Monday, January 31, 2011

Who's got the Rose Milk?

It's getting cold and dry back here in Toledo.....

Mary Lou has a bottle, does Sandi

I know Anacani has a bottle or two....

And I'm %@$# out of luck....

Sunday, January 30, 2011

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

On this day, thirty nine years ago.....

One of my all time favorite episodes, Songs of the 1940s, first aired in syndication.

Maybe I'll watch it again for old times sake....


Friday, January 28, 2011

The Trio on the pulpit

Me thinks the girls have plenty to say....


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Those Champagne Jazz Sessions of the 1960s

You know you want to jazz it up with the quartet of Neil Levang, Buddy Clark, Johnny Klein and Frank Scott!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Blogmaster's Fantasy Welk Episode: Salute to Neil Diamond

It's been a while since I last did a fantasy episode, so here we go with a new one!

This past Monday was legendary pop singer & songwriter Neil Diamond's 70th birthday, and in way to pay homage to this fine performer in Champagne Style, I present to you a songlist of the Musical Family performing his best known hits.


1. CRACKLIN' ROSIE - orchestra followed by vocals from Ken Delo, Dick Dale, Jimmy Roberts, Guy Hovis, Clay Hart, Bobby Burgess, Mary Lou Metzger, Gail Farrell, Sandi Griffiths, Ralna English, Sally Flynn and Cissy King
2. SOLITARY MAN - Clay Hart also on guitar
3. RED, RED WINE - the orchestra featuring the trombone section of Barney Liddell, Don Staples, Kenny Trimble and Bob Havens
5. THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME - Guy Hovis and Ralna English
6. GIRL, YOU'LL BE A WOMAN SOON - the orchestra featuring Myron Floren on accordion with Lawrence doing a tag dance with the ladies
7, I'M A BELIEVER - Sandi Griffiths and Sally Flynn
8. BROTHER LOVE'S TRAVELING SALVATION SHOW - Larry Hooper with Neil Levang on banjo
9. SONG, SUNG BLUE - the orchestra with Bobby Burgess and Cissy King dancing
10. KENTUCKY WOMAN - Sheila and Sherry Aldridge & Roger and David Otwell
11. LOVE ON THE ROCKS - Tom Netherton
12. SHILO - the orchestra
13. SEPTEMBER MORN' - Joe Feeney with Bob Ralston at the Thomas organ
14. SWEET CAROLINE - Tanya Falan and Anacani
15. HE AIN'T HEAVY, HE'S MY BROTHER - Clay Hart and Jim Turner with Buddy Merrill and Neil Levang on guitar, Johnny Klein on drums and Richard Maloof on drums
16. LONGFELLOW SERENADE - the orchestra featuring the brass section
17. I AM, I SAID - Ken Delo
18. YOU GOT TO ME - Jimmy Roberts with Gail Farrell and Mary Lou Metzger
19. AMERICA - Ken, Dick, Jimmy, Guy, Bobby, Larry, Tom, Roger, David, Mary Lou, Gail, Sandi, Sally, Ralna, Cissy, Anacani, Sheila and Sherry


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

On this day, 42 years ago.....

Guy and Ralna got married.....

It was a union that lasted 15 years, hundreds of episodes, countless reruns and concert appearances.

Can't believe it's been that long.

Monday, January 24, 2011

I do know that Johnny Klein and Keith Moon have something in common....

....and they both know how to drum up support

And the beat goes on....

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sway away with Anacani

From the 1982 episode "All Time Favorites", here's the lovely Anacani singing "Sway"



Saturday, January 22, 2011

There's no business like shoe business

Here's Bob Lido and friends causing quite the musical ruckus at the shoe store...

I wonder if this is how Al Bundy started out?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Joy To The World

As in David Joy....

Here's David in a Dixieland Jazz jam session with Bob Havens and Russ Klein!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Yes, there will be a new Lawrence Welk PBS special

And it will be hosted by Doc Severinsen of Johnny Carson fame.....

These are the details I got from Welknotes today.....

The name of the special is LAWRENCE WELK'S BIG BAND SPLASH and it will air on many PBS stations starting March 5th and will air throughout the month.

I'm not sure which stations, including mine, but will find out soon.

The special is a celebration of big band hits, and ol' Doc himself will host....they'll even air his performance of "Love Story" when he guested on one of the Maestro's shows back in 1972.

Band soloists include Henry Cuesta, Bob Havens, Pete Fountain, Jo Ann Castle, Johnny Zell, Kenny Trimble, Jack Imel, Bob Ralston and Johnny Klein.

Vocal solos will include Alice Lon, Mary Lou Metzger, Tanya Falan, Guy Hovis and Ralna English and the dance numbers will feature Bobby Burgess, Cissy King, Elaine Balden, Jack Imel and Arthur Duncan plus many more!

I'll keep you posted on any further details.....stay tuned.

Thanks to Rosetta Stone, Peggy Lennon can speak French

From 1964, here's Peggy with her house-trained friend (hopefully) singing Je Vous Aime Beaucoup from the French show in glorious black & white!



Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Alright, who took the box of Triscuits?

Apparently, it looks that Tom has got the midnight munchies again.....

Save some for the rest of us....we're all hungry too!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Richard Maloof plays the tuba

Polka music ain't gonna play itself.....that's where Richard comes in to help!


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Don't worry, just put on a happy face!

Here's some of the highlights from this weekend's episode from '68....

"Like my new sweater? It's made from blue velvet."

I think this stew could use some Tabasco sauce....

This week, on a controversial, riveting episode of TJ Hooker....

"I thought these stairs lead to somewhere!"

Saturday, January 15, 2011

It's Saturday, time for chillin' and relaxin'

Larry Hooper has that down pat!


Friday, January 14, 2011

Bringing back suffrage.....a brand new poll!

Democracy has returned to Welk Musical!

Actually, for the first time in over a year....I have a new poll ready for your voice to be heard.

And here's the question....

Which of the acts from the Welk Show you like to see cover Beyonce's hit song "Single Ladies?"

Just in case you not's the video for the song that is very popular with the young folks.

Now imagine that same song being performed on the Lawrence Welk Show, sung straight up, Champagne style.

Here are your choices......

1. Bob Lido and the Hotsy Totsy Boys

2. Jack Imel, Bobby Burgess and Arthur Duncan

3. The Trio of Gail, Sandi and Mary Lou

You can cast your ballot over on the right side of this blog.