Monday, December 7, 2009
Chicago's favorite videographer, known by just one name, McCrackin, has posted two new YouTube videos taken at the 2009 edition of the annual Dick Biondi Toy Drive, where WLS was broadcasting live to raise money and get new toys donated for UCAN. The community really responded and they were able to raise substantial dollars and now have toys to make Christmas brighter for so many Chicagoland children, who would otherwise be thinking Santa forgot them this year.
Carl dedicated his song, "Have a Little Faith" to all the men and women serving our armed forces, who have to be away from their loved ones during the holiday season. This song is from "The Joy of Christmas" CD by The Buckinghams.
Here is the holiday duet of Dick Biondi, who joked that people had offered him $60 NOT to sing, singing with Carl Giammarese on "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town".
Also on YouTube here's a blast from Christmas past, 2005, posted by videographer John Michaels of Lisle, IL, JMike100, from Biondi's 2005 Christmas Toy Drive. Featured in this video include WLS Chicago live music and concert icon, H. P. Bertram, better known as "The DanZman". Carl and Dick entertain the crowd with "Take Me Out to The Ballgame," reprising their performance from Wrigley Field, where they were joined by Ronnie Rice and Jim Peterik to sing "Take Me Out to The Ballgame" for the 7th Inning Stretch....accompanied by ukeleles, unforgettable.
For Dick Biondi's 15th toy drive in 2007, videographer John Michaels put together a 1-minute video montage, including Dick and Carl Giammarese. Here's the link for that montage:
Also appearing at these toy drives were the New Colony Six, Ronnie Rice, and The Ides of March, among other Chicago favorites.