November 12, 1977
Season 3 episode
Episode 51
Season Episode 5
Host Ray Charles
Musical Guest(s) Ray Charles
Song(s) performed by Musical Guest(s) "I Can See Clearly Now"
"What'd I Say?"
"Oh! What A Beautiful Mornin'"
A Medley Of:
"I Got A Woman"
"I Believe to my Soul"
"Them Got That"
"Hit The Road Jack"
Previous Episode October 29, 1977
Next Episode November 19, 1977

The 51st episode of Saturday Night Live was hosted by Ray Charles who also was the musical guest, and performed "I Can See Clearly Now", "What'd I Say?", "Oh! What A Beautiful Mornin'", and a medley of "I Got A Woman", "I Believe to my Soul", "Them Got That", and "Hit The Road Jack". Comedian Franklyn Ajaye and Buck Henry made an appearance.


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Title Image Summary
No More Godfather On NBC No-more-godfather-on-nbc-11-12-77 Don Coreleone (John Belushi) warns Tom Hagen (Bill Murray) that he's had enough.
Montage   Updated for Episode 5
Ray Charles' Monologue Ray-charles-monologue-11-12-77 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" Ray-charles-performs-i-can-see-clearly-now-11-12-77
Carter's Energy Program Carters-energy-program-11-12-77 President Jimmy Carter (Dan Aykroyd) is angry that the American people have ignored his energy program.
Mamorex Mamorex-11-12-77 Ella Fitzgerald (Garrett Morris) tries to fool Ray Charles into thinking her voice recording on a Mamorex audiotape is really her.
The Doody Girls The-doody-girls-11-12-77 Dottie Doody (Laraine Newman) tries to push her widowed sister Debbie (Gilda Radner) back into the dating world.
Tomorrow Tomorrow-11-12-77 Tom Snyder (Dan Aykroyd) stumbles his way through an interview with Ray Charles.
The Young Caucasians The-young-caucasians-11-12-77.jpg 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?" Ray-charles-performs-whatd-i-say-11-12-77
Weekend Update With Jane Curtin & Dan Aykroyd Weekend-update-11-12-77 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 & Hit The Road Jack" Ray-charles-performs-i-believe-in-my-soul-and-hit-the-road-jack-11-12-77
Frankyn Ajaye Franklyn-ajaye-11-12-77 Franklyn Ajaye jokes about reruns of "Star Trek".
Evelyn Woodski Slow Reading Course Elevlyn-woodski-slow-reading-course-11-12-77 Use Evelyn Woodski's slow reading course to read with ease at a managable pace.
Blackout Blackout-11-12-77 Burglars (Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris) face difficultly in robbing Ray Charles in his hotel room when the lights go out.
Next Week Next-week-11-12-77 Buck Henry announces that he's hosting the show next week.
Ray Charles Performs "Oh What A Beautiful Morning Ray-charles-performs-oh-what-a-beautiful-morning-11-12-77
Brother Ray Meets Mr. Mike Brother-ray-meets-mr-mike-11-12-77 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.
Goodnights Goodnights-11-12-77 Ray Charles promises to get Mr. Mike, then sings "On Saturday Night".
Preceded by:
October 29, 1977
Saturday Night Live episode Followed by:
November 19, 1977