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Carol Channing on Super Bowl IV performance: 'We didn't even rehearse!'

Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline at Super Bowl XLVII’s multi-million dollar halftime show on February 2, but Broadway, film and movie legend Carol Channing paved the way for other superstars to be featured at halftime with a slightly-less elaborate spectacle over 40 years ago.“It was just about a week before the Super Bowl when they asked me to perform,” Channing told FOX411 exclusively of her halftime show in New Orleans. “We didn’t even rehearse! It was 1970–a little while back. I sang ‘When the Saints Go Marching In,’ and we just yelled and screamed. And they all heard it.”Before Channing, the Super Bowl halftime show was a modest affair, simply featuring a college marching band. Sensing that the Super Bowl was on its way to becoming an All-American ritual, producers upped their game for Super Bowl IV–and brought Broadway and Hollywood to football’s biggest game.  “They were wonderful to us,” gushed Channing. “I thought, ‘Oh, gee, I’ve never felt so welcome in ...

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