Happy Birthday Tiny! Let's us all get down to that Birthday Cake Rag!
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Dick Dale and his cast of Champagne folk singers sang "My True Carrie Love" which had an awesome beat to it. The orchestra did an outstanding job with instrumentals such as "Say It With Music" and "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon" in champagne style of course.
There's Natalie Nevins teaming up with Jimmy Roberts singing a medely of songs titled "Why Do I Love You?" and "Cuddle Up a Little Closer" each sung beautifully and pleasant.
We also had Aladdin and Bob Lido as policemen with an ode to Chicago singing "My Kind Of Town", it was hilarious that you had Aladdin expressing his allegiances to the White Sox and Lido with the Cubs....betcha which one is the happier Chicago baseball fan?
And so the show ends with Frank Scott leading the gang on the almighty harpischord with "Crusing Down The River", such sounds and excitement kinda makes me wish summer can go on forever.
Stay safe, stay bubbly and keep a song in your heart!
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Lets give a toot and a toast for Mickey....HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
The Lennon Sisters were big hits in their Big Apple showing, singing "Sugar Moon"...plus since the show aired on August 2, 1958, it was Kathy Lennon's 15th birthday with everyone singing along wishing her birthday greetings! Champagne Lady Alice Lon was terrfic with her number "More Than You Know" plus great orchestral pieces such as "Row, Row, Row", "It Must Be True" and a medley of Stephen Foster songs got the New Yorkers dancing on bubbles.
Aladdin was busy singing "Volare" plus teamed up with Larry Hooper, Bob Lido, Big Tiny and Jack Martin for "Yakety Yak", one of my favorite 1950s rock songs made famous by The Coasters. The male chorus, including Bob Lido, all joined in for the Beer Barrell Polka which was fun, musical and hilarious. Larry Dean sang " On The Street Where You Live" and Maurice Pearson sang "Galway Bay" and both numbers were well done.
That was the show in a nutshell, Jimmy Roberts and Alice wrapped it all up with "Goodnight Ladies" with Larry Hooper making sure that everyone knew that "Dodge Had A Goodtime Too". It was a fun and nostalgic trip back to the heydays of the 1950s so take care til' next week!
I do believe on many PBS stations, they will air "Vacation Songs" from August 1967 with wraps by Jo Ann Castle, it's a repeat but lets watch it again!
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Fellow Welkies, I may be a few days late with some blog entries and other important Welk stuff (like the rundown of this week's show), I'm gotta recover from the blast from my past and then some.
Thank goodness these reunions occur every ten years, unless we go straight to the 25th!
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Of course today is August 16th....twenty nine years ago to this day in 1977, Elvis has left the buliding for the last time....which left everyone, including Welk fans all shooked up.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Happy 75th birthday Joe! May there be many more years of Danny Boy from the White Cliffs Of Dover just over Galway Bay.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Anyway, here's three wunnerful ladies here to introduce the Maestro and to get tonight's show started.
It all started with gang transforming the Hollywood Palace, where the show and the 1976-77 season was taped, into a country farm singing "Take Me Home Country Roads", made famous by John Denver and made into West Virginia's "unofficial" state song. There were also terrific instrumentals by the band with "Gentle On My Mind" and "Wabash Cannonball". Tom Netherton had a terrific solo number with "Make The World Go Away" and Anacani, with help from the boys in the band, did a nice rendition of "Release Me".
And here's our country gal Ava Barber, who also hosted the show's wraparounds, singing one of her smash hits "Waiting At The End Of Your Run", notice that guitarists Richard Maloof and Neil Levang are looking really fly....country style!
Gail, Sandi & Mary Lou....the same ladies who opened the show above, did a really attractive number made famous by Roy Acuff titled "Oh Lonesome Me" and there's the Semonski Sisters, minus older sister Diane, singing "Sugartime". There was also one of my favorite numbers of the show, "Bonaparte's Retreat" sung by Tanya with Arthur Duncan dancing in the middle of the song....that was nice indeed!
Ken Delo was "Walkin' The Floor" over everyone, Dick Dale sang a little "Oh Shenandoah" and what country show wouldn't be complete without a square dance....only this time, it had a disco beat!
