Saturday, December 17, 2022

Good Night John-Boy

Everyone who lived in America during the 1970s and had a television in their house recognizes the phrase "Good Night John-Boy".   "The Waltons" aired on CBS from 1972 - 1981, and was a significant part of television culture during those years.

"The Waltons" was based on a book by Earl Hamner, titled "The Homecoming".  It's a beloved Christmas tale, published in 1970, and adapted into the film "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" in 1971.  From the success of the movie came the television series, and, in 1974, a record album - "The Waltons' Christmas Album".

The album features classic Christmas carols, such as those that may have been sung by families in the 1930s and 1940s, the setting for the series.  In addition to the carols, performed by The Holiday Singers, Earl Hamner provides narration, connecting the carols into a flowing story of Christmastime.  A highlight of the album is "Grandpa's Christmas Wish", featuring Will Geer, who portrayed Grandpa Walton in the series.

"The Waltons Christmas Album" is a fine record, and will certainly rekindle fond memories for those of us of a certain age who remember John-Boy, Jason, Mary Ellen, Erin, Ben, Jim-Bob*, and Elizabeth and the rest of the Walton family.

Please enjoy "The Waltons Christmas Album"

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* At the time the album cover photo was taken, Jim-Bob was fishing :-)


  1. I can't tell you how many times people have told me it's the Waltons performing on this record (or at least as much as as The Partridge Family or The Brady Bunch performed on their records). No one ever reads the fine print about The Holiday Singers. Glad you got it straight. :)