Sunday, June 20, 2010

Salute to Famous Resorts

Now that summer is here, thinking of getting it away from it all?

When you think of places like Atlantic City, Coney Island, Cedar Point and Put In Bay, you're thinking of famous resorts which happens to be the theme of this week's Lawrence Welk episode!

So get your bags packed and let's go to the highlights.....

Norma Zimmer auditions for a role in Hot Dog....The Movie

The Maestro attempts to set a World Record for dancing with the most ladies in a single musical number....

.....and MTV begins filming a new season of Jersey Shore down in Atlantic City.

FAMOUS RESORTS - April 15, 1972

1. THOSE FABULOUS PLACES - Guy, Ralna, Bob (Ralston), Sally, Dick, Sandi, Mary Lou, Jimmy, Cissy, Bobby, Gail and Joe
2. I'LL BE SEEING YOU - Norma Zimmer
3. CANADIAN SUNSET - orchestra
4. WISH YOU WERE HERE - Ken Delo and the flute section
5. OLD CAPE COD - Tanya Falan

6. IN ACAPULCO - danced by Bobby Burgess and Cissy King
7. ON TOP OF OLD SMOKEY - Clay Hart with Ralna, Guy, Mary Lou, Gail, Ken and Jimmy
8. ON THE ALAMO - Peanuts Hucko on clarinet with orchestra
9. LET'S GET AWAY FROM IT ALL - Guy Hovis and Ralna English
10. LADY OF SPAIN - Myron Floren on accordion

11. HEIGH HO - Sandi Griffiths and Sally Flynn
12. MANHATTAN - orchestra
13. GOODBYE MY CONEY ISLAND BABY - sung and danced by Bobby Burgess, Jack Imel, Cissy King and Mary Lou Metzger
14. SPRINGTIME IN THE ROCKIES - Norma Zimmer and Jimmy Roberts
15. SAN FRANCISCO - tap danced by Arthur Duncan

16. ON THE BOARDWALK IN ATLANTIC CITY - Gail Farrell and Mary Lou Metzger with Guy, Ralna, Bob (Ralston), Sally, Ken, Sandi, Dick, Jimmy, Cissy, Bobby and Peanuts Hucko on clarinet, Johnny Klein on drums, Bob Havens on trombone and Johnny Zell on trumpet
19. LITTLE GRASS SHACK IN KEALAKEKUA - Bob Smale on keyboards, Neil Levang on ukelele and Buddy Merrill on steel pedal guitar
20. THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC - Norma Zimmer with Joe, Bobby, Guy, Jimmy, Ken and Arthur

A fine episode from one of my favorite eras of the Welk Show, this one was the season finale of their first year on syndication. When the Music Makers returned for the following season's opener, they would be on location in Hawaii.

Talk about bridging two seasons together on one common theme.

It was also great seeing Peanuts Hucko in the solo spotlight, truly one of the greats in big band music playing for the likes of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Jack Teagarden.

So remember this summer, when you're getting away from it all....don't forget to have fun and take plenty of pictures!

And until next week, keep a song in your heart and a guitar handy to impress the ladies around the campfire.


kregg said...

Mary Lou was VERY impressed, wasn't she? This was a great episode, but I still don't understand what Sandi and Sally's song ("Heigh Ho") had to do with the theme of the show.

jbfunky said...

I'll go out on a limb here, and judging by the backdrop of Cinderella's castle that it's either Disneyland or Walt Disney World.

Anyway, Sandi and Sally do make cute park employees keeping the Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland and Main Street USA clean and neat!