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>> quiet. his eyes, how they twinkled. >> reporter: did she say merry or scarey? >> don't drink and drive. you might spill it. >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn. new york. >> that's it for us. thanks for joining us. "larry king live" starts right now. tonight, a holiday musical spectacul spectacular. sting. andrea bocelli. ♪ just like the ones i used to know ♪ >> david david. ♪ angels' wings ♪ newborn king >> katherine mcphee.
♪ i'll be home for christmas >> kenny roernlgs. ♪ joy to the world ♪ let earth receive her king >> larry: the harlem alumni ensemble. ♪ >> larry: and shawn king. the night before christmas as only queen latifah can read it. it's a special holiday celebration on "larry king live." good evening. happy holidays. we have a great hour of beautiful music for you tonight. we will start it off with
something special. sting, amazing artist. put him in an amazing setting and you have something to remember. so we kick off tonight with sting. accompanied by the terrific chris on trumpet, the old bass carol, gabriel's message. the setting, the beautiful cathedral church of st. john, the divine in manhattan. ♪ ♪ the angel came from heaven ♪ his wings drifted ♪ his eyes
♪ gloria ♪ [ applause ] >> larry: to american classic. you will be hard-pressed to find a better one this one. andrea bocelli's unmatched voice. the famous composer, david foster on piano. and the man who wrote it, irving berlin. from bocelli's new album "my christmas." "white christmas." ♪ i'm dreaming of a white christmas ♪
theater in detroit. he will sing the beautiful christmas standard "joy to the wor world." >> some of the songs written hundreds of years ago, they were written for the single purpose of keeping alive the greatest ever told, the birth of the christ child. ♪ jesus was born in a far awayland ♪ ♪ tell me the story ♪ when he was born ♪ for me for you
♪ and heav'n and nature sing and heav'n and nature sing and heav'n and heav'n and nature sing ♪ ♪ ♪ he rules the world with truth and grace and makes the nations prove ♪ ♪ the glories of his righteousness ♪ ♪ and wonders of his love and wonders of his love and wonders wonders of his love ♪ ♪ and wonders of his love and wonders of his love and wonders wonders of his love ♪ ♪ and wonders of his love and wonders of his love and wonders wonders of his love ♪
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>> larry: many of you watching "the night before christmas skwts a story parents read to you on christmas eve. and now you read it to your own children. i will bet you have never heard it read like this. queen latifah puts her own spin on the classic as she reads to children from the milton hershey school. >> "the night before christmas." are you with it? 'twas the night before christmas when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in opponents that st. nicklas soon would be there. the children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads. sugarplums. nice. and mama in her kerchief, and i in my cap, had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap. when out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, i sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. away to the window i flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. the moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow gave the luster of midday to objects below. when what to knew wondering eyes should appear but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.
with a little old driver, so lively and quick, i knew in a moment it must be st. nick. more rapid than eagles his course they came, and he whistled and shouted and called them by name. now dasher! now dancer! now prancer and vixen. on comet, on cupid, on donner and blitzer. to the top of the porch, to the top of the wall. now dash away, dash away, dash away all. as dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky. so up to the house top the coursers they flew, with the sleigh fall of toys, and st. nicklas too. and then in a twinkling, i heard on the roof the prancing and pawning of each little hoof.
as i drew in my head, and was turning around, down the chimney st. nicklas came with a bound. he was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. a bundle of toy he had dplung on his back, and he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack. his eyes how they twinkled. his dimples how merry. his cheeks were like roses, his nose like a chiry. his droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow. and the beard of his chin was as white as the snow. the stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath. he had a broad face and a little round belly that shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of je y jelly. he was chubby and plump, a right jolly old eventually. and i laughed when i saw him in spite of myself.
a wink of his eye and a twist of his head, soon gave me to know i had nothing to dread. he spoke not a word but went straight to his work. and filled all the stockings then turned with a jerk. and laying his finger aside of his nose, and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose. he sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, and away they all flew like the down of a thistle. but i heard him exclaim, he drove out of sight, happy christmas to all and to all a good night. eeeeeeeeeee
>> larry: there is nothing better at christmas time than the beauty of many voices raised in song. here's the great harlem alumni ensemble to celebrate the season. ♪ ♪ oh holy night ♪ the stars are brightly shining ♪ ♪ it is the night of the dear savior's birth ♪ ♪ long lay the world in sin and error pining ♪ ♪ till he appeared and the soul felt its worth ♪
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guest recently. i gave her a present. at least now i know she won't regift it. >> hey, mr. larry king. it is tyra banks here. you gave me a very early holiday gift when i was on your show. you took it right off your body and gave it to me. and i'm doing my holiday show right now and i decided to rock your gift. check it out. whoo! these are straight off your back. and i'm wearing them. what do you think? what do you think? next caller. next caller. i love you, larry. happy holidays. happy holidays. >> happy holidays. >> larry. larry. larry. go larry. go larry. go larry. go larry. go larry. go larry. >> happy holidays, larry. >> larry: bhak at you, tyra. more great music ahead. "american idol's" katherine mcphee. and the beautiful shawn king are
coming up. >> some of my favorite christmas memories are of family. that has been a big thing for any holiday. especially the holiday seasons. it has been able to spend time with my family and i was -- i would be little. we would go christmas carolling. my brothers and sisters and cousins and just go with the santa hats around singing christmas songs. and we also used to perform as a family at like retirement homes and hospitals and those are just -- those are some of my favorite memories we had. being able to give back to other people. and in any way we can. i mean, like we -- didn't feel like i could do much for other people but music was something i fell we could give back. opening presents by the tree. and having christmas dinner together at my grand parents' house. and it is just -- just fun things. we used to have talent shows. we used to do talent shows and have family -- take turns performing and stuff.
