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CNN LARRY KING LIVE

A Musical Tribute

Aired November 22, 2001 - 21:00   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


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LARRY KING, HOST: Tonight, as the nation gives thanks, we've got music to rouse the spirit and soothe the soul. And performers will include the U.S. Army chorus, Art Garfunkel, Clint Black, Enya, John Mellencamp, Reba McIntyre and many more. It's next on this special edition of LARRY KING LIVE.

Thanks for joining us in a very happy Thanksgiving. We have been through an awful lot since September 11. Shock and confusion, fear and grief.

One source of solace and strength has always been music. It helps us communicate things we couldn't always put into words. And tonight, we are going to share some of our favorite musical closes from the last couple of months.

And we begin with the first piece we did. It aired on September 14th.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE, SEPTEMBER 14, 2001)

(MUSIC, PAUL MCCARTNEY, "YESTERDAY")

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE, NOVEMBER 2, 2001)

(MUSIC, ART GARFUNKEL, "BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER")

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

KING: Welcome back.

The terrible events of September 11 were intended to knock the U.S.A. to its knees. Instead, they brought Americans to their feet, standing proud, saluting the red, white and blue.

We have heard some powerful patriotic songs on this show, starting with "America the Beautiful", sung by the U.S. Army choir.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

(MUSIC, U.S. ARMY CHOIR, "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL") (MUSIC, NYPD OFFICER DANIEL RODRIGUEZ, "GOD BLESS AMERICA")

(MUSIC, SHAWN KING, "STAR-SPANGLED BANNER")

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

KING: Welcome back.

Some patriotic songs have been around a long time. But now there is a new crop inspired by recent events. And we have been privileged to showcase some of them.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE, NOVEMBER 1, 2001)

(MUSIC, AARON TIPPIN, "WHERE THE STARS AND THE STRIPES AND THE EAGLES FLY")

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE, OCTOBER 30, 2001)

(MUSIC, CLINT BLACK, "AMERICA")

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE, OCTOBER 19, 2001)

(MUSIC, JOHN MELLENCAMP, "PEACEFUL WORLD")

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

KING: Welcome back to our special Thanksgiving edition of LARRY KING LIVE.

A lot of people have shed a lot of tears since September 11. And we've shared their hurt. And we've tried to find ways to help ease it, too. Once again, we've turned to music. One guest who understood the healing power of song, John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono. Her late husband's rendition of "Imagine" touched a lot of hearts.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE, OCTOBER 1, 2001)

(MUSIC, JOHN LENNON, "IMAGINE")

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE, SEPTEMBER 20, 2001)

(MUSIC, SHERYL CROW, "I SHALL BELIEVE")

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE, OCTOBER 18, 2001)

(MUSIC, REBA MCINTYRE, "I'LL BE")

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

KING: Welcome back. Happy Thanksgiving.

The last few months, we've had some terrific live appearances by some great musical artist. And now encores of some songs definitely worth a second helping.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE, OCTOBER 25, 2001)

(MUSIC, FIVE FOR FIGHTING, "SUPERMAN")

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE, NOVEMBER 8, 2001)

(MUSIC, ENYA, "ONLY TIME")

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE, OCTOBER 24, 2001)

(MUSIC, JEWEL, "HANDS")

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

KING: I may be in L.A., but I still got to say it, I love New York. The Big Apple suffered a terrible blow September 11. But you can bet it's coming together and coming back strong.

We've got two musical salutes to a one of a kind city. And we lead with Tony Bennett in a New York state of mind.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE, NOVEMBER 14, 2001)

(MUSIC, TONY BENNETT, "NEW YORK STATE OF MIND")

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE, OCTOBER 5, 2001)

(MUSIC, LIZA MINNELLI, "NEW YORK, NEW YORK")

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) KING: Kathy Tai (ph) lost her husband, Steve, in the World Trade Center disaster. The next song is very special to her. It was performed at her husband's memorial service.

And now here to sing, "The Lord Bless You and Keep You," The St. Agnes Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I had to pick "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" just because it's such a comforting song. And I just know that that's what he would want.

(MUSIC, ST. AGNES CATHEDRAL CHOIR, "THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU")

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He's a very devoted husband, loving father. He was a friend to very many people and a coach.

(MUSIC)

(END VIDEOTAPE)

KING: We have a special close for you tonight. We sent photographer Rachel Cobb (ph) on a trip from ground zero, New York to ground zero, Washington. Here is what she saw along the way.

Thanks for watching. Happy Thanksgiving. Good night.

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