Monday, January 30, 2012

Memories of Nat King Cole

This week's Welk episode is best described as Unforgetable.

In case you guessed it by now, it's a salute to the iconic singer Nat King Cole!

Highlights from this episode include....

.....Tanya singing whenever there's a full moon

.....pondering of if there's musical discounts from Geico

.....and Dick Dale gets romantic with Gail Farrell.


1. L-O-V-E - Ralna, Mary Lou, Gail, Sandi, Anacani, Tanya, Guy, Ken, Arthur, Larry, Joe and Jimmy
2. NATURE BOY - danced by Cissy King and Bobby Burgess
3. AUTUMN LEAVES - Norma Zimmer
4. DANCE, BALLERINA, DANCE - the orchestra
5. ANSWER ME MY LOVE - Guy Hovis and Ralna English

6. WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK - Myron Floren on accordion with Bobby and Cissy dancing
7. PAPER MOON - Tanya Falan
8. MONA LISA - Ken Delo with Bob Smale at the piano
9. ROUTE 66 - Dick Dale, Kenny Trimble and Charlie Parlato with dancing by Bobby Burgess, Arthur Duncan and Jack Imel
10. VAYA CON DIOS - Anacani

11. SMILE - Jimmy Roberts
12. PRETEND - the orchestra
13. RAMBLIN' ROSE - Clay Hart and his guitar
14. WALKIN' MY BABY BACK HOME - Dick Dale and Gail Farrell
15. STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT - Arthur Duncan tap dancing

16. TOO YOUNG - Sandi Griffiths with Tanya, Anacani, Ralna, Norma, Mary Lou and Gail
17. SWEET LORRAINE - Henry Cuesta on clarinet with Bob Havens on trombone and the rhythm section
18. NON DIMENTICAR - Joe Feeney with Bob Ralston at the Thomas Organ
19. LAZY, HAZY, CRAZY DAYS OF SUMMER - Larry Hooper with Mary Lou, Arthur, Norma, Jimmy, Sandi, Tanya, Dick, Anacani, Guy, Ralna, Bobby, Cissy, Ken and Gail

A fine and fitting tribute to one of the world's best singers, who we lost way too soon....

One thing is for sure, and we can all take comfort in this. Like Lawrence Welk, the legacy of Nat King Cole lives on with his recordings and tapes of his television appearances, ensuring that younger generations can enjoy what music is really all about.

So until next time, keep a song in your heart and always remember to straighten up and fly right! 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

200 Years of American Music - Part One

It's the mother of all Bicentennial Parties on the Welk Show!

Throughout the year of 1976, America celebrated her 200th birthday with songs, parties and fireworks whether it was on television or with friends, family and perfect strangers.

And the gang on the Lawrence Welk Show took part in the star spangled, red and white blue celebrations.

Highlights from the show include.....

.....festivities from the Donner Party square dance

Cissy and Bobby jumping for joy....

.....and all is quiet on Western Front.

200 YEARS OF AMERICAN MUSIC - January 17, 1976

1. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY - the orchestra
2. HAIL COLUMBIA! - Gail, Ken, Tanya, Tom, Mary Lou, Bobby, Cissy, Jimmy and Anacani
3. THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME - Guy Hovis & Ralna English
4. DIXIE - the orchestra
5. AFTER YOU'VE GONE - Tanya Falan with Arthur Duncan tap dancing

6. SKIP TO MY LOU - Myron Floren on accordion with Anacani, Cissy, Mary Lou, Bobby, Ken and Jack dancing
7. OH SHENANDOAH - Dick Dale and Ava Barber
8. THERE WILL BE A HOT TIME IN THE OLD TOWN TONIGHT - Bobby Burgess and Cissy King dancing
   a) OH SUSANNA - Joe, Gail, Larry, Anacani, Ken, Mary Lou, Guy, Ralna, Tom and Ava
   b) OLD FOLKS AT HOME - The Semonski Sisters
   c) BEAUTIFUL DREAMER - Charlotte Harris at the cello
   d) CAMPTOWN RACES - the orchestra
   e) OH SUSANNA REPRISE - Joe, Gail, Larry, Anacani, Ken, Mary Lou, Guy, Ralna, Tom and Ava
10. WILL YOU REMEMBER (SWEETHEART)? - Norma Zimmer and Jimmy Roberts

12. THERE'S A LONG LONG TRAIL - Tom Netherton with Sandi Griffiths, Gail Farrell and Mary Lou Metzger
13. YO TE AMO, YO TE ADORO - Anacani
     a) YOU'RE A GRAND OLD FLAG - Arthur, Gail, Jimmy, Tanya, Tom, Mary Lou, Cissy, Bobby,
         Ralna, Guy, Norma, Ken
     b) MARY'S A GRAND OLD NAME - Joe Feeney
     c) YANKEE DOODLE DANDY - Ken Delo with Jimmy, Bobby, Tom, Guy and Arthur
     d) GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY - Arthur, Gail, Jimmy, Tanya, Tom, Mary Lou, Cissy,
         Bobby, Ralna, Guy, Norma, Ken
15. THE ST. LOUIS BLUES - Henry Cuesta on clarinet with Bob Smale on piano
16. THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC - Cissy, Gail, Ava, Norma, Mary Lou, Tanya, Ralna, Anacani, Joe, Bobby, Ken, Larry, Tom, Guy, Jimmy, Arthur

I would say that the Musical Family captured the spirit of the Bicentennial very well.

