Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cover Me

From all the years watching the Welk show, the Music Makers have done thousands of tunes done in champagne style.

They also did covers of very popular pop and rock songs! Here's a few for example....

Joy To The World (Three Dog Night) by Gail and the fellas

Rock Around The Clock (Bill Haley and the Comets) by the band and singers

Land of a Thousand Dances (Wilson Pickett) danced by Bobby and Elaine

I Say a Little Prayer (Dionne Warwick) by Tanya Falan

and the grand-daddy of them all.....

One Toke Over The Line (Brewer & Shipley) by Gail and Dale


Monday, March 30, 2009

Get On That Dance Floor

Normally, Mondays are not one of my favorite days of the week.

But that does change when Dancing With The Stars is on!

So far, the judges have been pretty stiff with the dancers....handing out fours and fives along with the usual highs of nines and tens.

Right now, watching Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer (rawrr....) attempt to do the Lindy Hop and what I said about those fives and fours, Steve Wozinak (Computer nerds like myself know who he is) has been the butt end of those scores, just plain cannot dance to save his life.

Funny moment of the night, Bergeron (Tom that is) made a joke at co-host Sam Harris' cold saying she sounded like Wilford Brimley.

One thing is for sure, you can bet our favorite dancing couple of Cissy and Bobby if they competed on the show, will get tens everytime!

But I'll settle for them guesting on the Stars of Dance segment, and give the two Steves, Holly Madison and Lawrence Taylor some pointers too....


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Caption This!

Let's see what Bobby & Cissy are cookin'

To add your own funny caption, just click on the comments link and type!


Saturday, March 28, 2009

And now....the results of my poll

What did you like the most about "Welk Stars, Through The Years?"

Out of 41 votes cast.....63% (26 votes) loved the pictures, musical numbers and mini bios of the Champagne Music Makers!

21% (9 votes) loved Mary Lou Metzger hosting....

And the rest.....7% (3 votes) liked the interviews, 4% (2 votes) dug the pledge breaks and 2% (1 vote) enjoyed the fact the show was broadcast in HD.

I'll be taking a hiatus on polls for a while, I need new ideas for questions.

Thanks for voting, and keep a song in your heart.


Friday, March 27, 2009

Salute to Roses haiku

A 5-7-5 freshly grown and cut from my cyber garden!

One dozen roses
Just for that special someone
I know from the show

Now if I only knew that special someone....or actually have roses to give


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Charlotte and her cello

Just to clarify, her name is Charlotte Harris....not Charlotte Andercello

One of the most talented, and prettiest of the cello players!


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tuesdays are meant for Dave

More musical artistry by the Welk orchestra's first saxophone player


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Caption This!

Add your own funny or clever caption to this classic shot of the Maestro going through his "hippie" phase with Sandi & Sally reading him the riot act!

Just add your caption by clicking on the comments link below

Around the World in eighty outfits

From 1971's "The World" episode....let us see what the kids are wearing

Sally is Scotland, Ken is England....

I'm not sure what country Jimmy is representing, but I do know Mary Lou is representing Spain

Sandi and Joe are part of Ireland's contigent....

The Hotsy Totsy Boys are Italy!

And that concludes our trip around the world.

Sally knows how to wear a kilt (wolf whistles in Scottish)


Friday, March 20, 2009

Tribute to Big and Sweet Bands haiku

Since this week's show is the Tribute to the Big and Sweet Bands. here's a haiku I have written for this occasion.

Duke, Goodman and James
Big Band music followed by
a chat with Ava!


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Scenes from a restaurant

"Can I order please!!!!????"


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Go Johnny Go

Johnny Klein swinging those hot sticks at the drums

Teaming up with Jack Imel....

....and with Peanuts Hucko

Go Johnny Go!


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick's Day

Top of the morning to ya....

Enjoy your Irish coffee with your corned beef and cabbage.....

And if you do drink green beer, please drink responsibilty!


Sunday, March 15, 2009

A moment of Bob Smale

Just sit back, relax.....and imagine sounds of the piano while viewing.


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Tribute to Hoagy Carmichael

If you're one of the lucky fans out there spared from pledge breaks this week, then the featured episode should be "Salute to Hoagy Carmichael"

First aired on March 6, 1982, this one is another one of my favorite episodes.

1. Old Buttermilk Sky - orchestra intro; Roger, Sheila, Michael, Mary Lou, Ron, Gail, Ken, Kathie, David and Sherry
2. I Get Along Without You - Norma Zimmer
3. Can't Get Indiana Off My Mind - orchestra
4. Two Sleepy People - Guy Hovis & Ralna English

5. The Nearness Of You - Gail Farrell, Ron Anderson & Michael Redman
6. Small Fry - Jim Turner
7. Heart and Soul - Anacani
8. Stardust - orchestra featuring Henry Cuesta on clarinet
9. One Morning In May - danced by Bobby Burgess and Elaine Balden

10. Back Home Again in Indiana - orchestra featuring Bob Havens on trombone and Bob Smale on piano
11. Lazy Bones - Sheila and Sherry Aldridge & Roger and David Otwell
12. Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief - danced by Arthur Duncan
13. Rocking Chair - Dick Dale

14. Little Old Lady - Kathy Sullivan with Jim, Guy, Michael and Ron
15. Cool Cool of the Evening - sung and danced by Mary Lou Metzger and Jack Imel
16. Skylark - Ralna English
17. Up a Lazy River - Ken Delo
18. Georgia On My Mind - Michael, Roger, Sheila, Sherry, David, Joe, Ron, Gail, Mary Lou, Kathie, Norma, Jimmy with Bob Smale on piano


Friday, March 13, 2009

A Cole Porter haiku

Some may say this one is just "too darn hot!"

Singing Cole Porter
is just one of those things they
can do night and day

Oh, and finally...I personally think this haiku is dee-lovely!


Thursday, March 12, 2009

It's a Small World

Right now, I am lying on my back.....rife with back pain, and that's not fun at all.

But here's something that should make the both of us happy! The Welk Stars from 1973 telling us it's a small world after all!

Nothing like a little Disney magic on a Thursday night....

.....and thanks to the internet, the world is a little more smaller.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Lawrence!

Today is the Maestro's birthday!

He would have been 106 today.

Also, today is Larry Jr's birthday!

Happy Birthday fellas!