Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Straight from the bowels of YouTube, here's Gail, Sandi and Mary Lou doing a 1978 commercial for Triscuit!.
That just proves that in the world of television, suprises and shockers are there at every turn, and considering she has been one of this season's contenders....getting the heave-ho surprised everyone, even the ballroom audience.
Now, it's Scary Spice looks like the favorite to win....unless the voters have their say....and most of the voters could be Osmond fans.....Marie, despite finishing next-to-last in the judges score for the week.....is safe.
The drama continues......
Monday, October 29, 2007
Here's a look at them, starting the Aldridges and Otwells as cowpokes.....
It's sorcerer Ken Delo making Love Potion Number 9 with his lovely assistant Anacani....
How about a little fire scarecrow?
It's Mary Lou Metzger and Jack Imel!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
The native of Barnes, Kansas joined the Welk Orchestra in 1973 filling the chair of the trumpet section very nicely. Prior to that, he played with the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra and with musical giants such as Les Brown and Nelson Riddle.
He's happily living in Pasadena, CA with his wife Claudine, continuing with his musical career and is the father of two kids, Tim and Heidi.
Happy Birthday Laroon!
Friday, October 26, 2007
From the early 1970s, here's Sandi Griffiths and her husband Brent with a pair of huskies, and it's just about dinner time!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
The fifth week of competition saw Scary Spice and Sabrina of the Cheetah Girls the top two with 29 and 28, they are looking like the favorites to win the title for season five...and look for Jane Seymour as the dark horse, she's looking impressive.
Bottom two in this round are Osmond and Mark Cuban with 21 a piece, looks like one of them will not return for next week....depends on what the voters have their say.
From this point on, there is no room for error....even scores in the mid-20s wouldn't be enough, when the level of dancing is this excellent!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
And let's go to the highlights.....starting with Guy & Ralna singing "True Love"
We also have, dressed as Charlie Chaplin....Cissy & Bobby dancing to Scott Joplin's, "The Entertainer" made famous by the movie "The Sting".
How about Tanya Falan and Dick Dale "Swingin' On A Star", or would you rather be a fish or a mule?
Here's Larry Hooper and his fine ladies (Sandi, Gail and Mary Lou) with "Toot Toot Tootsie".
Other great songs include "Take Your Girlie To The Movies", "Do Not Foresake Me" and a medley of songs from "The King And I"
A very, very good show indeed....topped off with Mary Lou's interview with Gail Farrell, whom she talked about her growing up in both Salinas, CA and Durant, OK.....her being a contestant in local beauty pageants, how she got on the Welk Show and her family.
Simply, a real treat to listen to her tell a story. Until next week, take care!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
The Lawrence Welk Show aired it's 500th show that Saturday night!
The Maestro opens the show with his trusty accordian....
Here's the entire Lennon family together for a hootnanny!
Joe Livoti demonstrating his skills as a violin concertmaster....
And Larry Hooper swinging into high with Lawrence watching with glee.
By next season, the show would make the move to color.....and many many more milestones and memories would made!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Also as a native San Franciscan, he roots loyally for his beloved 49ers and Giants....plus he's also holds a black belt in karate.
Happy Birthday Ron!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Here's Mimi when she was ten years old.....
And here's Mimi today, showing everyone that she sings real good!
When older sister Peggy retired from the act in 1999, she took her place during the sisters' engagement at the Welk Resort in Branson.
Today, the act is now a trio featuring her with Kathy and Janet....and still sounding wunnerful than ever.
Happy Birthday Mimi!
Monday, October 15, 2007
And here are a few highlights, starting with Dick Dale and his friends singing "Chimney Smoke."
We also have the trombone section playing "East Of The Sun" complete with a nice solo by Barney Liddell....
Next, here is Ken Delo singing "On A Clear Day"....which is rare these days if you live in smoggy Los Angeles....
