Monday’s Music Moves Me: The 1966 “Andy Williams Christmas Special”

Last week, when I found the Dean Martin Christmas Special, I found a whole bunch of others, by different singers and from different years, among them The Andy Williams Christmas Special from 1966. I don’t remember watching this, because I was only 10 and my father was in the hospital, so I think I had other things on my mind. The people he introduces in the first six and a half minutes are his older brothers, Bob, Don, and Dick, with whom he sang early in his career, his parents, Florence and Jay, his wife at the time, singer and actress Claudine Longet, and The Osmond Brothers, who were featured regularly on his weekly show. Enjoy!

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for December 16, 2019.

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20 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: The 1966 “Andy Williams Christmas Special”

  1. I miss these variety shows which were kitsch but so warm and endearing. I think Perry Como is the one who went around the world. I bet if they brought these off the shelves and showcased them on tv again, a lot of people would watch them.

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    1. A couple of the subchannels (Antenna TV, Get TV, This TV etc.) do, in fact. Yes, they’re corny, but this is a corny time of the year. I know of one Perry Como special on YouTube, and I’m sure there are others. His was like the granddaddy of all Christmas specials. I’ll post one next week.

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  2. John,

    I remember the Andy Williams Show and I always liked it when he had the Osmond Brothers on, especially later on with Donnie & Marie. I can see the family resemblance between him and his brothers. That’s really neat how he incorporated the whole family into his program. The Christmas specials were my absolute favorites to watch. Boy, today’s TV programming can use these good old variety shows filled with good mewsic, fun skits, and wholesome values. Thanks for bringing back some distant memories with this YT clip and for joining the 4M crew on the dance floor, my friend!

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  3. Awwww My mother use to watch Andy Williams all the time. Anything musical Mom was glued to the TV. Remember Perry Como? She loved him too! Hey, why did you say You would have to play “Christmas In Heaven”… ??? I’m sorry if I brought up sad memories. Here’s a BIG HUG for you!!!

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  4. I forget what a treasure store You Tube is. Would I have thought of looking for Christmas special? No! I don’t think I saw this particular special but “those were the days,”my music blogging companion!

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    1. I’m surprised he didn’t spend Christmas at his place in Branson, though one doesn’t necessarily preclude the other. It’s not hard to see why he was so popular, and he clearly put a lot of thinking and energy into the live shows.

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