Now that's totally 70s! Let's see Donny & Marie top that!
It was a fun show, originally aired on April 30, 1977. The show served as Tanya Falan's swan song....she left after nine glorious years on the show plus it would be the last Welk show taped at the ABC facilites for two years....they would tape at CBS Television City from 1977 to 1979.
See you all next week....and don't forget to stay cool!
Friday, August 11, 2006
Read more about it by clicking on this story from the Akron-Beacon Journal.
As a member of the Welk orchestra from 1960 to 1982, his style of playing the trombone has won him a legion of fans thanks to the national television exposure of the Lawrence Welk Show and as an idol to many aspiring musicians. It also has led to many oppurtunities playing with Dixieland Jazz and Swing bands in New Orleans, Los Angeles and points in between.
He can also play the marimba, just like Welk castmate Jack Imel, which only serves to demonstrate has diverse musical talents.
Today, he lives in Buies Creek, North Carolina....and coming this November 2nd, he will be performing with fellow Welk alumni Ava Barber in concert at the campus of Campbell University, it's a great way to see his artistry in action!
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Is that really rain? There must be something strange in the skies these days.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Here we have Charlie Parlato as a trash collector trying to break bread with Jo Ann Castle in "Go Ahead Charlie" with backing vocals by The Blenders. We also hear from Jo Ann with her at the piano playing "Frankie and Johnny" with accompaning guitar work by both Buddy Merrill and Neil Levang. Jimmy Roberts also did double duty on the show, first with a great solo in "Red River Valley" and then teamed up with Natalie Nevins in a duet of "Til There Was You". And of course, there was the spiffy work of the orchestra with great instrumentals such as "Up A Lazy River" and "Everbody's Somebody's Fool".
We also heard from Larry Hooper with his ever popular "Minnie The Mermaid" plus Aladdin and Bob Lido did their job "Paddlin' Madeline Home" with "Madeline" played by Jo Ann Castle. And what episode would not be complete without Bobby Burgess and Barbara Boylan dancing to the Going Home Waltz.
The Lennon Sisters were quite busy, here with Dick Dale singing "Marianne" and were featured in such pleasant numbers such as "Tumbling Tumbleweed" and providing backing vocals for Joe Feeney in a rather upbeat version of "Goodnight Irene" which was orginally written and sung by the legendary musician Leadbelly.
It was a pleasant show, Peggy Lennon did a good job hosting...and we Welk fans enjoyed watching her in action. Just remember as the summer continues on...don't forget to stay cool and keep a song in your heart!
You can read more about it from an article courtesy of the Honolulu Star Bulletin, just CLICK HERE FOR THE OBITUARY
Friday, August 04, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Also, today is Kathy Lennon's birthday, time to celebrate!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATHY!
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Born in the Greater Los Angeles area (actually the San Fernando Valley) as Sandi Jensen....she's one of five children to parents Mary & Garth Jensen. Sandi got her start as a singer when at age five appeared on Art Linketter's "House Party" program, and then as a teenager enrolled in Brigham Young University where she met fellow student Sally Flynn in the school's Program Bureau entertainment department. The two became friends, and singing partners throughout school and other points along the way before joining Lawrence Welk's show in 1968, and as one would say....the rest in history.
From 1968 to 1980, Sandi was an integral part of the show....singing with Sally and later with Gail Farrell and Mary Lou Metzger to form "The Trio" of Sandi, Gail and Mary Lou, which mesmerized viewers (mostly guys) with sweet three part harmonies just like fellow all girl trios like the Andrews & McGuire Sisters and the Supremes. She also had a few solo numbers as well....her most popular was her rendition of the Perry Como song, "And I Love You So".
Sandi married her college sweetheart Brent Griffiths in January 1969, they have since been the parents of seven children and numerous grandchildren. While husband Brent runs a succesful local carpet business....Sandi has completed her Bachelors Degree from BYU and is currently working on her Masters from the same school. Both are also avid travelers, globe hopping around the world to such locales such as South America, Austraila, Ireland, France and the South Pacific just to name a few. If you ever have the time, check out BYU Radio on the 'net...check the day's programming schedule and take a listen....you can listen to Sandi singing one of her songs quite often, it's worth the stream.