The year was 1975, America was crippled with gas shortages and a energy crisis...
Who cares? The Musical Family is on the move regardless, with a salute to transportation that first aired in syndication on November 1st of that year.
Great songs, such as "Red Sails in the Sunset", "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "The Banana Boat Song" will keep your toes a tapping as you gotta travel on.
And since it's a mid-1970s show, it does feature the Semonski Sisters....which by the way today is Michelle Semonski's birthday (Happy Birthday Michelle!)
1. GOTTA TRAVEL ON - Bobby, Cissy, Mary Lou, Ken, Anacani, Tom and Gail
2. STRANGER ON THE SHORE - Henry Cuesta on clarinet with orchestra
3. LEAVIN' ON A JETPLANE - Guy Hovis and Ralna English
4. FLY ME TO THE MOON - Tom Netherton with Myron Floren on accordion, Neil Levang on guitar, Richard Maloof on bass and percussion work by Jack Imel and Bob Lido
5. WHEELS - danced by Bobby Burgess and Cissy King
6. LAZY RIVER - the orchestra 7. ON THE ATCHISON, TOPEKA AND THE SANTA FE - Gail Farrell, Sandi Griffiths, Tanya Falan and Anacani 8. MEDLEY OF SONGS FROM THE SHOW "THE BAND WAGON" - orchestra 9. CUANTO LE GUSTA - The Semonski Sisters 10. CHATTANOOGA CHOO CHOO - sung and danced by Mary Lou Metzger and Jack Imel with Sandi, Gail and Ken
11. RED SAILS IN THE SUNSET - Norma Zimmer and Jimmy Roberts
12. TIJUANA TAXI - the orchestra featuring Jack Imel and his horn
13. THE RAILROAD COMES THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE HOUSE - Larry Hooper with comedy assist by Tanya and Anacani
14. TAKE THE "A" TRAIN - danced by Arthur Duncan with Sandi, Gail, Ralna and Norma
15. BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX - Ava Barber 16. THE BANANA BOAT SONG - Dick Dale with Sandi Griffiths, Gail Farrell and Mary Lou Metzger 17. CHARLIE ON THE MTA - Ken Delo 18. THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES - Larry, Arthur, Bobby, Anacani, Joe, Tom, Tanya, Jimmy, Gail, Guy, Ralna, Mary Lou, Cissy, Norma with Bob Havens on trombone, percussion work by Jack Imel, Richard Maloof on tuba, Russ Klein on saxophone and Charlie Parlato on trumpet
EPISODE FACTS: Joe Feeney does not have a solo number, which is rare during his tenure on the show, he only appears in the show's closing number.
Hoopie's number, "The Railroad Comes Through the Middle of the House" is a very cute and interesting number. As a youngster, I had dreams of if such a thing ever happened where I lived....most of the time as a nightmare.
It's very doubtful such a thing would happen today, the closest I would think if one would call a subway station his or her home.
Maybe they can actually give Charlie that nickel so he can finally get off that damn train.
MACY GRAY - a popular singer from that nostaglic decade known as the 1990s
MELISSA JOAN HART - star of Clarissa Explains All from the Golden Age of Nickelodeon, also later became a TV witch
KATHY IRELAND - SI model from my days of youth, also star of the movie Alien From LA
MYA - an R&B singer who was in the Chicago movie
MARK DACASCOS - Food Network personality
ASHLEY HAMILTON - George Hamilton's son, married to Shannon Doherty for about ten seconds
MICHAEL IRVIN - Dallas Cowboys HOF receiver, ESPN broadcaster known to wear some of the three piece suits from the Rose Weiss collection (just kidding!)
DONNY OSMOND - Marie's brother, and he can sing pretty good
TOM DeLAY - Former House Majority Leader, I guess Newt Gingrich wasn't available
NATALIE COUGHLIN - US Olympic gold medal swimmer not named Michael Phelps
JOANNA KRUPA - model, covergirl and actress....and Terrell Owens' BFF
DEBI MAZUR - a famous actress from days gone by (the 1980s and 1990s)
KELLY OSBOURNE - Ozzy's daughter
AARON CARTER - singing teen idol from the good ol' days of the 90s
CHUCK LIDDELL - UFC fighter, expert in Mixed Martial Arts and he's NOT related to Barney Liddell
LOUIE VITO - snowboarder from the ESPN's X-Games
It has everything, interesting stars, hot ballroom action and possibities of a train wreck, all in the name of entertainment! Coupled with the new season of Lawrence Welk shows and football, this will be my favorite time of the year and you know my DVR will be humming!
Oh, and I'm still holding out hope for any of the Welk Stars to appear in the Macy's Stars Of The Dance segment
Want to get in shape but regular exercise doesn't cut it for you?
From 1960, Bob Havens can show you how to play the trombone and feel the burn with the musical number "Tiger Rag" as he is joined by his friends Russ Klein, Don Bonnee and Jack Dumont from the Welk Orchestra! Let's see Richard Simmons try that...
The blogmeister is also the webmaster behind the very successful Welk Musical Family.com. I have been a fan of Lawrence Welk since I was a youngster (not too long ago!) and have watched (and taped) his show every Saturday night on my local PBS station, WGTE and sometimes WBGU. My hometown and current residence is Toledo, Ohio and in recent years, I have attended many of their live concerts and had the chance to meet many of the wunnerful music makers as well.