Thursday, January 31, 2008
The stupid thing is sick again, there goes my New Year's resolution for a PC problem-free year so I am writing this from another terminal.
One of these days, I gotta get me a new system....one not made of bail wire and spit consisting of hand-me down parts!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
So far, the stars have yet to be announced officially, but I do know it's gonna be a great show and yours truly will provide pictures and details of my trip.
Monday, January 28, 2008
If you're familiar with the show MTV Cribs, then I'm sure you'll like this idea. Have the members of the Musical Family allow TV cameras into their home for a guided tour....kinda something I like to call Welk Musical Family Cribs!
It can be shown three ways, either as a new OETA series for PBS, as the next blockbuster pledge special or as a segment on the Welk repeats, just in case Mary Lou's interviews have run its course.
Now that would make for great televison!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Clay Hart, wearing a nice cashmere sweater, singing "Danny Boy" paying tribute to Ireland.
The twin pianists, Bob Ralston and Bob Smale with help from the orchestra, playing a nice instrumental of "Theme from Summer of '42".
CIssy & Bobby perform a exotic and sexy Spanish dance....
....and Anacani with her own salute to Spain with "La Paloma" backed by the guitar twins, Buddy Merrill and Neil Levang.
....and what European show would not be complete without "The King's Horses And The King's Men".
That was also the show where Mary Lou interviewed Guy Hovis, later joined by Ralna by the end of the segment.
Very good show laddies.....next week is another repeat.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Danville's own Andra Willis
Two years is too brief
Andra sang as a Welk star
We hardly knew ye
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Right now, I'm still in the planning stages for Branson in September....kinda like an exploratory commitee for President of the US of A. I found some good package deals and jotted down some goals and benchmarks as well.
All I need to know is which Welk stars will be performing, but I can betcha that the Lennon Sisters will most likely be on the bill.
Monday, January 21, 2008
It's been pretty cold here in Toledo, so much that my car door's key hole froze up!
Also, this will be the year I do it....I'm hoping to go to Branson this September. The Welk Theater announced there will be a live Welk Reunion show after Labor Day and I have planned to save enough money for the usual travel expenses, and find a good deal for lodging at the Welk Resort.
I never been to Branson before, and it should be plenty of fun!
Right now, I'll just settle back and watch some matinee basketball on the tube.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I wonder if Charles De Gaulle was watching? He would've like it.
And below, here's Peggy Lennon in the solo spotlight with a friend of hers....as I write, I don't know what the name of the song she's singing.
Now we move ahead with Jerry Burke at the organ, playing the Petite Waltz.
For that week, the normal set at the ABC studios became the streets of Paris thanks to the magic touch of set designer Charles Koon.
It was brilliantly done....giving viewers a sample of French music cuisine, like this number featuring Janet Lennon and Aladdin, who is giving Janet a "French Lesson".
A wunnerful show from start to finish....tres magnifique!
And in the hot seat this week is Janet Lennon, she talked about her time on the Welk show plus her family. She also brushed up on her latest venture, Best Pals dolls with sister Kathy....and of course, they still find the time to perform for their fans, whether it's in Branson or in anywhere USA.
Next week, it's a repeat episode....Musical Tour of Europe from 1974, it will be a month until the next new show (February 16th to be exact)
Until next time, keep a song in your heart and may your troubles be few!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Last night, while channel surfing, I stumbled upon the Independent Film Channel and saw this mockumentary titled CSA: The Confederate States of America. It's basically alternate American history under the premise of if the South won the Civil War and what has happened since.
I did enjoy watching it, it was well done...but I do have a bone to pick....
During the segment where the narrator mentions that CSA culture never evolves from "government-inspired propaganda"....they used refrences to the Lawrence Welk Show.
I know it's true that according to mainstream media, that the Maestro was never considered hip like the fellers, and has a reputation of being square.....
and yes, I must admit that I had a good chuckle....I always enjoy good parody, but come on....there's a lot more entertainment icons so many that can be deemed as un-hip.
And since this was supposed to be America under the South's infuence in the movie, I was thinking that CSA culture would be more that of "Mama's Family", "Hee Haw", "The Dukes of Hazzard" and of course "The Porter Wagoner Show".
Still, whenver Lawrence Welk refrences pop up on television, it's always an exciting thing!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
In honor of this occassion, I have prepared a special birthday haiku for him.
And can play one mean tuba
Mary Lou likes himHappy Birthday Rich!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
This here is Dee Dee....
and here is Peggy....
This should be exciting, I'll have the chance to make more friends....especially Welk fans!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Also, they had fun taking turns with the clown punching bag....but I bet after a while, beating the stew out of Chuckles the Clown can lose it's intensity.
Perhaps they need something more stimulating....maybe the Mads from Mystery Science Theater 3000 have the solution!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Here's the gang with the opening number, "Music, Music, Music".
I know all the fellers liked that number for sure.
Also included in the show were "In The Mood" by Gail, Ron and Michael; "Release Me" by the country singers Ava Barber, Jim Turner, the Aldridges and Otwells not to mention "Cumana" by Bob Ralston; the Champagne Waltz danced by Bobby & Elaine and the closing number, "You'll Never Walk Alone" by Norma Zimmer and the musical family chorus.
A fine show from start to finish....filled with your all time favorites!
Some of you are thinkin' "Jo Ann WHO??"....for some you newer fans, Jo Ann Young works behind the scenes with the braintrust at OETA and Welk Syndication in putting together shows for all of public television.
And she's also produced and worked on all fourteen Welk specials for public TV.
Next week is another new one...I think...until then, keep a song in your heart!
Saturday, January 12, 2008
And colors from a rainbow
It's what they're wearing
Open collar or leisure
And maybe a shade of red
Who are these people?
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
And I know I'm gonna hear it from the LSU fans.....
Moving on to more important matters.....check out this vintage 1950s photo of the Auburn Knights orchestra, underneath that arrow is Dave Edwards playing the sax....before his days of playing with the NORAD Commanders band and of course, with Lawrence Welk and his Champagne Music Makers.
Would you believe that same girl singer is Toni Tennille of "The Captain & Tennille?"
It is a small world after all.....especially in the world of music.
Monday, January 07, 2008
Ready for tonight's college football title game....sorry LSU fans but I'm pulling for the Bucks.
My ticket for the Forever Blowing Bubbles show (June in Eastlake) and a receipt for my tix to see Gail, Sandi & Mary Lou in concert (July at Bear Creek Farms) arrived in the mail today....so I am locked in.
And of course, I'll be sure to provide pictures as well...
I have a feeling that 2008 will be a productive year for all things Welk....at least for this blogmeister.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Here are some highlights....such as Bobby & Cissy doing some fine dancing to the "Pennsylvania Polka" performed on the squeezebox of Myron Floren.
Also, there's Larry Hooper singing Phil Harris' signature song, "That's What I Like About The South".
Next, lets go on a "Sentimental Journey" the breezy and jazzy way with Tanya Falan!
How about a boogie to Woody Herman's "Woodchopper's Ball" performed by the Champagne Music Makers?
And as for an added bonus, a clip of Sandi Griffiths, Sally Flynn and Andra Willis as a trio singing the Andrews Sisters' "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"
Next week, the show will feature their "All Time Favorites"....a new one to be exact!
Until then, good wishes and a very pleasant week for you all!
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Let's meet them, shall we?
....and the youngest of the group, Michelle
....and now you know who they are!
Friday, January 04, 2008
A favorite of the ladies
In the solo spot