Monday, November 30, 2009

Lynn Anderson has been just about everywhere

From 1968, here's Lynn singing Johnny Cash's hit song "I've Been Everywhere" from this past weekend's Welk show.

Here, she's backed up by Bob Ralston

....and is joined later on by Hoopie


Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Thanksgiving Haiku

The family is here
Have some turkey and stuffing
I need some Pepto


Thursday, November 26, 2009

From our family to yours.....


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Can't Take My Eyes Off You

Featuring Frank Scott at the harpsichord....

....and vocal backing by Sally, Sandi and Tanya


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Johnny Zell's Birthday Jamfest

Happy Birthday Johnny!


Monday, November 23, 2009

This is the week the holiday season begins....

It begins with Thanksgiving, followed by Christmas and then New Year's

....and already Ralna is exhausted from the fun!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cruising Down The River

With Myron Floren and the rest of the Champagne Music Makers!



Saturday, November 21, 2009

On campus here at Champagne U

The students here know to have fun!


Friday, November 20, 2009

We are due for a brand spankin' new haiku

Lets have Myron Floren and his polka friends take it away!

Grandma and Grandpa
It's time to do the polka
Let's kick up those heels

Or you might like this one....

I love to polka
and nothing beats a good waltz
Get the Epsom salts


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Blenders - Big Men on Campus

I don't think any of them ever went to Purdue...

However, they did attend Westmount College in Santa Barbara

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Famous Guest Stars - Henry Mancini

This native Clevelander had written and composed many great songs.... Days Of Wine and Roses, The Pink Panther and Sweetheart Tree just to name a few.



Monday, November 16, 2009

A walk in the park with Andra Willis

"Pardon me sir, have we met before?"....


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Movie Songwriters

This week it's Movie Songwriters!

In this episode, the Maestro's special guest is Henry Mancini

.....and it's Bobby Burgess' turn to host this week

MOVIE SONGWRITERS - November 7, 1981

1. MOON RIVER - intro by orchestra; Sherry, Sheila, Roger, David, Gail, Michael, Ron, Kathie (Sullivan), Jimmy (Roberts), Guy, Ralna, Joe (Feeney), Mary Lou, Jim (Turner)
2. THE CARIOCA - Anacani
4. I WILL WAIT FOR YOU - Tom Netherton
5. CHARADE - danced by Bobby Burgess and Elaine Niverson (Balden)

6. SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE - Gail Farrell, Ron Anderson & Michael Redman
7. THEME FROM "MR. LUCKY" - Bob Ralston at the Hammond Organ
9. DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES - orchestra with Joe, David, Roger, Jimmy, Ron, Michael, Kathie, Gail, Jim, Anacani, Mary Lou, Sheila and Sherry

10. ZORBA THE GREEK - Myron Floren at the accordion with trumpet section of Charlie Parlato, Laroon Holt, Mickey McMahan and Johnny Zell
11. EVERYBODY'S TALKIN - Sheila and Sherry Aldridge with Roger and David Otwell
12. MY KIND OF TOWN - tap danced by Arthur Duncan
13. SEND A LITTLE LOVE MY WAY - Sherry, Sheila, Kathie, Gail, Anacani, Ralna and danced by Bobby Burgess and Elaine Niverson (Balden) along with Jack Imel and Mary Lou Metzger

14. THEME FROM "10" - Henry Mancini at the piano
15. THEME FROM "THE PINK PANTHER" - orchestra with Henry Mancini conducting
16. THE SWEETHEART TREE - Guy Hovis and Ralna English
17. I LOVE YOU AND DON'T YOU FORGET IT - orchestra with Henry Mancini at the piano, sung by Sheila, Sherry, Anacani, Gail, Mary Lou, Kathie, David, Roger, Michael, Ken, Ron and Jimmy

Overall, this was a fun episode....and watching the legendary Henry Mancini work his magic was a treat for all. It was also the first time yours truly got to see the Music Makers perform the Pink Panther theme, Russ Klein was exceptional with his saxophone solo.

Also, it great hearing "Send A Little Love My Way" again for the first time since 1973's Mancini-Mercer episode. That cute little ditty was from the movie "Oklahoma Crude".


For the remainder of 2009 calendar year, we're scheduled to get Welk repeats which works out great because during December is when stations go into pledge mode so there won't be any new episodes that would be pre-empted.

So until then, keep a song in your heart and if you're sitting under the sweetheart tree, watch out for bird droppings.



Saturday, November 14, 2009

How Steve Smith spends his weekends

Lets see what he's up to....

He's out by the shore, taking a ride on his yacht

That sounds like fun!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Mary Lou Metzger's Marvelous Birthday Luau

Happy Birthday Mary Lou!


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lawrence Welk remembers the Spectrum

This post is for all the Welk fans who are from Philadelphia....

You might have known that South Philly's venerable arena will soon be history, with the last ever event held there was on Halloween Night with a Pearl Jam concert.

The Spectrum, in addition to be the home of 76ers basketball and Flyers hockey also hosted concerts from every walk of music life this era such as Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Boots Randolph, Doobie Brothers and yes Lawrence Welk and his Music Makers.


I found this out on the webpage, REMEMBER THE SPECTRUM

The Maestro did two shows in the arena by the way

AUGUST 28, 1968 and AUGUST 23, 1975
You can find them in the CONCERTS page under the HISTORY tab

Any of you guys out there went to either show? Feel free to share your memories, it's cool that Joe Feeney sang and Myron Floren played accordion in the same building where Dr. J sank sixteen feet jump shots against the Lakers