Thursday, October 12, 2006

Richard Maloof.....a hairy musical journey in pictures

If you ever wondered where the Lawrence Welk orchestra gets that superb bass sound, or that "oompahs" of the tuba in polka numbers, Richard Maloof, a member of the Welk band since 1967, has done the job and oh so very well. Let's go back in time and see him in action!

Here's Rich in 1968....just starting out clean shaven and hair cut short.

Rich in the early 1970s....the hair gets a bit longer but the bass is sounding fine!

Rich from the Disco era....he's got that Afro and a mustache going with his fenderbass. Looks like a young Alex Trebek.

Richard today with Mary Lou Metzger, the two are husband and wife for over thirty years now.

In addition to Welk, he's been a musician for several other bands, played in commercials, TV shows and has been in the play, "Forever Plaid". Rich also teaches his craft to a new generation of musicians as well.

Now that is simply wunnerful, wunnerful!


hagybaby said...

Great post! I love it!

Anonymous said...

I like the picture of Mary Lou and Richard. I hope that they are happy and healthy. I loved watching the Lawrence Welk show.