Friday, November 30, 2007
Makes me wish I was living in the Beehive State at this time....
Another station that comes closest is Iowa Public Television, which is carrying four of the five shows (with the Johnny Mercer episode being the lone exception).
Does your local PBS station come close to these two? Let's talk turkey!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Which means alot of upcoming new Welk episodes will be pre-empted for special fund-raising programs and repeats.....double nuts.
I know that funds from such drives like these are the lifeblood for any PBS station in America (I know because I've pledged my fair share every month, considering I do not make a ton of money), but that does not mean the station should give upcoming new Welk episodes the heave-ho.
I mean, is there really any incentive to give more $$$ if they continue this policy?
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
From a Round One question: In Hollywood, Sid said, "I just saw the Goodyear blimp, well it was either the Goodyear blimp or it was BLANK wearing a silver suit"
Gail answered, "Orson Welles" and that was a match!
And here's a Round Two question on the following show: Rita said, "The world is a mess, everything is sinking, even my BLANK is lower than last year!"
Gail's answer? Derriere. However it was not a match.
As always, the shows are fun to watch.....she did the Champagne Music Makers very proud indeed!
And watch for guitarist Neil Levang pop out of the chimney!
Also, congratulations are in order for Heilo Castroneves, the winner and champion of season five of "Dancing With The Stars".
Taking the silver is Scary Spice while Marie Osmond wins the bronze.
Way to go Heilo!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The problem is, many affliates like mine.....December is usually public TV fund raising drives which means many of these shows will get pre-empted.
Overall, I think OETA does a good job with the Welk franchise, but for once.....could they schedule the shows other than these busy pledge drive periods?
Personally, I think Heilo Castroneves will win....he personifies the spirit of the show, and has won many new fans with his personality.
Scary Spice did will with her two dances, but not well enough to win the fans' vote....can you spell "professional dancer" boys and girls?
As for Marie Osmond, I think this is the end of the line for her.....what the hell was the routine she danced to in the freestyle round?
Monday, November 26, 2007
However, I did get to tape show three of Gail Farrell's first tour of duty on Match Game......that's cool, all I need now is the first show and my set is complete!
I'm gonna get started on my Christmas shopping in about a week (my annual trip to Great Lakes Crossing), as soon as I can get my paycheck. Once you get older, your Xmas wish list gets a bit shorter and trying to find presents for family gets a bit harder.
Normally, I avoid politics on my blog....but this does have a relation to the Musical Family.
Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi is retiring.
While most of the country knows him as a U.S. Senator, we Welk fans know him for being good friends with Guy Hovis, in fact Guy runs the Senator's state offices back in Mississippi. It's most likely Senator Lott will either spend more time back home with his family or find employment as a lobbyist.
Or maybe he'll have the spare time going to see Guy & Ralna in concert, or perhaps be one of many celebrities doing the cha cha in the next season of Dancing With The Stars!
Which by the way.....the finals are tonight.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Bobby Burgess, Arthur Duncan and Jack Imel along with the gang in the train depot singing "Are You From Dixie?"
Here's the Maestro with his special guest star.....the juice queen Anita Bryant, in happier times of course.
Singing and dancing about "Big D" here's Barbara Boylan and Bobby Burgess wearing one of Rose Weiss' originals.....from her Wild Wild Wild West collection
And now it's down to the French Quarter at Bob Lido's nightclub where Larry Hooper and the rest of the Dixieland fellas are ready to swing it....New Orleans style!
And that wraps up the week. I do declare that we get a new one next time 'round so take care until then!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
While they are always fun to watch, I think GSN must be episode-skipping again because I think they showed her second episode of her first five.
I hate it when they do that! Especially since I only have the last two shows of that cycle and I needed the first three to complete the set, to go along with my set of the entire 1981-82 cycle....her second time on the show.
If anyone has a copy of her first MG episode, or maybe her third if they skip episodes again....let me know.
I was surprised that Marie got in, despite being only one of the four semifinalists to not once have a perfect score in either the Ballroom or Latin round but the fans have spoken.
Scary is still the favorite to win, but doesn't have the Osmond Army-type support Marie has.....Helio Castroneves would be the next favorite, but will enough racing fans be able to push him across the finish line?
This should make for one interesting title bout!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Among the items they got was that Rath's Hickory Smoked Bacon.....
mmmmmm......bacon, as Homer Simpson would say,
It also looks like they got some of that Rath's canned ham as well.....
Me thinks they got their groceries from a certain game show host......
