Thursday, August 25, 2011

Anacani with Los Panchos

Here's a rare treat for all you Anacani fans!

This gem from You Tube has the Maestro's favorite Mexican girl with the trio known as Los Panchos on Latin TV circa 1975 with the song Nosotros.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Call Me

Back in the day before cell phones, smart phones, Bluetooth, Blackberry and all that high tech stuff, Americans used old fashioned landlines to make phone calls.

And to help them is the operator, many of whom are attractive young girls who can sing!

Like Tanya here....

While were on that subject, here's our lovely singing operator from Ma Bell with her cover of Chris Montez's hit song "Call Me".

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Champagne Five - Musical Family covers of Lynyrd Skynyrd


Now is the time for a new version of the Champagne Five, one in which the South is gonna rise again.

This edition will combine Lawrence Welk and the legendary Southern Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

And out of this, we bring you my choice of the top five Skynyrd songs I like to see covered by the Champagne Music Makers.

Sweet Home Alabama indeed.....

1. SWEET HOME ALABAMA - Sheila & Sherry Aldridge with Roger & David Otwell
2. WHAT'S YOUR NAME - Guy Hovis & Ralna English
3. FREEBIRD - Joe Feeney with Bob Ralston at the Thomas organ
5. MADE IN THE SHADE - Tanya Falan

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Some Thursday rumblings

Yeah I know, it's been a while since I lasted posted here, it's not easy trying to find new and fresh Welk related material.

That aside, here's some things I like to get off my chest.

I'm excited about the new season on PBS, it's very cool that the first episode of the season is the original premiere episode from July 2, 1955. Should be a real treat seeing some of your old favorites making their national television debut.

I also been hearing horror stories that many PBS affiliates have dropped the Welk show from their schedule due to cuts in the budget, like what has happened in Florida.

Because the Sunshine State's governor, Rick Scott, decided to veto $4.8 million to fund public broadcasting, Orlando's PBS affiliate WMFE is no more, selling the station to a religious broadcaster.

The good news is that WUCF is now the new PBS affiliate for the market. The bad news is, at least for now, they are not carrying the Lawrence Welk Show like WMFE did.

There's two things we all should learn from this.....

One. Rick Scott is a flippin' idiot and he'll suffer a painful defeat when he runs for re-election. (Hell has no fury than a Welk fan scorned)

Two. The importance of public television cannot be taken for granted.

Support your public broadcaster, whether they carry the Welk Show or not, it's one of the great cultural and educational treasures that our country has to offer.     

Thursday, August 04, 2011

All The Things You Are

From 1978, here's George Cates doing what he does best, conducting the singers and the band with this particular Jerome Kern number.


Monday, August 01, 2011

If today is the First of August..... can only mean one thing.

Today is Sandi Griffiths' birthday!