via PBS and Jonas PR: Gavin MacLeod and Marion Ross host A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS, a nostalgic celebration of traditional carols and popular holiday standards that also features vintage TV performances by Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, The Carpenters, and other music legends. The latest entry in the popular MY MUSIC series, A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS premieres Saturday 11/16 on most PBS stations, with replays throughout November and December

Music legend Ronnie Spector performs “Sleigh Ride” as part of A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS, premiering Saturday 11/16 on most PBS stations

There’s nothing more joyful and heartwarming than the familiar songs of the Yuletide season. Old-fashioned favorites celebrated through the generations performed by legendary artists are featured in A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS, the latest edition of PBS’ popular MY MUSIC series of specials. A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS premieres Saturday, November 16, 2019 on most PBS stations (check local listings), with encore broadcasts throughout November and December.

Hosted by Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat) and Marion Ross (Happy Days), this nostalgic special spotlights traditional carols (“Silent Night,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”) as well as popular standards (“White Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”), children’s tunes (“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty The Snowman,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”) and romantic selections (“The Christmas Song,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Merry Christmas Darling”).

Among the great artists featured in rare, archival footage from the 1950s through the 1970s are Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, The Carpenters, Andy Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, Gene Autry, Brenda Lee, Burl Ives, Mitzi Gaynor, The Beach Boys, The Lennon Sisters, Eddy Arnold, Mahalia Jackson, The Harry Simeone Chorale, Jimmy Boyd, Jose Feliciano, and The Drifters plus a special brand new performance by Ronnie Spector.

For the first-time ever, these iconic singers and timeless performances spanning the decades are brought together in a festive special for families of all ages to share and enjoy.

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2 Responses to via PBS and Jonas PR: Gavin MacLeod and Marion Ross host A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS, a nostalgic celebration of traditional carols and popular holiday standards that also features vintage TV performances by Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, The Carpenters, and other music legends. The latest entry in the popular MY MUSIC series, A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS premieres Saturday 11/16 on most PBS stations, with replays throughout November and December

  1. John LaRocco says:

    I cannot find any evidence to suggest that this is NOT a current, newly produced program. Of course all of the clips have been garnered from productions over the ages. Gavin MacKeod is 88. Marion Ross is 91. Can that really be them in a NEW 2019 production – hosting and introducing all of the clips?

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