During Christmastime 1948, NBC had their radio program "Chesterfield Supper Club
" - hosted by Perry Como - simulcast on television. The experiment was a success, and further simulcasts happened until the network simply moved the program to television straight-out. Como made a deal in 1950 to bring the show to CBS as "The Perry Como Chesterfield Show
," and in 1955 it moved back to NBC as simply "The Perry Como Show
." And the show has ultimately been known by that name throughout TV history...even though in 1959 the official title changed again, to "Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall
," which it would remain until being cancelled in 1966-67.
Following the cancellation of The Perry Como Show
, the titular star began appearing in fairly regular TV specials (just like NBC did with Como's fellow TV pioneer funnyman, Bob Hope, after his show was ended). The most famous and well-received of these specials was his 1974 holiday entry on CBS: "Perry Como's Christmas Show
." The show included appearances by The Carpenters, comedian Rich Little and champion figure skater Peggy Fleming. This special was nominated for two Emmy Awards, winning one of them.
Now MPI Home Video has announced that it will bring Perry Como's Christmas Show
to DVD on November 5th
. It's the first-ever release on disc for this classic holiday production! This single-disc entry will run 52 minutes, and is priced at $14.98 SRP. Cover art for the DVD package is below, along with an Amazon.com pre-order button link. But first up is the official product description provided to us by MPI themselves:
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, PERRY COMO'S CHRISTMAS SHOW presents the host with special musical guests THE CARPENTERS along with Olympics skating star PEGGY FLEMMING and comedy great RICH LITTLE.
Both PERRY COMO and THE CARPENTERS are embraced for their top-selling Christmas music and among the popular favorites featured on this colorful spectacular are "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" (Como), "Toyland" (Como), "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" (The Carpenters), "Sleep Well Little Children" (Como & Karen Carpenter) and "Carol Of The Bells" (Richard Carpenter). Additionally, Perry and The Carpenters team for a medley of each others' million-selling hits, including "Close To You," "It's Impossible," "Yesterday Once More," "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 "The First Noel," "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Silent Night," followed by an encore with "O Holy Night." PERRY COMO'S CHRISTMAS SHOW is the type of old-fashioned, star-studded and lavishly-produced family TV special that gives viewers a warm, nostalgic glow at the holidays.