Thursday, May 31, 2007
Here's another fun fact, pretending to be the Maestro in this spot is Pat Harrington, better known as TV's Schneider from "One Day At A Time."
Here are some pictorial highlights of the Kenosha, Wisconsin native....
Gosh....I wonder why this fellow has a huge grin on his face?
As of this blog entry, Kathie lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband Hugh Tollack, and is the mother of two daughters.
Happy Birthday Kathie!
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
The opening number with the gang, "How Are Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm?"
Myron Floren and his alley cats playing the accordian favorite, "Alley Cat"
And now, a Champagne Salute to the Beverly Hillbillies with "We Love Mountain Music."
Yes fellers....Jack Imel is "Every Inch A Sailor"...he used to serve in the Navy back in the day.
And now, a salute to all branches of the US military....with the Champagne Music Makers in full uniform!
And dig those short skirts the ladies are wearing....totally foxy!
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Also, I'll be traveling to New Haven the next few days....to attend my sister's graduation from Yale grad school, so I'll be back on late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
Stay safe everyone....and have a happy Memorial Day weekend!
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Here's Art, with a colorful dance number in black & white.....
Arthur first joined the Welk show back in 1964....that has to be the best move of them all!
He still dances today, wherever he goes....he makes new friends!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
And I betcha you never knew that Sinclair Oil also was a sponsor of the Welk Show too!
Speaking of "Yellow Rose", that was the personal favorite song of President Dwight Eisenhower and First Lady Mamie....Lawrence and the music makers played that song for Ike's second presidental ignaural ball in 1956.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Here's are my two favorite shows,
There's the Lawrence Welk Show of course......
.....and there's the Sci-Fi classic Mystery Science Theater 3000
The beauty of the show lies with the cast making running commentary on these movies, with clever wisecracking riffs that run the gammit of popular culture, plus terrific comedy sketches and musical numbers in between!
It does have a little bit of that Welk magic in some way.
I also wondered if the Mads forced either the Lennon Sisters, Sandi & Sally or the Hotsy Totsy Boys to watch "Manos: The Hands Of Fate."
Perhaps, imagine the crew from the Satellite of Love take part in one of the msuical numbers by the Champagne Music Makers singing some "Yellow Bird" or dance to "Calcutta?"
Now that would be really cool....in more ways than one!
Until next time, as Lawrence used to say...."Keep A Song In Your Heart"
or as Dr. F used to say....."Push the Button Frank!"
Sunday, May 20, 2007
And here's the Aldridge Sisters and Otwell Twins singing "I'll Never Smile Again",
...and here's the Kentucky Gentleman Jimmy Roberts accompained by Neil Levang on guitar!
For the complete rundown of the show, just click here at BIG BAND SALUTE 1980
Saturday, May 19, 2007
When he's either a Mickey Mousketeer, dancing on the Welk show with Barbara, Cissy or Elaine, or serving as role of husband and father....Bobby always has the right moves!
And these moves are always graceful and full of fun....
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOBBY!
Friday, May 18, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
But anyway, we still love to wish Philadelphia's favorite daughter a very happy birthday today!
Little did the Maestro and Mister Sobol would know that the Lawrence Welk Show would run for twenty-two more seasons....with the best yet to come!
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
After 300 plus posts and numerous acclaim....I am looking forward to more of my two cents and many champagne memories to share with you.
Thanks everyone for visiting and leaving a few comments as well!
Now it's time to get back to work....
Monday, May 14, 2007
You'll laugh, you'll dance and smile.....but make sure your buttons are sewed on tightly!
Sunday, May 13, 2007
This week's episode is a musical salute to Irving Berlin, I did a recap of that episode just a year ago when it first aired....you can read more about it by clicking on this link: SALUTE TO IRVING BERLIN
Saturday, May 12, 2007
The lineup has went through several incarnations....each new member bringing something different and unique to the table, here's the quintet through the years.
It all started here in the sixties.....the age of Aquarius
From 1967, Charlie Parlato, Norma Zimmer, Steve Smith, Curt Ramsey and Dick Cathcart...note Buddy Merrill is providing steel guitar melodies!
From 1969....Charlie, Norma, Steve with Andra Willis and Curt.....
It's now 1974....the quintet now has Dick Dale, Norma, Curt, Gail Farrell and Charlie!
And now we move on to the 1980s......
Here's Dick with Mary Lou Metzger joining Charlie, Gail and Curt.
The lineups may change, but the beautiful melodies and harmonies remain the same....they still sound terrfic on reruns!
Friday, May 11, 2007
Here's Lawrence with Cissy King, Tanya Falan and Mary Lou Metzger all smiles...
....and here's the Maestro again, alone with Mary Lou.....
.....and here's Jimmy Roberts, Joe Feeney, Arthur Duncan, Ralna English and Clay Hart.....on the rocks!
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
You have to admit this.....the Great Gatsby could never dance this great like these two kids!
Monday, May 07, 2007
And as you know, he hails from the "hotbed" of country music; Providence, Rhode Island which is right smack in the middle of Red Sox Nation. Clay was with the music makers from 1969 to 1975 and addition to being a might fine singer, he's one of many Welk stars that has found love on the show.
Clay has been married to Sally since 1974...and continue to make sweet music together!
Sunday, May 06, 2007
First aired back on February 4, 1967 originally on ABC....the music makers pay homage to Ol' Dixie, starting with the number "Are You From Dixie" plus there are several great instrumentals to get your feet tappin' such as "Carolina In The Morning", "Georgia On My Mind" and "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans" played by the fellas in Dixieland style!
We also pay a visit to Cabaret Lido run by Bob Lido where he treats you to some great Mardi Gras fun! Here, we are treated to great numbers such as "Down Yonder" with Jo Ann Castle at the 88s (piano), "The Mighty Mississippi" by Dick Dale and Larry Hooper's classic request "Mississippi Mud."
Our special guest for this week is Anita Bryant, the Florida Orange Juice lady, here with some of her numbers such as "Mame" and "Swanee." Say what you want about her, but I can admit this....Jane Curtin from the good' ol days of Saturday Night Live did a great impersonation of her!
And heading back to the Cabaret...we see Kathy Lennon and Steve Smith singing and dancing to "Whie We Danced At The Mardi Gras."
There we several great numbers in this week's show, such as the Lennon Sisters' "The Stars Fell On Alabama", "Sleepy Time Down South" by Norma Zimmer, "My Old Kentucky Home" by Jimmy Roberts and "Deep In The Heart Of Texas" tap danced by Arthur Duncan!
All in all....a fine show, it will have you speaking with a Southern drawl...y' all!
This week, in the hot seat is Kathy Lennon....who talks about her time on the show, and has fond recollections of the music makers such as Alice Lon and the members of the orchestra. It was a very pleasant and engaging interview, and Kathy still looks very beautiful and youthful today!
That's all for this week....you' all come back now, ya' here!
Goodnight Irene....now I am speaking Southern myself son.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
And also today is the running of the Kentucky Derby, enjoy yourself a mint julep, put on one of those tacky dress hats and bet on your favorite horse!
Perhaps this one....it's this year's odds on favorite!
Friday, May 04, 2007
....and secondly, but most importantly, today is Tanya Falan Welk's birthday!
As a member of the Champagne Music Makers from 1968 to 1977, Lawrence Welk's favorite "Italian Daughter-In-Law" has thrillied audiences with her singing and her excellent sense of humor, and she is also a terrfic mother, grandmother and cook as well!
Happy Birthday Tanya.....now that's what I call amore!