Upcoming Airings of Perry Como's Christmas Showclose
About Perry Como's Christmas Show
Honey voiced crooner Perry Como graced TV screens during the Christmas season for more than forty years, first as the host of a long-running weekly musical-variety series and later as the star (and producer) of ambitious holiday specials.
In this 1974 program, contemporary viewers can get a glimpse of Como in his natural habitat: as host of a traditional variety show. From his opening monologue, to goofy comedy routines with impressionist Rich Little, songs by Karen Carpenter and Richard Carpenter, and a choreographed skating number by Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming (accompanied by animated penguins), Como is an effortless and joyful emcee. (Watch for the moment when he cracks up at an ad-lib by a child actor. It’s infectiously sweet.)
One of the secrets to Como’s longevity was his ability to reinterpret popular hits for his jazzy, understated style. And that talent is on display here, as Perry and Karen Carpenter alternate vocals on some of the Carpenters’ biggest hits, including “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Close to You.” Karen also performs a soulful rendition of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and “It’s Impossible,’ the 1971 single that marked Perry’s return to to the Billboard Top 10 at age 59.
Produced and directed by Nick Vanoff for Roncom Productions