Monday, April 23, 2007

America at Play

Here it is....America at Play which originally aired on April 10, 1976 celebrating some of the USA's favorite pastimes....champagne style!

And low, lets go fly some kites with the Semonski Sisters singing "Lets Go Fly A Kite."

Our host of the wraparounds this week is Gail Farrell, she talks about her career as a singer on the Welk show and her endeavours as a she gives updates on her family, especially her twins Erin and Lauren.

And this is the show where Gail mentions that her favorite baseball team is the San Francisco Giants....just like her husband Ron Anderson.

Anyway, back to the show....if I digress,

There were several great numbers featured, the gang opened the show with "Aint We Got Fun" and several great band instrumentals were featured, such as Henry Cuesta's clarinet solo of "Time On My Hands", "Up A Lazy River" and a George Cates-conducted masterpiece of "Moonglow."

And here's Gail, Sandi & Mary Lou picking up frequent flyer points with "We Can Fly"....nothing but blue skies ahead!

Gail herself, had a terrific solo number with "Downtown", the Petula Clark hit that she sang on her first Welk Bobby & Cissy looked dapper in their top hat and tails with "Puttin' On The Ritz." Norma Zimmer and Jimmy Roberts rode the scenic LA freeways on their bicycle with "Bicycle Built For Two" and you have Tanya sounding nice by just "Breezin' Along With The Breeze."

Also, don't forget to "Take Your Girlie To The Movies" just like Bobby & Cissy, Jack & Mary Lou did!

Arthur Duncan did some tapping and jogging with "Running Wild" while Guy & Ralna sang John Denver's classic "Take Me Home Country Roads." Joe Feeney sang one of his popular requests, "Around the World" and Tom Netherton countered with "He Touched Me."

And now it's time for the company picnic! Ken Delo finds himself in the middle of the action singing "Take Me Out To The Ol' Ballgame."

And you also have Ava Barber providing the vittles with "Y'all Come" as well!

That's it for the week is a B&W classic from the sixties titled "Southtown USA," so be sure to tune in....and have some fun!

As for me....I gotta unpack and catch up on some email, those weekends in Connecticut can take alot outta ya.


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