Here's the trio of Gail, Sandi and Mary Lou cleaning up after those litterbugs in the number, "Green, Green".
And here's the whole cast joining Bob Havens on trombone and Henry Cuesta on clarinet with a rousing number of "Blue Skies".
And there were plenty of other eco-friendly numbers, such as Tanya Falan's "It's A Most Unusual Day", Bobby Burgess and Jack Imel dancing to "Chem-Chem Chr-ee", Guy & Ralna singing the "Tennessee Bird Walk" plus a nice Dave Edwards saxophone solo to "Misty".
This episode not only advocates a clean planet but provides clean music too!
Anyway, it's already off to an interesting start....I got to see Drew Carey make his hosting debut on "The Price Is Right". Granted that he has to follow a legend like Bob Barker, if he can work the bugs out....he should be fine.
Also, tonight is a new "Dancing With The Stars", let's see if that girl from the Cheetah Girls or Scary Spice can do the Viennese Waltz.
From the Welk front, learned that the next episode is "Hooray For Hollywood" with Gail Farrell's interview, techincally it is a repeat show but because of pledge breaks in the past, this is the first time it will air on my local PBS station. Thankfully, I was able to get a copy of the show and all I can tell you is that this episode is a winner!
Finally, today is Blog Action Day.....and I've done my share for the enviroment so far by recycling. I don't know why there are some people that look at this issue with hostility......why would anyone embrace being pro-pollution?
After all, this is my planet Earth too, I don't wanna breathe filthy air nor swim in toxic waters.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
It's time for the show to start! Here's the gang in their raccoon coats with "Button Up Your Overcoat".
Straight from the 1940s, the duo of Gail and Dale with "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree"....in which they are dressed staright out of a scene from Ken Burns' latest documentary "The War".
Here's Mary Lou Metzger complaining to talior Charlie Parlato that "Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long" as Jack Imel and Bobby Burgess show why.
Also, Clay Hart gives us a visual reason why "Everything Is Beautiful" and it's not just the fact he sings Ray Stevens' most popular hit song so very well.
And now it's time to go down to the Cabaret with Bob Lido and his gang of Hotsy Totsy Boys!
Other fine numbers in this show include Tanya's "Hey There" along with band instrumentals of "Someone To Watch Over Me" and "Get Me To The Church On Time". Also included are "Anything Goes" by Sandi & Sally, "Puttin' On The Ritz" by Cissy and Bobby, "Shine On Your Shoes" danced by Arthur Duncan and a great polka by Myron Floren with "Hoop De Do".
A very wunnerful show indeed, and this week's interview was pleasant and fun!
Speaking of that, Mary Lou herself was interviewed....and no, she didn't interview herself (that would really make for great TV!), instead it's Bob Allen from OETA that stepped in and conducted the interview.
Until next week, may your trouble be few and may your dress shirts be anything but pink, orange or green!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Looks like Charlie Parlato found his island queen with Jo Ann Castle all from just one-paddle, two-paddle, three-paddlin' along.
Back in Toledo, we finally say aloha to summer....it's now pretty chilly.
And just think, last Sunday....I was out in shorts, how depressing.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
A mainstay of the reeds section from the black & white era, Jack was a member of the Music Makers from 1955 to 1958. The native of Nelsonville, OH attended Ohio University and played with several bands such as Meredith Wilson and Kay Kyser just to name a few. He also was known for his singing pipes and has great comedic talents....known for "stealing the show" in certain numbers.
He passed on back in 1972, but he's known as one of three Music Makers (George Thow and Kurt Dietrle) that hail from the Buckeye State, where yours truly...the blogmeister....was raised and currently lives.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
It all started at work, at my job in AM radio....usually when I work evenings, the studio has a TV, no cable....just the terrestrial channels, I chose to watch the season's premiere three weeks back and was hooked....the star lineup is stellar especially when it includes Wayne Newton, Jane Seymour, Heilo Castroneves, Mark Cuban and Marie Osmond just to name a few.
