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There were plenty of reasons Vince Guaraldi's soundtrack to ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ shouldn't have worked. Jazz music for an animated television special featuring the famous comic strip characters? Yet the show has become a holiday tradition from its first airing in 1965, the music performed by Guaraldi's piano-led jazz trio even more so. What unites Prince, Michelle Obama and Foo Fighters? They all performed the soundtrack's “Linus and Lucy” in public. Members of show producer Lee Mendelson's family wish they had the envelope where he hurriedly wrote lyrics to the song “Christmas Time is Here.”
FILE - Harry Connick Jr. performs during the 85th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 29, 2017, in New York. The soundtrack to the popular holiday special “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has sold more than five million copies. Connick Jr. covered “Christmas Time is Here” for his own holiday album "Make It Merry." (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
The U.S. flu season keeps getting worse. Health officials say 7.5% of outpatient medical visits last week were due to flu-like illnesses. That’s as high as the peak of the 2017-18 flu season and higher than any season since. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released its latest flu update. It says 44 states reported high or very high flu activity last week. That may not bode well for the near future. It’s likely there was more spread of respiratory viruses during Thanksgiving gatherings and at crowded airports.
The Thanksgiving weekend wasn't just big for turkey, family visits and the Macy's parade. It was a big weekend for sports watching. Fox's Thanksgiving showing of the NFL game between Dallas and the New York Giants reached 42 million people, which the Nielsen company said was the most-watched regular season pro football game ever. The World Cup soccer match between the U.S. and England was the most-watched soccer game on American television ever — even without the Spanish-language simulcast on Telemundo. Fox's coverage of the game reached 15.4 million, while adding in Telemundo viewers brought the count up to nearly 20 million.