Saturday, April 30, 2011

Another Salute to Grammy Winning Songs

Well, this week all the public television stations will air the Salute to Grammy Winning Songs episode from '74.

Which leads me to today's post, if the Music Makers aired another episode of that same theme, which Grammy songs would they cover?

I think it would go something like this.....

1. UP UP AND AWAY (1968 Song of the Year) - Gail, Mary Lou, Cissy, Ralna, Dick, Ken, Bobby & Guy
2. THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS (1960 Song of the Year) - Clay Hart on guitar
3. SEXYBACK (2007 Best Dance Recording) - the orchestra
4. DON'T KNOW WHY (2003 Female Pop Vocal Performance) - Tanya Falan
5. JUST THE TWO OF US (1982 Best R&B Song) - Guy Hovis & Ralna English
6. FREEWAY OF LOVE (1986 Best R&B song) - orchestra featuring Henry Cuesta on clarinet solo
7. ME AND MRS. JONES (1973 Best Male R&B Vocal) - Jimmy Roberts
8. YOU OUGHTA KNOW (1996 Best Rock Song) - Sandi Griffiths, Gail Farrell and Mary Lou Metzger
9. BLACK HOLE SUN (1995 Best Hard Rock Performance) - Myron Floren on accordion

11. BILLIE JEAN (1984 Best Male R&B Vocal) - Joe Feeney with Bob Ralston at the Thomas Organ
12. COPACABANA "AT THE COPA" (1978 Best Male Pop Performance) - Anacani
13. LIGHT MY FIRE (1969 Best Male Pop Performance) - Buddy Merrill and Neil Levang at guitar
14. IF YOU LEAVE ME NOW (1977 Best Pop Performance by a duo or group) - Norma Zimmer
15. JUMP JIVE AN' WAIL (1999 Best Pop Performance by a duo or group) - Bobby Burgess and Cissy King dancing
16. MIAMI VICE THEME (1986 Best Pop Instrumental) - the orchestra
17. WHEN I FALL IN LOVE (1997 Best Pop Collaboration with vocals) - Dick Dale and Gail Farrell
18. SHUT UP AND KISS ME (1995 Best Female Country Performance) - Ava Barber
19. NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE (1981 Best R&B Song) - Gail, Sandi, Mary Lou, Anacani, Cissy, Dick, Ken, Joe, Clay and Jimmy


Friday, April 29, 2011

Charlotte Harris and her cello

Happy Birthday Charlotte!

It's indeed an honor that the royal wedding is held on this same day....

Charlotte is indeed the Queen of all Cello Players!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Oh that Norman Bailey!

From 1956, here's Norm at the trumpet playing the melody aptly titled Oh!



Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bob Davis

Today is his birthday!

The best way to celebrate is to play one of the reed instruments.

Ladies love that you know....

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter everyone

It's a nice day for strolling to church.....

Today's service will be inspirational.....

.....and afterwards, lets go hunting for Easter eggs amongst the tulips.

But make sure you tiptoe please.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Nothing to see here, that's just Elmer's Tune

From 1974, here's Dick Dale with the girls as they sing this classic Glenn Miller song.



Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Yet another post that's One Toke Over The Line

Mainly because today is 4/20.....

From what I heard it's a national holiday for those who smoke the "wacky weed."

And by the way, I do not smoke that stuff or advocate the use of that stuff.

What you choose to do is your own personal responsibility.

That being said, I once again drag up the subject that is Dick Dale and Gail Farrell's cover of Brewer & Shipley's hit song "One Toke Over The Line".

Somehow, and this is just my opinion only, I think many members of the Musical Family really knew the true meaning of that song's lyrics.

And believe me, it ain't religious, even if the Maestro says it's a 'Modern Day Spiritual'.

If you've seen the video on You Tube, you noticed when Myron Floren was introducing the number, he coughs midway....

Maybe he knew something, or not, or he's just clearing his throat....

But it does add a bit of mystery and myth to this classic moment in music history though.

Once again, in "celebration" of this phenomenon known as 4/20, here's the number again for all to enjoy!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Welk Musical Family tumbles into the Tumblr phenomenon

The times are a changin'....

and Welk Musical Family is taking part in them as well.

Since this blog was first launched five years ago, I knew that finding fresh Welk related material would be hard once I approached 500, 1,000 & 1,500 posts.

Now that I'm approaching 1,700, it's time for me to cut back.

I'm still going to post here, I'm just going to reduce the number of throw away posts and put up more fresh, entertaining and fun material here.

And I will still post editorials here as well, I'm not giving up my right to rant.

But I do want to post Welk related pictures, without the hassle of course so I decided to launch Welk Musical Family's new official Tumblr page!