Also, as the Maestro mentioned at the beginning of the show, a double album of songs aptly titled Lawrence Welk Singers & Orchestra Presents 200 Years of American Music can be heard in the comforts of your own home. Just go to ebay, Amazon or your local vintage record store to bring home your little piece of patriotic music.

Until next time, keep a song in your heart and God Bless America!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A vote for SOPA and PIPA is a vote for censorship

The internet is one of the last bastions where creativity and originality exists in this world.

But if Congress has their way, SOPA the Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA the Protect IP Act would put a stop to it, under the guise of combating online piracy.

I'm all for stopping piracy and protecting intellectual property, but this pile-of-crap legislation reeks more about heavy-handed censorship and big government intrusion. If this legislation is successful, webmasters and bloggers like myself would be silenced.

And that alone would cast a cloudy and uncertain future for Welk Musical

Contact your Senators and Representative and tell them NO to internet censorship and YES to creative freedom! 

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Mary Lou Metzger on Dale Radio

The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 19th is THE place to be....

Mary Lou Metzger will be on Dale Radio.

And there will be live music by the UCLA Jazz Ensemble, plus much much more!

If you're not anywhere near Los Angeles, don't worry.....Dale Radio is a popular radio podcast. All you need is be near a computer and it's like you're there.

And if you are going to attend in person, attendance is free.

You can't beat that!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

New Years Eve '70

Happy New Year everyone!

A new calendar year brings forth new promises, new hopes and memories which is what the Musical Family demonstrates in this week's episode.

And here are some of the highlights!

Ken Delo is a sucker for a pretty face like Mary Lou....

Richard Maloof receives some shocking news.....

.....and the NCAA investigates more allegations against Ohio State.

NEW YEARS EVE - December 26, 1970

1. THIS COULD BE THE START OF SOMETHING BIG - Gail, Cissy, Mary Lou, Bobby, Joe, Arthur, Norma, Ralna, Sandi, Sally, Guy and Jimmy
2. MAY YOU ALWAYS - Tanya Falan
3. OH HOW MY HEART BEATS - Myron Floren on accordion with Richard Maloof on tuba and assisted by Gail Farrell and Mary Lou Metzger on coconuts

5. THE EARLY DAYS OF THE DANCE/LAND OF A THOUSAND DANCES - danced by Bobby Burgess and Cissy King
6. THIS GUY'S IN LOVE WITH YOU - Guy Hovis and Ralna English
7. GAMES PEOPLE PLAY - Clay Hart with Buddy Merrill and Neil Levang on guitar and Richard Maloof on bass
9. SWING OUT - Johnny Zell on trumpet, Peanuts Hucko on clarinet and Bob Havens on trombone

10. THE MUSIC GOES ROUND AND ROUND - Sandi Griffiths and Sally Flynn with Richard Maloof on tuba
11. YOUR EYES HAVE TOLD ME SO - Joe Feeney with Bob Ralston on piano
12. CUMANA - Bob Ralston on piano
13. BEFORE THE PARADE PASSES BY - Sandi, Dick, Sally, Bobby, Ken, Tanya, Joe, Myron, Charlotte Harris, Curt Ramsey, Ralna, Guy, Gail, Cissy, Mary Lou and Arthur
14. EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSES - danced by Arthur Duncan

15. BEAUTIFUL OHIO - Norma Zimmer and Jimmy Roberts
16. DOWN BY THE OHIO - Bob Lido and the Hotsy Totsy Boys featuring Jack Imel on drums, Charlie Parlato on trumpet, Russ Klein on piccolo sax, Bob Havens on trombone, Bob Ralston on piano and Richard Maloof on bass
17. MOONLIGHT AND ROSES - the orchestra
18. LETS START THE NEW YEAR RIGHT - Gail Farrell and Dick Dale with Cissy, Bobby, Arthur, Norma, Jimmy, Sally, Myron, Sandi, Tanya, Joe, Ralna, Guy, Charlotte, Mary Lou and Ken along with Johnny Zell on trumpet, Peanuts Hucko on clarinet and Bob Havens on trombone

During the show, I noticed the recurring theme other than New Year's Eve was the Tournament of Roses parade and the Rose Bowl. 

Here's the Maestro talking with the reigning queen of the Rose Parade.

And during the parade number, we see that half the Music Makers waving Ohio State pennants and the other half Stanford pennants.

These were the two schools that were scheduled to play in that year's Rose Bowl.

And if you're a sports fan, Stanford won that game 27-17. The game's Most Valuable Player? It was quarterback Jim Plunkett who would go on to win two Super Bowls in a sixteen year career in the pros.

So until next time, keep a song in your heart and remember where the music comes out after it goes round and round.