Can You Identify These Saturday Night Live Guest Stars From a Photo?

Kennita Leon

Which musical guest is this?

Elton John made his first appearance on the longtime television show, Saturday Night Live, early in its run. He performed the song "Empty Garden," which he wrote in honor of his friend, John Lennon, who was murdered.

Is this SNL guest Queen or Green Day?

For the first episode of season 8 of Saturday Night Live, the legendary rock band, Queen, performed hit songs such as "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." It was the last performance in the US with Freddie Mercury as their band leader.

Who are these guys?

The Kinks were one of the leading rock bands of the 1960s. On the second episode of Season 7 of Saturday Night Live, the rock band had a musical performance, with Susan Saint James as the host.

Who is this '80s SNL performer?

Grammy award-winning singer Lionel Richie is a timeless artist who has sold millions of records and performed on many stages. This includes his performance as a guest artist on Saturday Night Live in December 1982.

What is this performer's name?

The mystical Stevie Nicks is known for her unique stage persona and successful career. In 1983, she performed on Saturday Night Live on season 8 of the show.

Can you name this SNL guest?

On May 22, 1982, Olivia Newton-John performed on and hosted the television show, Saturday Night Live. This singer/songwriter is known for her performance of the hit single "You're the One that I Want" with John Travolta for the 1978 film, Grease.

True or false: This picture shows the Grateful Dead on SNL.

The 1965 American rock band, Grateful Dead, took to the stage for Saturday Night Live in November 1978. They performed many of their popular records such as "Casey Jones" and "Good Lovin."

Who is this SNL guest?

Rock n' roll artist Billy Idol rocked the stage at Saturday Night Live in 1984, where he performed his hit single "Rebel Yell" off his 1983 studio album of the same name.

Can you identify who this is?

1970s rock band, The Cars, are known for their hit songs "Drive" (1984) and "Just What I Needed" (1978). They performed on Saturday Night Live in December 1984 for its ninth season.

Does this picture show Cher on SNL?

Following her iconic 1965 performance of the hit record "I Got You, Babe," with her former husband, Sonny Bono, Cher, quickly rose to fame as a female artist. She has sold over 90 million records and won Golden Globe and Grammy Awards.

Which musical guest is this?

The Allman Brothers Band was one of the most influential rock bands of the 70s. In 1982, they performed for Season 7 Episode 9 of Saturday Night Live.

Is this David Bowie or Billy Joel?

Billy Joel is also known as "Piano Man," in reference to his first single and major hit song which was released in 1973. The American artist also graced the stages of Saturday Night Live in 1981 for its 7th season.

Who are these guys?

Run-DMC was a hip hop group that performed on season 12 of Saturday Night Live in 1986. In 2004, this influential hip hop group was added to Rolling Stone's "greatest musical artists of all time," ranking at #48.

Who is this '80s SNL performer?

Luther Vandross was an African American multi-Grammy award-winning artist who sold over 30 million records worldwide. In 1982, he performed on Episode 12 of Saturday Night Live's seventh season.

What is this group's name?

The Commodores band appeared on episode 15 of Saturday Night Live's tenth season. This funk/soul band won a Grammy for their hit single "Nightshift" in 1986.

Can you name these SNL guests?

The B-52s is a 1976 musical band that consisted of artists such as Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson as founding members. They performed "Dance This Mess Around" and "Rock Lobster" for their 1980 performance on Saturday Night Live.

True or false: this picture shows Frank Ocean on SNL.

Trinidadian national, Billy Ocean is a successful artist known for his 1985 worldwide hit "When The Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going." The Caribbean native performed on Saturday Night Live in 1985 for its tenth season.

Who is this SNL guest?

Duran Duran is a 1970s musical band that has sold over 90 million records worldwide. In 1983, they appeared on season 8 of Saturday Night Live.

Can you identify who this is?

Iconic jazz artist Miles Davis is described by Rolling Stone as "the most revered jazz trumpeter of all time, not to mention one of the most important musicians of the 20th century." In 2006, Miles was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Does this picture show My Chemical Romance on SNL?

In 1982, rock artist John Mellencamp performed his hit song, "Hurts so Good" on Saturday Night Live. The latter earned him a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance(male) in 1983.

Which musical guest is this?

In 1981, Rod Stewart appeared as the musical guest for the debut episode of Season 7 of Saturday Night Live. Stewart, a multi-Grammy Award nominee, was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Is this Meatloaf or Barb Best?

Michael Aday, also known as Meat Loaf, is the artist behind one of the best-selling albums ever- Bat Out of Hell. The musical genius appeared on the 7th episode of Season 7 of Saturday Night Live.

