The two-year gig helped Williams land a recording contract in 1956, and his first album produced a succession of hit singles that included "Canadian Sunset" and "The Hawaiian Wedding Song," which was Grammy-nominated. In 1962, he parlayed his musical popularity into a weekly variety series that ran nine seasons, with his annual Christmas specials becoming a holiday fixture in American homes during this time.
Later years found Williams headlining in Las Vegas and performing at the multimillion-dollar theater he built in Branson, Mo. He died Sept. 25, 2012.
Rowan and Martin's "Laugh-In," an innovative television show from the late 1960s, popularized a style of rapid-fire sketch comedy where skits, punch lines and gags are edited together in a fast-moving and almost random format. The laughs keep on rolling as the two hosts bring on a variety of special guests including Lily Tomlin, Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson and many others. The six episodes in this set span the years 1968-1970.