Watch Conan O’Brien and the Basic Cable Band Play the Chuck Berry Holiday Classic, ‘Run Rudolph Run’

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On Nov. 28, Conan O’Brien and some of his musical colleagues were kind enough to participate in Project Kids-Care, an online streaming telethon event put on by the Get Together Foundation (as well as Rock Cellar Productions).

The late-night host (who will be switching platforms soon, ending his TBS show for a move to HBO Max), joined by guitarist Jimmy Vivino, drummer James Wormworth and bassist Mike Merritt, turned in an excellent rendition of Chuck Berry‘s “Run Rudolph Run,” Berry’s 1958 single which has since become a classic holiday staple.


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After the clip from Conan’s team aired on the telethon, it surfaced online via Team Coco’s various social media platforms. Enjoy the whole performance below:

Thank you to Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Vivino and their crew for the wonderful contribution to the show!

Also appearing in Project Kids-Care were Jack Black, The Dirty Knobs featuring Mike Campbell, Los Angeles Dodgers great Steve Yeager, WAR, Dionne Warwick, Jon Anderson, Larkin Poe, Los Angeles City Councilmember John Lee, Mindi Abair, Mitch Ryder, George Wendt (of Cheers fame), Jordan Rudess (keyboardist for Dream Theater), Rob Bonfiglio, Stephen J. Kalinich, T Bear, The Honeys, Marc Bonilla, Scott Goldman (GRAMMY Museum® host), CJ Vanston, The Delgado Brothers, Hearty Har (Tyler & Shane Fogerty, sons of John Fogerty), Trevor McShane, John Pratt, and Freebo & Alice Howe.

Previously announced participants include Kenny Loggins, Joe Jonas, Kenny G, Brian McKnight, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Vivino with Mike Merritt and James Wormworth, The Boxmasters (Billy Bob Thornton & JD Andrew), Michelle Phillips, Don Felder, Ed Begley Jr., Clifton Davis, Jesse Colin Young, Devon Allman, Obba Babatundé, Anne-Marie Johnson, Pablo Cruise, Laurence Juber, Marc Broussard, Marcella Detroit, The Immediate Family (Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel and Steve Postell), Kevin Eubanks, Rob Morrow, Lamont Dozier Jr., Rebecca Holden, Gary Puckett, and the Get Together Foundation’s house band, The Tribe.

Proceeds benefited the following charity organizations for their programs and services for kids: Get Together Foundation (food & shelter); 100 Black Men (mentoring & education); Valley Cultural Foundation (arts & education); Spark of Love Toy Drive (toys & sports equipment); and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (healthcare).


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