It is hard to believe the clip below is about 50 years old. It shows a moment of Christmas on television like they never show any more. The annual Christmas variety show was a staple for nearly 30 years and all the big stars of music had such shows — Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Perry Como. Andy Williams was called Mr. Christmas because of his many Christmas albums and his annual show. Dean Martin, of course, had a regular show in the late 50s and early 60s and then did an annual Christmas show for years. He was, of course, a member of the Rat Pack and a dear friend of Frank Sinatra. That is part of what makes aRead more
Andy Williams’ Christmas television specials of the 1960s and 1970s were traditional seasonal viewing back in the day and the Osmond brothers practically grew up on those episodes. More or less discovered by Williams after an appearance at Disneyland in the early 1960s the Osmonds went on to a storied career as teen idols and television shows of their own later during the 1970s. In this clip we catch them mid-stride — long before Donnie became an international star or Marie took center stage. It’s great nostalgic stuff:
One of last year’s biggest Christmas television specials was Blake Shelton’s Not-So-Family Christmas. It was seen by millions but who knew then what we know now of the soap opera that has become Blake and Miranda? On day #135 of the Countdown to Christmas we take a wistful look back at not only a year ago knowing that Home for Christmas this year for these two will be…apart: All that drama aside, we almost forget that this isn’t really a Christmas song, it isn’t a country song….and that Shelton does Michael Buble proud.
By Jeff Westover It is a sad story. As his wife lay terminally ill on the couch next to the family Christmas tree Robert May held his young daughter in his lap as they gazed upon a snowy December scene out the window of their Chicago apartment. Barbara, at four years old, knew all too well that things were not normal for her family. “Why?” she asked her father, Robert. “Why is my mommy different from all the other mommies?” For Robert May this heartbreaking question would inspire creation within him. As a copywriter for Montgomery Wards department stores May would use this tender parental moment to create one of the most famous Christmas legends of modern invention . ThereRead more