Who is this woman?

Musical icon Anita Baker captured everyone with her award-winning single, "Sweet Love," in 1986. A year later, in 1987, she appeared on Season 12 of Saturday Night Live.

Who is this '80s SNL performer?

On November 20th, 1976, Paul Simon doubled as a musical guest and host on Saturday Night Live. He sang "Here Comes the Sun" and "Homeward Bound" with his pal and musical legend, George Harrison.

What is this performer's name?

Founding member of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, performed on the 14th season of Saturday Night Live in 1988. This English musician has won 3 Grammys and been nominated for 14.

Can you name this SNL guest?

"Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason" are two of the hit singles sung by African American artist Tracy Chapman. Chapman has also performed on Season 15 of Saturday Night Live in 1988.

True or false: This picture shows Al Green on SNL.

Soul singer Al Green, performed on Saturday Night Live in 1986. This timeless artist is known for soulful tracks such as "Tired of Being Alone" and "Love and Happiness."

Who is this SNL guest?

Country music artist, Dolly Parton, is recognized by her good looks and her big blonde hair. Parton is also an actress and songwriter, and is known for composing the worldwide hit, "I Will Always Love You," sung by Whitney Houston.

Can you identify who this is?

E.G. Daily performed her debut single "Say It, Say It," for season 11 of Saturday Night Live in 1986. This particular episode (#17) also featured Level 42 as a guest as well as Marvin Hagler and Jimmy Breslin as the hosts.

Does this picture show The Beatles on SNL?

Pul McCartney rose to fame as a singer and bass guitarist of The Beatles. As part of his guest appearance on Saturday Night Live in 1993, he sang their song "Hey Jude," along with a few of his own.

Which musical guest is this?

In 1980, Gary Newman starred as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live. He performed his 1979 debut single "In Cars" and the 1995 song "Praying to the Aliens" as part of his performance for that show.

Is this TLC or The Pretenders?

The 1970s rock band, The Pretenders, was Steve Guttenberg's guest on season 12 of Saturday Night Live in 1986. Chrissie Hynde is recognized as one of the founders of this band.

Who is this man?

Reggae artist, Jimmy Cliff brought his unique musical style to Saturday Night Live's audience in 1976 for the show's first season. Dick Cavett hosted this episode (#12).

Who is this '80s SNL performer?

"The Queen of Soul," also known as Aretha Franklin, started off from humble begins and transformed into a revered musical artist. In 1980, she appeared as a musical guest for the third episode of season 6 of Saturday Night Live.

What is this performer's name?

In 2010, The Sunday Times described Sade as "Britain's most successful female solo artist. "The singer/ songwriter graced the stage of Saturday Night Live for its 11th season (episode 5).

Can you name these SNL guests?

The Bus Boys announced their comeback into the musical arena with the release of their 2000 album "The Boys Are Back in Town." They also performed a track of the same name at Saturday Night Live in 1983.

True or false: this picture shows Neil Patrick Harris on SNL.

In 1992, Neil Young captured the Saturday Night Live audience with his captivating performance of "Harvest Moon." This rock artist also performed on the show in 1989 and 2005.

Who is this SNL guest?

In 1991, Sting the rock artist took to the stage of Saturday Night Live as both the host and guest artist. The 16-time Grammy Award winner performed his songs "Mad About You" and "All This Time."

Can you identify who this is?

Living Color is a rock band that performed on Saturday Night Live in 1989. This rock group is noted for their signature song "Cult of Personality' and also for their crafty lyrics that shed light on hot-button issues.

What age was LL Cool J for his first performance on SNL?

In October 1987, 19-year-old LL Cool J brought hip-hop on stage to the audience of Saturday Night Live. "Go Cut Creator Go" was his song of choice for that memorable performance.

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About This Quiz

Saturday Night Live, or SNL for short, is a variety show that was created by a man named Lorne Michaels (he also created The Tonight Show). Premiering on NBC way back in the mid-1970s, the show was meant to include comedic sketches of everything that was going on in the country- which would, of course, include politics. With early cast members like Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, the show has managed to sustain itself and its massive following to now include stars like the hilarious Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. But what would all that laughter be if we didn't have people to serenade us afterward?

This is why we want to see how well you remember the show back in the day, and which stars appeared on it. We have the likes of musical royalty like Queen, Keith Richards and Aretha Franklin and rock gods like The Grateful Dead. But can you identify them from pictures that were taken way back when?

If you're a huge SNL fan who has been watching old re-runs and binge-watching previous episodes for a while now, then this is the quiz for you. Come see how many of these musical legends you can identify. 

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