This will be updated with pictures as the days and months go by, some new, some old favorites but I know it's going to be fun for you to view as it is going to be fun for me posting.

And the best part of it all, you will be able to submit Welk pictures of your own as well.

So be a part of the Tumblr phenomenon, and tumble on down!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hit Songs From Broadway '74

Here's some of the highlights from this week's episode....

Sandi, Mary Lou and Gail are at the end of their rope.....

Anacani asks Henry Cuesta for extra change in order to use the studio's snack machine.....

Ava Barber plays with Roger Sullivan's cheeks for good luck.....

And the Musical Family would not touch the buffet table with a ten foot pole.

Must be the bean dip everyone's talking about

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Just singing in the rain

It's wet, cloudy and soggy around here.....might as well make music about it.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Champagne Book of the Month Club: Recipes for Remembrance

Getting hungry?

Tired of the same old dishes for dinner?

Need new ideas to sink your teeth into?

All this can be answered with this book of the month for April!

First published in 1985, and again in 2002....this book is a collection of personal recipes from members of the Musical Family complied by Cinda Goold Redman (Michael Redman's wife) and Jo Berry. Jack Imel's Sugar Cream Pie, Kenny Trimble's Black-Eyed Peas, Dick Dale's Beef Ribs, Gail Farrell's Veal Piccata are one of many tasty dishes featured in the book.

And of course, the Maestro himself, Lawrence Welk has his famous Chicken N' Dumplin's recipe as well!

I guarantee that there is a recipe that suits anyone's different taste, and is a great way to spice up breakfast, lunch or dinner.

And overall, make this featured book of the month worth reading!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Close Encounters of the Champagne Kind

Somehow, if there is life on other planets, I doubt that they would look like what Cissy and Bobby are wearing....


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

In a Persian Market

Here's the boys in the band from 1956 as they all put on their Sunday best and go shopping in a Persian Market!



Monday, April 11, 2011

Anyone remember Keep Sack?

It was the line of cartoon themed luggage created by Sally & Clay Hart....

Maybe you owned a set, or knew someone that did!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Celebrate Diez de Abril

It's just as fun as Cinco de Mayo, but unlike that particular holiday, here on Diez de Abril, we Welk fans get to celebrate the lovely Anacani's birthday!

Here's Ana from Branson in 2008....

Feliz Cumpleanos Anacani!

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Tanya talks about her struggle for a normal life!

That's what the headline says on the cover of the November 1972 issue of TV Star Parade

According to the article, written by Ann Bruce, it's really all about getting away from the hassle and stress of work for some relaxin' and recreation, something we all can relate to.

Read the whole story below....


Friday, April 08, 2011

Peggy Lennon's Platinum Jubilee

Which also means today is her 70th birthday....

Happy Birthday Peggy!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Kathy Lennon and Steve Smith

Dancing the night away down in New Orleans....


Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The Aldridge Sisters with a few of their famous friends....

Icons such as George Burns....

Don Rickles.....

....and last but certainly not least, Bob Hope!


Monday, April 04, 2011

At last, Toledo finally got to see that Marvin Hamlisch special

You know, the one everyone was talking about....

In a nutshell, it was originally a made as a public television pledge drive special hosted by Marvin himself. 

Marvin Hamlisch Presents the 70s; The Way We Were featured some of your favorite songs from the decade performed by the icons from that era, such as Freda Payne, Marilyn McCoo, Bobby Goldsboro, B.J Thomas and Ray Stevens just to name a few.

But for us Welk fans, it was that Guy & Ralna that was also featured amongst the roster of stars in the show, which was taped at Lindenwood University located just outside of St. Louis.

They sang "Just An Old Fashioned Love Song" which was a big hit for Three Dog Night in 1971. And by the way, our Favorite Singing Married Couple covered that same song some thirty odd years ago on the Welk show too.

That was not the only number they did, G&R also covered "Put Your Hand In The Hand", "You Needed Me" and "Lean On Me" in the show as well, but they were not included in the original broadcast. You have to get the companion CD and DVD for those numbers and much more bonus stuff as well.

Here they are, in all their glory....

And by the way, they were terrific as always!

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Junice strikes again!

It's been a while, but we have another Lawrence Welk parody on Saturday Night Live....

Last night, Junice and her sisters from the Finger Lakes made magic on the small screen, this time with SNL's featured host this week, the Piano Man himself, Sir Elton John.

Here's the video in all their comedic glory....


Saturday, April 02, 2011

George Thow from 1981

Today is a good day to pick up the trumpet again....

.....and jam Dixieland style with Bob Havens!