Having watched this past Saturday's episode of the Lawrence Welk Show where they featured the popular songs from the 1970s, I thought that there were many more iconic songs from that decade that would have sounded great on the program.
Yes I agree that "Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Old Oak Tree", "Nadia's Theme", "I Write The Songs" and "It's Impossible" covered by the Music Makers are outstanding, but I would like to have seen them mix it up a bit.
So here's a partial list of the 70s songs I would love to have featured on the Welk Show.....
HOTEL CALIFORNIA (The Eagles) would be sung by Jimmy Roberts with acoustic guitar backing by Neil Levang
KUNG FU FIGHTING (Carl Douglas) sung and danced by Bobby Burgess, Jack Imel and Arthur Duncan while showing off their Bruce Lee karate moves....
LOW RIDER (War) would give the orchestra a chance to show their funky side, especially Johnny Zell in the brass section
FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY (The O' Jays) I could see Sandi, Gail and Mary Lou singing that song, dressed as bank tellers
INSTANT KARMA (John Lennon) would be sung by Joe Feeney with Bob Ralston playing the Thomas organ and backed vocally by the mens and ladies chorus
SWEET HOME ALABAMA (Lynyrd Skynyrd) has to be sung by Ava Barber
BRAND NEW KEY (Melanie) perfect as a novelty song for Larry Hooper
GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND THIEVES (Cher) is just tailor made for Ralna English as her next solo spotlight number
DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY (Thelma Houston) will give Tanya Falan a chance to go disco
SUMMER BREEZE (Seals and Crofts) just sounds right with the Aldridge Sisters and the Otwell Twins performing it.