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
This 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
- Sonny & Cher sing their upbeat version of "Jingle Bells"
- Cher Sings "A Gift of Song"
- Cher sings "O Holy Night"
- Christmas in Germantown Medley
- The Ending
But 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
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
- Opening duet: Sonny & Cher sing their uptempo "Jingle Bells"
- All-cast medley with Chastity, Elijah, Bernadette Peters and Captain Kangaroo
Merry Christmas, y'all!