Michael O’Donoghue) presents Ray with a fake Monet painting.

Recurring Characters: Mr. Mike.


GoodnightsSummary: Ray Charles promises to get Mr. Mike, then sings “On Saturday Night”.


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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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