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


1 comment:

Mark LeVang said...

Here is a cool tidbit of info:

Neil LeVang played on many recordings with Neil Diamond including "African Suite" and "I'm a Believer" for the Monkees in 1966. Last year, I was able to tour with Neil as his keyboardist during his US and Canada Tour.


Mark LeVang (Neil's son)