And the quality of ballroom dancing is stellar....just like what you see every week on the Welk show.
Last Monday, while going back-and-forth between Cowboys-Bills Monday Night Football, Yankees-Indians ALDS Game Four....most of my TV time was spent on watching Jennie Garth tackle the tango and Floyd Mayweather doing the jive.
It's early in the competition, and I still have not decided on who is my favorite to win....it's still anyone's ballgame.
One of these days, the producers gotta have Bobby Burgess, Cissy King, Arthur Duncan or any of the dancing Welk stars guest star....or perhaps have the couples dance to something more challenging.
Like the Calcutta or a rousing polka.....
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Here's Tanya Falan and Ken Delo teaming up for "Glow Worm"
Also, here's Tom Netherton singing "Stranger In Paradise"
Always in top form, Anacani with her rendition of "Guadalajara"...
...and here's Johnny Zell with a trumpet solo of "It's All In The Game", he was also the featured interview afterwards as well.
And finally, The Trio with "Bubbles, Baungles and Beads".
Next week is back to the new stuff, "Fashion Hits Through The Years" and from what I hear.....Mary Lou Metzger will be interviewed!
And no, I don't think Mary Lou will conduct the interview this time....although it would make for very interesting television.
Until next week, keep a song in your heart and stay cool!
On Sunday, it's super drummer Paul Humphrey, a member from 1976 to 1982.
He continues to be master of the sticks, and he and his wife Joan are proud parents of two kids, Pier and Humphrey.
Happy Birthday Paul!
Saturday, October 06, 2007
October the Sixth means one thing....Gail Farrell's birthday!
A member of the musical family since 1969, Gail is known for her diverse talents as a singer, pianist and arragner
and also occasional guest panelist on Match Game (twice in 1979 and 1981).
Her first number sung on the Welk show was the popular "Downtown" made famous by Petula Clark.
Also, she has sung as a duet with Dick Dale, was one-third of both Gail, Sandi & Mary Lou (The Trio) and Gail, Ron & Michael (the Mixed Trio).
Today, she lives in Northern California's Bay Area with her husband Ron Anderson where she happily roots for the Giants and continues with her music career.
Happy Birthday Gail!
Friday, October 05, 2007
First from 1969, when things were a little short......
Visit Johnny's webpage for more on the art of the trumpet and concert dates
Thursday, October 04, 2007
While most of us remember him as a member of the Maestro's reed section, and who also married Kathy Lennon, Mahlon was known as a very talented musician who performed on many movie soundtracks for Paramount Studios and movies such as "When Harry Met Sally" and "Dick Tracy."
He also played for many artists as diverse from Frank Sinatra to Madonna.
Also, he was active with rights of his fellow musicians as a member of the Musicians Guild of America whom he served on the union's board.
Mahlon was 84 years old and living in Van Nuys, CA. He is survived by two daughters, a son and four grandchildren.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
The popular animated show Family Guy, which parodies some of pop culture's finest in music, television, movies and celebrity has now taken their best shot at the Champagne Music Makers. Thanks to YouTube, here's a clip....judge for yourself if it is funny or not.
A little warning....the language is a bit strong for the kids, so it's not for everyone's ears.
Here's baritone Tom Netherton from 1976 leading a chorus of Welk's Fine Ladies in song, and it is true....the girls do go bananas over a feller like Tom.
Monday, October 01, 2007
He's played with a Whos Who of musical greats such as Frank DeVol, Nelson Riddle plus Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey just to name a few. But how about this for irony....in 1939 he and his University of Denver student band were booked at the Broadmoor Country Club in Denver for an engagement when at the last minute, were replaced at the last minute by another popular band from North Dakota!
Who's that band....Lawrence Welk and his Champagne Music Makers!
Forty years later, the Maestro hires him as it's star saxophone player in the reeds section....funny how things work out.