Thursday, October 08, 2009

Ralna English.....the Pre-Welk Years

Growing up in the Texas panhandle in towns like Spur, Haskell and Lubbock....Ralna said many a time that she began singing before she ever spoke.

Among her career highlights before becoming a Champagne Music Maker with the Maestro's gang include winning Lubbock's Battle Of The Band competition one year besting of all folks, Buddy Holly.

Singing at the Six Flags over Texas amusement park in the mid-1960s....

And singing at Santa Monica's The Horn along with a USO Tour....

But did you know back in 1961, she released a single titled "First Date"'s a teenage pop ballad that is right up with the likes of a Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Frankie Avalon and Fabian.

Take a listen, you'll like it.....especially the guitar riff


1 comment:

kregg said...

Very interesting. I never knew Ralna was a "teen idol" before becoming a Welk girl.