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Carpenters:
Close to You

The Carpenters: Close to You

 

This music-filled documentary traces the Carpenters’ career through the eyes of Richard Carpenter and the group’s friends in the music business. It features their top hits, including “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “Top of the World,” “For All We Know,” “Superstar,” “Yesterday Once More,” “Rainy Days and Mondays” and “We’ve Only Just Begun.”

 

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Irving Berlinʻs Holiday Inn – The Broadway Musical

 

Enjoy the hit Broadway adaptation of the classic 1942 movie musical, showcasing an Irving Berlin score, including the Oscar-winning “White Christmas.” The production features big dance numbers, comedy and a hit parade of the great songwriter’s famous tunes.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Andrea Bocelli: Cinema

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Andrea Bocelli: Cinema

 

From the Dolby Theater in the heart of Hollywood, Andrea Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the movies. Joined by Grammy-winning producer David Foster, the renowned tenor performs memorable favorites from blockbuster classics including The Godfather, Dr. Zhivago, Once Upon a Time in America, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and more.

 

Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park

Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park

 

Join the iconic duo and the more 500,000 fans who came out for this once-in-a-lifetime 1981 benefit concert for the world’s most famous urban park. The concert features Simon and Garfunkel’s greatest hits, including “Mrs. Robinson,” “The Sounds of Silence,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “59th St. Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” and more.

 

The Best of 50s Pop

The Best of 50s Pop

 

This special presents top pop hits of the 1950s by singers and groups who brought songs of love and optimism to listeners glued to their AM radios. These classic tunes and immortal voices bring back those memories with artists such as Patti Page, The Four Lads, Frankie Laine, The Four Aces, Ed Ames, The McGuire Sisters, Gogi Grant and others.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs: The Dukes of September

 

Rock music royalty – Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) and Boz Scaggs – join forces to form a super-group, the Dukes of September, delighting audiences with new performances of their greatest hits and chart-topping favorites from the 70s. Among the songs performed are “What a Fool Believes,” “Low Down,” “Lido Shuffle,” “Pretzel Logic,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Reelin’ in the Years” and more.

 

John Denver:
Country Boy

John Denver: Country Boy

 

Air date: Fri., Aug. 14, 9:00 pm

 

At the peak of his fame in the 1970s, John Denver was one of the most popular singers in America. He performed at sold-out concerts, his albums sold more than 100 million copies, his TV specials got top ratings and he was named poet laureate of his adopted Colorado. Yet this man, who brought happiness to millions, was filled with insecurity, suffered from depression and was savaged by the music critics. Exploring the private life and public legacy of “America’s Everyman,” this intimate profile includes exclusive accounts from those closest to him, including former wives and managers, his son and brother, the musicians who toured with him for decades and the friends who knew the real John Denver.

 

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Billy Porter: Broadway & Soul

 
Tony and Grammy Award-winner Billy Porter, star of the Broadway hit Kinky Boots, performs songs from his latest album, Billy’s Back on Broadway and other favorites.