This Day in Music History — October 11

1973 : The divorce between Elvis and Priscilla Presley is finalized. The two remain close friends and walk out of the Santa Monica courthouse arm in arm.

1975 : Saturday Night Live – at the time called Saturday Night – makes its debut on NBC. Music is a big part of the show, and the first episode features two musical guests performing two songs each: Janis Ian doing “At Seventeen” and “In the Winter,” and Billy Preston playing “Nothing from Nothing” and “Fancy Lady.”

1991 : Apple Computers reaches an agreement with The Beatles’ Apple Corps, paying $26.5 million for the rights to run music software – an update to their 1981 deal that prohibited the computer maker from selling anything music-related. The deal is revised from time to time as Apple Computer makes music a major part of their business.

2003 : Justin Timberlake makes his first appearance on Saturday Night Live, doing double-duty as host and musical guest. It’s the first of many appearances he will make on the show through the coming years; his sketches will eventually grow to include a Bee Gees parody, a sketch about dating Lady Gaga, a bailiff in a courtroom trial of an alligator, “the Target lady,” appearing in drag onstage with Beyoncé, and the infamous “Dick in a Box” sketch.

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