Saturday, November 24, 2012
IT'S BEGINING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE XMAS ON TV - THE ANDY WILLIAMS CHRISTMAS SHOW - NBC-TV - CIRCA 1963-71
Once upon a Yuletide ,Johnny Carson,the now departed King of Late Night Television, once joked on NBC's TONIGHT SHOW, that you can tell it's Christmas-time in Hollywood, because the stars are all trying to get custody of their kids, so they can tape their Holiday Specials.
Funny and in some cases, true.
In the 1960's three musical stars collected their respective families,and produced December specials that shone brightly in network, prime time, each year :
Bing Crosby, Perry Como and Andy Williams.
All three verstile and iconic performers hold an honored place in the video vault as Television legends.
But with the unfortunate passing of Andy Williams, some months back, there is likely to be a renewed interest in his vintage, holiday offerings.
Produced in vivid, LIVING COLOR at NBC's cavernous Burbank Stages, with intricate musical numbers, dynamic choreography and ,often,complex , studio-based,ice skating sequences, they were a welcome gift from the Peacock network to the Yuletide audience.
These classic episodes meet the test of time,garnering significant audience as a part of PBS pledge week programming, growing in DVD sales and warmly recalled as a television tradition.
Here, from the MUSICGUY64 YOU TUBE site, is a Holiday sampler from Andy Williams and company.
Happy Holidays and Enjoy!!!:)