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Bill Murray sings “Happy Street”

Bill Murray is back to put a smile on your face. This time he’s doing it by chirping out a catchy tune with old pal Paul Shaffer.

“When he’s not busy having dinner with David Letterman,” writes Ryan Bort in Newsweek, “former Late Show band leader Paul Shaffer is making new music of his own. The late-night icon on March 17 is releasing an album called Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band that’s filled with guest appearances from some of Shaffer’s favorite musicians, and also Bill Murray.

Bort continues: “Rhino, the label behind the album, on Wednesday released an animated video for “Happy Street” that features Murray singing lead vocals. “When life is feeling sweet / It has a certain beat / Everything’s groovy when / You’re walking down happy street,” the song begins. The video feature a number of nods to Murray’s career, referencing films such as The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Scrooged and Stripes.”

“When things ain’t cool / Here’s my real simple rule / Why not just change / Your point of view,” the actor sings.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL — Pictured: (l-r) Paul Shaffer, Bill Murray during the Marty and Beyonce skit on February 15, 2015 — (Photo by: Theo Wargo/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

A Very Murray Christmas – Watch the Teaser

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06:  Bill Murray at the "St. Vincent" Press Conference at the Fairmont Royal York on September 6, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario.  (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)

Slashfilm reports that Netflix will present the holiday special                A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS. Bill Murray will star as a fictional TV celebrity named Bill Murray in “an homage to the classic variety show … as he worries no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snow storm in New York City.”

By some holiday miracle, though, the show goes on. “Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit,” the press release continues.

Variety reports that guests include George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Julie White, Dimitri Dimitrov, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, David Johansen, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix, Frederic Moulin, Rashida Jones, and Miley Cyrus.

The director is Sofia Coppola. She and Murray will write A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS along with Mitch Glazer, who co-wrote Murray’s Christmas classic SCROOGED, and was Associate Producer on the Coppola directed LOST IN TRANSLATION.

Murray first revealed his plans for the Christmas special last year. “It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music,” he told Variety at the time. “It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose. It will have a patina style and wit to it.” Coppola added,  “It will be nice. My motivation is to hear him singing my song requests.”

Here’s the teaser: