Clever crooner Harry Connick Jr came up with the dates for his Christmas American tour to coincide with festive shopping treks. The hunky singer has been touring to promote his new album HARRY FOR THE HOLIDAYS since the middle of November (03) and he won't head home to Connecticut until 23 December (03).

But the schedule ensures that he will have plenty of time to buy his wife Jill Goodacre and their daughters a treasure trove of gifts because he's visiting cities famed for their retail delights.

He says, "It's hard for me on the road right now so I have to pick cities that have good shopping - so we're going to Chicago and these different towns.

"Then I shop during the day before my concert."

05/12/2003 02:26