Perry Como's Christmas Show
Perry Como's Christmas Show from 1974 represents the beloved crooner's decades-long association with holiday television specials that entertained tens of millions of viewers from the 1950s through the 1990s. Unseen anywhere since its one and only CBS-TV broadcast on December 17, 1974, it features the host with special musical guests the Carpenters along with Olympic skating star Peggy Fleming and comedy great Rich Little.
Both Perry and the Carpenters are embraced for their top-selling Christmas music and among the popular favourites featured on this colourful spectacular are Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Como), Toyland (Como), Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (the Carpenters), Sleep Well Little Children (Como and Karen Carpenter) and Carol of the Bells" (Richard Carpenter). Additionally, they team up for a medley of each other's million-selling hits, including Close to You, It's Impossible, And I Love You So and We've Only Just Begun.
Peggy Fleming performs a beautifully choreographed ice skating production of The Christmas Waltz and the entire cast join together for It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas in a scene that recreates the Currier & Ives-style Christmases of old. Perry closes the show with his elaborate Story of Christmas presentation, singing traditional carols including The First Noel, O Come All Ye Faithful and Silent Night, followed by an encore of O Holy Night.
The type of old-fashioned, star-studded and lavishly-produced family TV special that gives viewers a warm, nostalgic glow during the holidays.