Today, April 24, 1974, Lorne Michaels from SNL makes The Beatles an offer they can't refuse...
On the evening that Wings "At The Speed Of Sound" reached number one in the US charts, Paul McCartney paid a visit to John Lennon at the Dakota in New York City.
Lennon was watching the television show NBC's Saturday Night, the late-night comedy show which in 1977 became Saturday Night Live. It was shown on this evening on NBC from 11.30pm-1am Eastern Time; Lennon had tuned in to see appearances by actor Raquel Welch and The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian.
Co-creator and producer Lorne Michaels made occasional appearances on screen. During this particular episode he made a deliberately low on-air offer of $3,000 for The Beatles to reunite on the show. (Please swipe to hear the offer, in two parts)
Michaels was unaware that Lennon and McCartney were both watching NBC that night, and considered making the journey to the Rockefeller Center studio to claim the money.
John, "Paul and I were together watching that show. He was visiting us at our place in the Dakota. We were watching it and almost went down to the studio, just as a gag. We nearly got into a cab, but we were actually too tired...
He and Linda walked in and he and I were just sitting there watching the show, and we went, Ha-ha, wouldn't it be funny if we went down, but we didn't." Paul and Linda left the Dakota as Lennon and Yoko Ono began watching the 1960 science-fiction film The Time Machine. The following day, 25 April 1976, was the final occasion on which Lennon and McCartney saw each other.
The near-reunion later became the basis for the 2000 television drama Two Of Us. It was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who had filmed The Beatles for Let It Be and promo clips for the singles Paperback Writer and Hey Jude, and starred Jared Harris as Lennon and Aidan Quinn as McCartney.
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