WCCO Christmas Record with Axel & Carmen, Clancy & Willie


In 1964, WCCO-TV issued a seven-inch record that featured Axel’s famous version of “The Night Before Christmas” on one side, and “Close Call for Santa” starring Clancy the Cop and Willie Ketchem on the other. Both sides were produced by Allan Lotsberg (Willie Ketchem), who also wrote the Clancy & Willie story. Clellan Card (Axel) had been doing his Scandihoovian parody of “The Night Before Christmas” on television and radio since 1938; this record preserved it forever.


This insert came with WCCO-TV’s Christmas Record in 1964, offering additional copies of the disc for just a quarter each! There were two variations of the insert: one that announced their new morning schedule (shown above), and an earlier one that listed the shows in afternoon time slots.

The labels of the Christmas Record featured the same deft caricatures of Axel, Carmen, Clancy, and Willie that adorned the mailing envelope. They were created by WCCO-TV staff artist Glenn Devery.

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