....and his loyal assistant you can find on the Market Place of America.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
This is the first time I got to see this episode, and all the numbers were done beautifully....here's a sampling.
Here's the gang opening the show with "Home For The Holidays".
Up on the stage is Ken Delo in the solo spotlight with "My Cup Runneth Over".
And here's Anacani singing the ever popular Latin standard, "Besame Mucho"....
How about a rousing polka? Myron Floren and the fellas have the answer with the Jenny Lind Polka!
Other fantastic numbers include Tanya's "What The World Needs Is Love, Sweet Love", Bobby & Cissy dancing to "Somewhere My Love", the band's instrumental arrangement of "Winter Wonderland", Clay Hart asking you to "Try A Little Kindness" and "Bless This House" sung by Norma Zimmer.
Also, all the ladies sang "Count Your Blessings" with Sandi Griffiths on lead vocal.
And speaking of Sandi......
Next week, we're getting the "Southern Show" from the 1960s.....keep a song in your heart and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
and Lawrence Welk is not on the list.....which is a joke.
To view the list, and see who made or missed the cut, here's the full Top 100
In my opinion, if there's no Maestro, no mention of the cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 but instead put flakes on like Calista Flockhart, Simon Cowell and Rosie O' Donnell instead.....IT'S NOT A VALID LIST!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
As you can tell, I was in Muncie last night (nice way to observe Mary Lou Metzger's birthday) watching my Rockets get pounded by Ball State 41-20. It was a fun three-hour trip and back, especially since the game was on ESPN2.
So much for a chance to go bowling.....gotta get ready for BGSU in nine days, and a chance to finish the season at .500
As for Dancing With The Stars, the semifinals are all set.....it's down to Scary Spice, Marie Osmond, Heilo Castroneves and Jennie Garth fighting for a berth in next week's Super Bowl of Celebrity Ballroom Dancing.
This should get very interesting as the holidays approach, as well as a fresh batch of new Welk shows on PBS to follow.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Since 1970, she's sung and danced her way into every Lawrence Welk fan's heart.
Here's Mary Lou as a child star on stage in the Meredith Wilson play, "Music Man".
Now it's the 1970s, where she's making a name for herself on the Welk show....
And here's Mary Lou all dressed up for the 1980s......
She's known to wear several hats in the business.....singer, dancer, producer and actor.....and for today, birthday girl.
Happy Birthday Mary Lou.....you know that all of Welk Nation will be celebrating!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
The Aldridge Sisters and Otwell Twins with "Something Stupid".
Next is Ken Delo singing "That's Life" in true Sinatra fashion.....
Here's the duo of Gail and Dale doing the dishes and singing "Love & Marriage"
And here's the orchestra and singers with the closing number, "Night & Day".
Next week, it's a brand spanking new show.....a Thanksgiving show with Mary Lou Metzger's interview with Sandi Griffiths.
Take care....and keep a song in your heart!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
And as an added bonus, if you click on the video link.....you can watch a super video of Dick talking about his memories as a performer!
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Here's Bob Lido joined by Aladdin and Jack Martin from a classic B&W episode dressed to the tens in zoot suits, having a riot of a good time!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Scary Spice cemented her front-runner status with the highest total score of the week, scoring a perfect 30 with her paso doble after scoring a 24 previously with the Viennese waltz.
Marie Osmond did well scoring a strong 28 with the quickstep, but stumbled with a 24 with her cha cha.
Former 90210 star Jennie Garth finished second in the competition, scoring a 25 also doing the Viennese waltz and a 28 with the rumba. Heilo Castroneves did respectable with a 25 on the tango and a 27 on the samba.
Rounding out the two, Cameron Matheson got a 24 with the quickstep and a 27 with the jive followed by Jane Seymour with a quickstep scoring a 24 followed by a 26 with her cha cha.
Now comes the result show.....will there be another shocker? Only the viewers have the final say.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Here's one of them, where she teams up with Charlie Parlato.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Here are some highlights, everyone gathered around the piano for a sing-a-long!
The Lennon Sisters; Kathy, Janet and Peggy singing "Hummingbird."
Barbara Boylan and Bobby Burgess dancing to the song, "Buttons And Bows" back at the hotel.
Dick Dale with Lennons singing "Gotta Travel On."
And finally, some nice work at the novachord by the "grandpappy" of the Welk orchestra....the talented Jerry Burke.
Next week, the champagne music makers will pay salute to Ol' Blue Eyes himself.....Frank Sinatra.
And you're thinking somebody else that has blue eyes? I don't think so!
Until next time, keep a song in your heart.