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Final Christmas Post!

Two captures from the Sonny & Cher and Cher Christmas shows aired this year on GetTV.

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I can't believe these things don't already exist on the Internet. I fantasize that someone even owns this record album prop.

And I dearly love this bit from Redd Foxx. Merry Christmas to all the Bigots!

 

 

 


Know Your Cher Christmas Shows

Cher was involved in a lot of Christmas caroling throughout the 1970s and it's taken me a while to get the shows straight. The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour Christmas Collection DVD, as it turns out, does not show the pure, original episodes as it turns out.

The 12/20/1972 Show

SoldierThis is the show with Cher (and Sonny) singing "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" with the "One Tin Soldier" cartoon. This itself is a poignant song to revisit considering the rise of white nationalism and bigotry happening right now.

 

 

 

The 12/19/1973 Show

OholyThis was a full-blown Christmas show completely outside of their normal set, most notable for Cher's infamous rendition of "O Holy Night."

Xmas1But there are also other notable moments, like William Conrad reading a long, boring Christmas poem with Sonny & Cher in rapt attention, Sonny & Cher sitting on Santa's lap, and an incredibly odd Indian-Italian mashup with Cher dressed as a plains Indian skipping around with a talking bear looking for snow. The song is tragically ear-wormy but the set design is amazing. I don't remember ever seeing this on the DVD version of the show.

 

The 12/21/1975 Cher Show

CherxmasWow! The Cher show last night was lovely and amazing and so very timely.

Mr. Cher Scholar groaned when he heard The Hudson Brother and The Lennon Sisters were the guests. Never a value add there. But we both thoroughly enjoyed every scene Redd Foxx was in, including two really, really amazing pieces: Redd Foxx reading Christmas Wishes for Bigots, (God, I wish this was on YouTube--I will try to transpose it for us), and Redd Foxx as Elmer the Elf showing us all Santa's VIP gifts for the big celebrities of 1975. It was very funny.

Cher sings "White Christmas/We Need A Little Christmas" and the musical numbers make great effort to be multi-cultural, including:

  • "Some Children See Him" which Cher sings beautifully, all while surrounded with a plethora of poinsettias.
  • The full-cast big band medley at the end is very festive, lovely and international.

Cher also dons a Santa wig and beard for Chastity and Chastity also does some real tap dancing.  Oh, and we see Laverne's bedroom.

Great, great show.

 

The 12/5/1976 Show

Later-dayI haven't seen this show in a while but it's the only Christmas show after Sonny & Cher reunite.

- Opening duet: Sonny & Cher sing their uptempo "Jingle Bells"

- All-cast medley with Chastity, Elijah, Bernadette Peters and Captain Kangaroo

- Laverne with Alvie

 

Merry Christmas, y'all!

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Get TV Comedy Hour Fall 2016 Shows

I don't have time to cover all the show in depth anymore but I can try to link to some of the online musical numbers with a few comments.

1/3/1972 Show

ButternutOpening duet: "Sooner or Later"  is a song from The Grass Roots.

 

 

 

 

Badwig BlurryCher's solo: "Come Rain or Shine" was recorded by everybody, including famously by Billie Holiday.  Mr. Cher Scholar and I joked her wig looks like 1960s rich housewife hair or an unkempt Marlo Thomas. It's a really bad wig and the early solo spots are so shadowy.

Concert segment: "Mr. Tamborine Man/Joy to the World" (with Dinah Shore). One of Cher's many Bob Dylan covers, a hit by The Byrds and Three Dog Night. Sonny & Cher did this song twice on their shows. This is the not-so-hot version. See Cher's lovely 70s fringe knot swinging around.

The show's close.

 

2/6/1974 Show

Concert segment: "HiHeel Sneakers/Barefootin" ("Sneakers" is a Tommy Tucker song and "Barefootin" is a Robert Parker song. Sonny wears a hilarious Miami-themed cabano boy shirt (I call this a Barry Manilow shirt). Cher sports an afro ponytail. Good mike tossing by Cher.

Hiheel Barrycopa

 

 

 

 

Cher Solo: "Working Together" with Cher in that macramé head thing Groovy organ. 

 

9/15/1972 Show

GreenOpening Duet: "Let Me Down Easy"  in white outfits with blue and green stripes. Don’t know who originally recorded this song but Dusty Springfield did a slow groovy cover in 1972 on the Dusty in London album. Cher also recorded it for her 1972 Foxy Lady album.

All the Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five material from the show, including "what are you gonna be when you grow up," "Looking Through My Window" and "Ben."  Interesting look at the pre-teen Michael Jackson.

Vamp Segment

Bono-awardIt annoyed me that the episode right before the U.S. election was the Ronald Reagan episode. Good bit of S&C self-deprecation here though and one of the best looks at the oddity that is the Bono Award.

 

 

 

Fuscia Cher Solo: "Say it Isn’t So" in that famous fuchsia dress. Heavy Vaseline job here and we see Cher's belly button.

 

 

 

 

 

Years 1 - 9/26/1973 Show

FavpicThis was the show immediately after the election. Although it's one of the unsatisfying "Years" episodes, it has some sketches to note:

 

The Vamp Through Time

I've never watched these shows in sequential order, which would be good to do so I could see how segments and trends on the show evolve. For instance, it's interesting to note how the Vamp dress evolved over the course of The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.

Simple Shiny Crosshatch

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The simple blood red dress with long, curled hair,
  2. The shiny hot red dress with the curly wig and pinned heart,
  3. The later-day cross-hatch textured dress.