Saturday, July 31, 2010

Lets go dance again

Looks like there's plenty of action here in the ballroom....


Friday, July 30, 2010

Barney Liddell with the Maestro

This must be around 1948, shortly after Lawrence hired Barney into the band....

I believe the Music Makers were playing that summer at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bandstand of the Week

From early 1957, before the orchestra was expanded....


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lynn Anderson - Nacho Mama

In addition to being a world famous country singer and equestrian (that's horseback rider), Champagne Music Maker Lynn Anderson is also one terrific cook!

Especially when it comes to Tex Mex dishes hence the nickname "Nacho Mama"

The following is from an 2003 episode of Lorraine Crook's Country Kitchen show recently on RFD-TV where the other half of Crook & Chase learns from the Nacho Mama herself some of her favorite dishes.

Here she makes a serving of Trout Dip which is followed by Macadamia Trout.

And if you're wondering, Lynn loves to go trout fishing as well...

Here is another fishy dish, Red Letter Trout

Now we go to the Tex Mex dishes!

So let's start off with what else...a nice cup of Nacho Mama Salsa

And to top it all off, a dish Lynn likes to call "Carburetor Burritos" filled with....yes trout

Still pining for that Rose Garden?

I didn't think so.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tanya Falan Hairstyle of the Week - Hey You

She's hiding behind the piano, with her long flowing hair....


Monday, July 26, 2010

Russ Klein and Peanuts Hucko

These fellas know how to have fun with music....


Sunday, July 25, 2010

There's Something About a Hometown Band

I don't what it is, maybe it's the way their brass section plays Tony Basil's "Mickey"....

Whatever it may, that's the theme of this week's Lawrence Welk episode!

Now lets go to the all important highlights, shall we Harold Hill?

In today's episode, Jack Imel falls head over heels over the band's rendition of Todd Rundgren's "Bang the Drum All Day"

Cissy and Bobby practice their dancing for the Big Joe Polka Show....

....and Dick Dale auditions for New Braunfels Idol.


1. THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT A HOMETOWN BAND - Arthur, Bobby, Jimmy, Cissy, Natalie, Sally, Sandi, Tanya, Andra, Steve, Larry, Joe and the band featuring Dick Dale (bandleader), Norman Bailey (trumpet), Bob Davis (flute), Dave Edwards (clarinet), Bob Ralston (xylophone), Charlie Parlato (bass drum), Kenny Trimble (trombone), Johnny Klein (drums) and Richard Maloof (tuba)
2. TEN FEET OFF THE GROUND - danced and sung by Jack Imel and Bobby Burgess
3. TIL' THERE WAS YOU - Norma Zimmer
4. THE CLARINET POLKA - Myron Floren on accordion with Bobby Burgess and Cissy King dancing
5. OH SHENANDOAH - Jimmy Roberts with Curt Ramsey, Steve Smith, Charlie Parlato and Larry Hooper

7. DAKOTA - Joe Feeney
8. DING DONG DADDY FROM DUMAS - Larry Hooper with assist from Sandi and Sally
9. KEEP A LITTLE SUNSHINE IN YOUR HEART - Sandi Griffiths and Sally Flynn

11. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A LASSIE?/OH WHERE, OH WHERE HAS MY LITTLE DOG GONE?/DU DU LEIGST MIR IM HERZEN - Myron Floren on accordion with Cissy and Lawrence dancing and Dick Dale on vocals
12. THE BAND PLAYED ON - the orchestra
13. CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN - Natalie Nevins with backing vocals by Andra, Joe, Cissy, Bobby, Larry, Sandi, Jimmy and Sally
14. CORNSILK - the orchestra
15. THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND - Dick Dale with Curt, Steve, Larry and Charlie

16. JUNE NIGHT - tap danced by Arthur Duncan
17. ABOUT TIME - Bob Lido with Bob Havens on trombone
18. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - band featuring Myron Floren on accordion, Kenny Trimble on trombone, Richard Maloof on tuba, Jack Imel on drums, Charlie Parlato on trumpet, Buddy Merrill on banjo, Dick Dale on saxophone and Andra Willis as the girl singer
19. OH JOHNNY - Andra Willis
20. MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC - Jo Ann Castle on honky tonk piano

21. MY NORTH DAKOTA HOME - Joe, Arthur, Steve, Jimmy, Larry, Bobby, Natalie, Cissy, Sally, Sandi, Tanya, Norma, Andra

This show had a real nostalgic theme in particular for the Maestro and anyone else on the show who were born, grew up and cut their teeth in the music business in both North and South Dakota.

A lot of original songs were featured from the Walt Disney movie The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band such as "Ten Feet Off The Ground", "Bout Time", "Dakota" and "West o' the Wide Missouri" which we know as the familiar Welk standard "Oh Shenandoah". That movie was released the same time this show first aired and it keeps with the Dakotas theme, such as the original screenplay written by Laura Bower Van Nuys of Rapid City, South Dakota where the movie also had it's world premiere.

The movie starred Walter Brennan, John Davidson, Buddy Ebsen, Lesley Ann Warren, Wally Cox and Kurt Russell and the movie's plot had the Bower family petitioning the Democratic National Committee to sing at a Grover Cleveland rally during the 1888 Presidential Election, it's one of the more underrated Disney musicals, but sounds like a good one.

Back to the show, there were plenty of numbers I liked....Natalie Nevins and "Climb Every Mountain" were made for each other, the band did a nice novelty treatment of "Singin' In The Rain" especially when Myron's accordion chords were thrown in the mix and Andra Willis was splendid with her treatment of "Oh Johnny".

So until next week, keep a song in your heart and always be thinking about your North Dakota home....even if you've never set foot in the state.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

There's a two drink minimum at this place

Let's see who's hanging out at this club....

Aladdin, your master of ceremonies....

Here, Aladdin sings with his best friend Bob Lido.....

....and here is this week's guest Champagne Lady Joan Emard in a duet with Maurice Pearson

So if you have nothing else to do, come to the cabaret!


Friday, July 23, 2010

Fridays are meant for Sally Flynn

We'll since it is her birthday today, why the heck not?

Besides, it's another great way to celebrate the end of the week!

Happy Birthday Sally!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Neil Levang's Official Fan Page now online at Facebook, a tribute to one of America's Finest Guitarists


Caption This!

Featuring our fine feathered friends at the zoo....

Just add your own snappy caption to this picture by going to the comments link below!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bandstand of the Week

From the very first national broadcast on July 2, 1955


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tanya Falan Hairstyle of the Week - Let It Be The Curly Me

This week, she's gone back to the curls as she sings one of the songs from her Let It Be Me album.