Sunday, July 16, 2006

A Classic Music Music Treat from 1958

I'm still airing out from my Lancaster experience, but I was able to see this week's Welk episode served up by your PBS station.

It's titled "Music Music" from 1958....a black & white classic! Here's Larry Hooper with Pete Fountain at clarinet playing "Nobody's Sweetheart"....just a few of the great numbers in this show!

The maestro opened the show with the music makers playing "Bambelina" plus we were treated to a little "Dill Pickle Rag" by Big Tiny Little at piano. The Lennon Sisters were in two numbers tonight, first was "Melody D'Amour" and the humorous "Fernando the Bull" with Jack Imel and Jack Martin as Fernando.

There's also legendary Champagne Lady Alice Lon being busy tonight, first with "Singin' In The Rain" and teamed up with Rocky Rockwell for a little "Town And Country Polka".

They make a nice couple, don't they?

We also had Lawrence in a tag dance with the ladies while the band played some of the sweetest champagne music this side of heaven...it was so sweet that guitarist wonderwhiz Buddy Merrill wanted a piece of the action by having his own tag dance with some pretty girls in the audience!

Yes, he can dance in addition to guitarist and singer, Buddy is a real triple threat in the grandest tradition of entertainment.

Violinist Dick Kesner played a little Brahms Lullaby and of course Jack Martin from the reed section decided to pop on out and sing "Somebody Stole My Gal".

And this week, Mary Lou Metzger interviewed Big Tiny Little from tonight's broadcast. He talked about his beginnings in the music industry, his musical father Tiny Little and memories from his tenure on the Welk show, in which he served from 1955 to 1959.

It was a nice little show, a great chance to visit old friends from years gone by, next week is a musical salute to Los Angeles...should be a good one!



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