Sunday, January 10, 2010

County Fair '75

Do you have the need for the sounds of the Midway?

Have a craving for Cotton Candy or Funnel Cake?

Does playing the Ring Toss or going to the Fun House give you coo-coo kicks?

Or do the sights of smells of the 4-H club's cake contest tickle your fancy?

If you say yes to some or all of these, then you love going to the county fair and this week's Welk episode!

Highlights include the ladies playing extreme Ring Around the Rosie

Bobby Burgess jumping for joy after pulling a fast one on the carnies

And Myron Floren, finding out he's out of money, using another way to get himself a frankfurter sandwich

And it's Mary Lou Metzger's turn this week to host

COUNTY FAIR - April 12, 1975

1. COTTON CANDY AND A TOY BALLOON - Guy, Ralna, Tanya, Clay, Gail, Anacani, Bobby, Cissy, Joe, Mary Lou, Ava, Tom, Sandi, Arthur, Ken, Larry (Hooper), Jimmy (Roberts) & Norma
2. MELODY OF SONGS FROM CAROUSEL - orchestra conducted by George Cates
4. SUGARTIME - Anacani and Tanya Falan
5. IT'S FUN GOING TO THE COUNTY FAIR - sung and danced by Bobby Burgess & Cissy King

6. RIDE EM' COWBOY - Clay Hart with Gail Farrell and Sandi Griffiths
7. ROUND AND ROUND - Tanya, Gail, Sandi, Norma, Anacani, Cissy and Mary Lou
8. THE MERRY GO ROUND BROKE DOWN - Bob Ralston at the Thomas organ
9. LETS ALL GO DOWN TO THE RIVER - Guy Hovis & Ralna English
10. MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS - tap danced by Arthur Duncan

11. COME TO THE FAIR - Joe Feeney with Myron Floren at the accordion
12. THE CANDYMAN - orchestra
14. JOHN HENRY - Dick Dale
15. DANCE OF THE COMEDIANS - Myron Floren and his accordion

16. JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE - Tom Netherton backed vocally by Guy, Ralna, Sandi, Larry, Joe, Gail, Bobby & Cissy
17. PUT ON A HAPPY FACE - Ken Delo
18. PAPA WON'T YOU DANCE WITH ME - sung and danced by Mary Lou Metzger & Jack Imel
19. THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT A HOMETOWN BAND - Guy, Ralna, Tanya, Clay, Gail, Anacani, Bobby, Cissy, Joe, Mary Lou, Ava, Tom, Sandi, Arthur, Ken, Larry, Jimmy, Norma, Dick with trumpet section of Johnny Zell, Charlie Parlato, Mickey McMahan, Laroon Holt, trombone section of Barney Liddell, Bob Havens, Don Staples, Kenny Trimble, reeds section of Russ Klein, Bob Davis, Dave Edwards, Henry Cuesta and tuba by Richard Maloof

This was the last episode of the 1974-75 season and also the finale for Clay Hart as a series regular. Around this time, he married former fellow Music Maker Sally Flynn and both would continue professionally as a husband & wife singing act performing at venues such guessed it....county and state fairs.

It was a great episode, and considering the recent cold weather in my neck of the woods, I could use some of that late summer warmth associated with the county fair.

Until next time, keep a song in your heart and keep on dancing out on the Midway!



Tommy said...

I'm 31 years old and a recent Welk addict (thanks, PBS!). After I record a few episode, I record my favorite songs to my computer. At this very moment, I'm saving some of my favorite songs from this very episode!
Your site is wonderful! THANK YOU!

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