“THE KING FAMILY: CLASSIC TELEVISION SPECIALS COLLECTION VOLUME 1”— Remembering the Kings

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THE KING FAMILY: CLASSIC TELEVISION SPECIALS COLLECTION VOLUME 1”

Remembering the Kings

Amos Lassen

For those of you who remember the sixties (I slept through most of them), you will remember the singing and dancing King family. They were known as television’s first “real life” musical family and they were multigenerational and truly represented what the sixties were all about. In 1967, following the success of their hit television series “The King Family Show”, they began a series of popular monthly syndicated TV specials which would spawn a show business phenomenon.  Over the next five years the Kings produced and starred in 17 specials (most of which re-aired annually for nearly a decade), released 6 top-selling albums, headlined a second TV series, and appeared in concert at the nation’s top venues including The Hollywood Bowl.  There was even a “King Family Day” at the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair.

The King Family Classic Television Specials Collection Volume 1” showcases the trademark musicality and warmth of this real-life family and is sure to delight both lifelong fans and those discovering their talents for the first time. This DVD consists of four hour long specials and special features that include: a featurette: ‘Valentine’s Day with the King Family: The “Lost” Special’, rare on-set home movies from Mother’s Day and September specials including a brief tour of the backlot at MGM Studios, multiple performances from the “Graduation Day” episode of The King Family Show (1965) and an 8 page booklet filled with archival photos, behind-the-scenes notes and more.

The four specials are “Easter with The King Family “, “Mother’s Day with The King Family”, “September/Back-to-School with The King Family ” (all from 1968) along with “June with The King Family” (from 1969). There are songs you will remember from their Grammy-nominated LP Imagination (1959-Best Performance by a Vocal Group) – the sizzling sounds of the Alvino Rey Orchestra – pop hits by The Four King Cousins with Tina Cole (My Three Sons) – powerhouse ballads from Mame andCarousel by Alyce King – Broadway tunes from Cabaret andFunny Girl by Marilyn King – the swinging jazz vocals of Kent Larsen, producer of the Grammy-winning classic Stan Kenton’s West Side Story (1962-Best Jazz Performance-Instrumental) – plus showstopping hits from Gigi, West Side Story, Hello Dolly, The Music Man, Little Me and Great American Songbook Classics such as “April in Paris,” “Easter Parade,” “September Song,” “Over the Rainbow” and much, much more with the 39 members of The King Family.

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