Carol Channing, 90, Will Release Album of Patriotic Songs This Fall

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Three-time Tony Award recipient Carol Channing, a vivacious nonagenarian, has put the finishing touches on a new recording called "Carol Channing: True to the Red, White & Blue," to be released the week of Nov. 7, coinciding with Veterans Day Nov. 11.

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Cover art for "Carol Channing: True to the Red, White & Blue"

The 11-track patriotic-themed disc from the 90-year-old star best known for Hello, Dolly!, for which she won a Best Actress Tony, includes many of her favorite "call-to-action tunes," a spokesman told Playbill.com.

Guest artists on the recording include comedian-singer Lulu Roman and country music singer T Graham Brown. Those duets were recorded in the past two months.

A portion of the profits from album sales will benefit the Channing/Kullijian Foundation (ChanningArts.org), which advocates arts education in schools.

Ferguson Music out of Nashville is releasing the album.

The track list includes: 1). God Bless America
2). Battle Hymn of The Republic
3). Yankee Doodle Dandee/Grand Old Flag medley
4). Dear Old Glory
5). Before The Parade Passes By
6). His Eye Is On The Sparrow (special guest Lulu Roman)
7). Battle Hymn Of The Republic
8). Don't Sit Under The Apple tree (with T Graham Brown)
9). Amazing Grace
10). St. Louis Blues
11). America The Beautiful

In addition to her 1964 Tony for playing Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!, Channing received a Special Tony in 1968 and a Lifetime Achievement Tony in 1995.

The feature documentary film "Carol Channing: Larger Than Life," directed by Dori Berinstein, is expected to be released this coming season.

In 2009, Channing released an album of her favorite spiritual songs, "For Heaven's Sake," on the New Day Christian label. The 18-track album includes "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Old Time Religion" and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," plus secular songs "Razzle Dazzle," "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans" and a new song about life in her new husband's hometown, "Modesto, You're My Hometown." (Her husband Harry Kullijian is heard on the album.)

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