Upcoming Airings of The Johnny Cash Christmas Showclose
About The Johnny Cash Christmas Show
Following the conclusion of his summer variety series in 1976, music icon Johnny Cash began a tradition of annual Christmas specials. This delightful 1977 program was the second.
Recorded before a live audience in Nashville, The Johnny Cash Christmas Show brings together an all-star team of legends. The Man In Black opens the hour with a solo rendition of “Christmas Time’s A-Comin’,” a Bluegrass holiday standard. Then, Johnny and his wife June Carter Cash duet on Darlin’ Companion, which they first recorded on the At San Quentin live album in 1969.
Next, Cash performs “This Ole House” and “Blue Christmas” with The Statler Brothers and The Tennessee Three (Cash’s backing band for more than 25 years). Roy Clark joins Johnny for a tribute to singing cowboy Gene Autry with a medley of his hits, including “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Frosty The Snowman” and “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Next, Cash pays homage to Sun Records with solos by his Sun label mates Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis.
The program concludes with Johnny and June leading a choir for the ages (including The Carter Family) in a medley of hymns (accompanied by footage of the Cash family in the Holy Land). It’s a powerful conclusion to a show that will delight music lovers of all ages.
Produced by Joseph Cates, Chet Hagen and Marty Klein. Music director: Bill