>> i think when it snowed it made may little gray industrial town into this magical landscape. i used to work with my daddy on the run. we were the first people, 5:00 in the morning, to disturb the s snow. i loved the snow. it was cold and after a few hours i was pretty miserable. when we first went out there, this is great. >> the song that i sang -- that i sing called "god love the holidays," talks about bringing the family around the christmas tree and how that really does change everything. and just having everybody around, my family, my friends and people i really love. and just remembering what christmas is really about. for me, the birth of my savior. and that's a big deal. >> well, i have many memories because when -- because
christmas is for children and when i was a children, when i was a child, my family, christmas was truly the most beautiful holiday of the year. i remember particular -- beautiful train that my father built for us. for me, for my brother. beautiful, really beautiful. i remember also a big disappointment because one year, my parents -- like big present for christmas gave me encyclopedia. this encyclopedia in italian means "to know." but for me, it was a terrible, terrible present. ♪ - kids: cup-cakes! cup-cakes! cup-cakes! cup-cakes! - come on.
>> larry: sting's performance earlier in the show was so great we asked him for an encore. fortunately he obliged and talked to us about his reflections on the holidays and winter. you can catch that on our blog at cnn.com/larryking. now from his new album "if on a winter's night," here's sting with "soul cake." >> ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good misses a soul cake ♪ ♪ an apple a pear a plumb or a cherry ♪
♪ any good thing to make us all merry ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good misses a soul cake ♪ ♪ one for peter two for paul ♪ and three for him that makes us all ♪ ♪ a cowl sake a soul cake ♪ please good misses a soul cake ♪ ♪ the cattle in your stable ♪ the dogs at your front door ♪ and all that dwell within your gates ♪ ♪ we'll wish you ten times more ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good misses a soul cake ♪ an apple a pear a plumb or a cherry ♪ ♪ any good things to make us all merry ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good misses a soul cake ♪ ♪ one for peter two for paul ♪ and three for him that made us all ♪
♪ ♪ go down into the cellar ♪ and see what you can find ♪ if the barrels are not empty ♪ we'll hope that you'll be kind ♪ ♪ we'll hope that you'll be kind ♪ ♪ with your apple and your pear ♪ ♪ and we'll come no more a soulin' ♪ ♪ till christmas time next year ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good misses a soul cake ♪ ♪ an apple a pear a plumb or a cherry ♪ ♪ any good thing to make us all merry ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake please good misses a soul cake ♪ ♪ one for peter two for paul and three for him and that made us all ♪
♪ the streets are very dirty ♪ my shoes are very thin ♪ i have a little pocket ♪ to put a penny in ♪ if you haven't got a penny ♪ a penny will do if you haven't got a penny then god bless you ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good misses a soul cake ♪ ♪ an apple a pear a plumb or a cherry ♪ ♪ any good thing to make us all merry ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake please good misses a soul cake ♪ ♪ an apple a pear a plumb or a cherry ♪ any good thing to make us all merry ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake please good misses a soul cake ♪ ♪ one for peter two for paul ♪ and three for him and that made us all ♪ ♪ for him that made us all for him that made us all ♪ [ applause ]
♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good misses a soul cake ♪ ♪ an apple a pear a plumb or a cherry ♪ ♪ any good thing to make us all merry ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ ♪ please good misses a soul cake ♪ ♪ one for peter two for paul and three for him that made us all ♪ sno ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ a soul cake a soul cake
♪ one for peter two for paul ♪ and three for him that made us all ♪ ♪ for him that made us all ♪ for him that made us all thank you, everybody. the final countdown to the health care vote in the senate, that is. how did we get this far? what will it take to make health care reform law throughout politics tonight and then rating the president. nearly a year into his administration. how is he doing on key issues like not only health care but the economy? the president says he deserve as b-plus. what do you think? our panel will weigh in. a plane skidding off the runway stopping just feet from the caribbean sea. tonight you will hear from a woman that's onboard that plane. those stories and much more ahead tonight on "360." please join us.
>> larry: another "american idol" favorite, katherine mcphee, has a brand new look and a brand new album coming out in january called "unbroken." you can also download the song you are about to hear on eye tunes. but after you watch this -- watch it first, okay? thanks. here is katherine mcphee with "i'll be home for christmas." ♪ i'm dreaming tonight of a place i love ♪ ♪ even more than i usually do ♪ and although i know it's a long road back, i promise you ♪
my wife shaun king. she is here, not because she is my wife, but here because she is a terrific sing we are a great song. this tune was written by bruce roberts. kenny g, may have heard of him, is featured on the sax. here's shaun king and "gotta love the holidays." enjoy. ♪ the weatherman is claiming it's gonna keep on raining and everybody swears it's his mistake ♪ ♪ just keep the faith gotta love the holidays ♪ ♪ there's dinner in the oven, the whole fam damily is coming and no one will be fussing about
their weight ♪ ♪ we will open our place ♪ gotta love the holidays ♪ ♪ any other day is just another day to me ♪ ♪ and oh, get the family round the christmas tree ♪ ♪ that changes everything ♪ i'm too old to be sneakin', but soon i will be peekin' ♪ ♪ there's still some presents left i've yet to shake ♪ ♪ some things don't change