Saturday, October 28, 2006

Halloween 1978

Happy Halloween everyone, here is this week's very spooky episode; the Halloween show from October 28, 1978....exactly twenty-eight years ago, here is the Maestro to get things started.

It all begins with the orchestra playing, "That Old Black Magic" which was just a few of the great numbers by the band including "Full Moon and Empty Arms" and "The Stars Fell On Alabama" led by Mr. Welk's superb saxophone section.

Ken Delo shined his best on tonight's show, dressed as a sorcerer with great numbers like "Put On A Happy Face" and was happily assisted by Anacani with his experiments which usually resulted in many hilarious consequences.

The Aldridge Sisters and Otwell Twins, dressed as cowboys, sounded great with "Ghost Riders in the Sky", and there's Kathy Sullivan as a princess sung "In The Still of the Night". You had Jack Imel and Mary Lou Metzger singing about "Kids" and what's the matter with them today, as well as Guy & Ralna's rendition of "Old Devil Moon".

Dressed tastefully as witches, the trio of Gail, Sandi and Mary Lou sang the classic "This Old House" which was well complemented by Bob Ballard's choral arrangement of "Me and My Shadow". Joe Feeney sang "Hush-a-Bye" with Bob Ralston on the organ and you had Bobby & Cissy dance the devil away.

It was in all, a colorful and exciting episode....just like all the Welk Halloween shows.

This was one of the Mary Lou Metzger interview shows, and in the hot seat this week is Jack Imel, her dance partner and very entertaining colleague. He talked about and answered questions about growing up in Indiana, his stint in the Navy and his start on the Welk show. Jack also explained how his creative juices and energy got him the added title of Associate Producer of the show and how to this day, he still has ideas and fun playing role of entertainer and family man.

That's it for this week, Happy Halloween and make sure that when you go trick or treating.....make sure the candy is fresh and the apples are devoid of worms!


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