After sixteen years of recorded television broadcasts, in 1976, the Royal Variety Performance was broadcast live on television for the first time, and held in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother.

Lena peforms “Chim Chim Cher-ee”, “When You Wish Upon A Star”, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, and “It’s Not Where You Start It’s Where You Finish”. She then chats with Max Bygraves, who jokes that she looks like the then President-elect, Jimmy Carter.


  • Singer: Shirley Bassey
  • Singer: Gilbert Becaud
  • Entertainer: Max Bygraves
  • Entertainer: Dawson Chance
  • Ventriloquist: Roger de Courcey
  • Dancers: The Dance Theatre of Harlem
  • Comedian: Wayne King
  • Comedian: Tom O’Connor
  • Musicians: Los Reales del Paraguay
  • Impressionist: Mike Yarwood
  • Singer: Lena Zavaroni
  • Musicians: The London Palladium Orchestra
  • Conductor: Gordon Rose
  • Commentary: Ray Moore
  • Stage production presented by: Lord Delfont
  • In association with: Reg Swinson, MBE
  • Lighting: Tommy Thomas
  • Sound: Chris Holcombe
  • Staged by: Robert Nesbitt
  • Television Presentation: Stewart Morris

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