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Friday October 02, 2015

From Entertainment Weekly

41 most memorable SNL musical performances
By: KYLE ANDERSON, ARIANA BACLE , ERIC RENNER BROWN , DANA ROSE FALCONE, WILL ROBINSON, MADISON VAIN

It wasn’t far into its first season in 1975 that Saturday Night Live established itself as a musical tastemaker as well as a laugh factory. Since then, its become a platform for amazing introductions to new artists like Sam Smith, who made his U.S. late night debut at studio 8H, as well as a place for long-established legends to perform profound sonic nostalgia, like Jay-Z’s career-spanning medley or Mick Jagger’s trip through the Stones catalog.

On the eve of its 41st season premiere — which will feature Miley Cyrus as its host and musical guest— we remember our 41 favorite performances…

Paul Simon with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” (1986)
Simon continued to be an SNL stalwart. To celebrate the release of his chart-busting and Grammy-winning comeback album Graceland, Simon showed up in 1986 with South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo for the warm, lilting single “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes,” an exceptional song given an even better spectacle. —KA

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