Sunday, August 06, 2006

Summer Sounds

This week's episode is a classic from the mid 1960s. I've seen this one before and it's good....Summer Sounds with wraparounds hosted by Peggy Lennon. A lot of you guys, like myself, didn't get to see it on your local PBS stations due to pledge breaks...however, as a public service, since I did see this episode before, I'll give you a rundown of the highlights.

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!


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