200 Years Of American Music
Lawrence and his Musical Family tell the history of America from folk songs to pop tunes. This exciting show opens as the band and all hands get together for “Yankee Doodle”, a song popular around the time our country was born. Myron Floren plays “Skip To My Lou” and Guy and Ralna sing “Home Sweet Home”. A real highlight is when Lawrence leads his musical family in “The Stars And Stripes Forever”.
Lawrence recalls his 25th anniversary on TV! A giant champagne glass sheds its sparkling glow on Lawrence and his lovely Champagne Lady, Norma Zimmer as they open this Silver Anniversary celebration waltzing to the “Anniversary Song.” Jack Imel repeats his 1956 debut performance of the song “Sleep”, and Myron Floren plays “Tico, Tico.” Lawrence leads the band in “Calcutta” – his first gold record, and Bobby and Elaine dance to “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.”
A Tribute to Fred Astaire
“ ‘S Wonderful” is the perfect choice to open a show saluting the great Fred Astaire. Bobby & Elaine dance “The Carioca”, Jack Imel plays a memorable marimba solo on “Limehouse Blues”, and the Aldridge sisters join the Otwell twins for “Three Little Words”. Myron Floren plays a rousing “I Love Louisa” and the band shines under the direction of George Cates on “Dancing In The Dark”.
Jack Benny plays first fiddle with the Welk band! Benny’s hilarious monologue and violin solo highlight a show which features great movie songs like Guy & Ralna singing “Buttons and Bows.”
All Time Favorites
Filled with the fans' favorite songs, "All Time Favorites" ... "Music, Music, Music," opens the show and sets the mood for a look back at some great old songs.
This is the perfect show to welcome Spring! “April Showers” opens the show. Norma Zimmer & Jimmy Roberts “Look For The Silver Lining” and Steve Smith sings about “April Love”. Natalie Nevins invites us to “Look To The Rainbow” and Jo Ann Castle plays a rousing “You Are My Sunshine”. Happy Spring!
Backstage with Our Musical Family
“Teamwork,” the opening number, defines what it takes to create a Lawrence Welk television show and the host, Mary Lou Metzger, takes you “Backstage with Our Musical Family” for a behind-the-scenes look.
Big Band Days
From the minute Lawrence “opens the bottle” with his trademark pop-fizz you know there’s great music to follow. Guy & Ralna salute Bob Wills with “San Antonio Rose”, Bob Ralston and Bob Smale recall the Guy Lombardo Orchestra and his twin pianos on “The Raindrop Serenade”, and the Jimmy Dorsey tune “Yours” gets a very special treatment by the lovely Anacani. Join us for a “Sentimental Journey”.
Big Band Memories
Big Band songs are performed. Included: "Concerto in B Flat Minor," with Bob Ralston and Bob Smale; "Green Eyes," with Guy Hovis and Ralna English; "Opus One," with Bobby Burgess and Elaine Balden; "Panama"; and "Perfida," with Anacani.
Big Band Splash
Lawrence Welk and his great orchestra play the music of the Big Band Era and salute legendary friends, including Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and others. The program includes performances of 20 full songs from many programs rarely, if ever, seen on the weekly series during the '70s and '80s. The Welk Musical Family sings classic Big Band songs and dances to the infectious rhythms of the '20s, '30s, '40s and '50s.
Big City, USA
Favorite songs that represent cities, states and other geographical sites are featured in "Big City, USA." Spotlighting the East coast are Lawrence and the band as they swing out to "Manhattan." Bobby and Elaine keep those "City Lights" aglow while Jimmy Roberts sings "I Left My Heart In San Francisco." Kathie Sullivan takes you to "Kansas City" and the band and singers close the show in the windy city of "Chicago".
This show pays tribute to the many beautiful vacation spots in California, and you’ll also see shots of San Francisco, Disneyland, and other famous landmarks. JoAnn Castle and Bob Lido take us to “San Francisco”, Dick Dale sings about the “San Fernando Valley”, and Bobby & Cissy are at the beach with “Music To Watch Girls By”. Andra Willis celebrates California’s rich Latin heritage with “Besame Mucho”, Joe Feeney sings about “My Little Gray Home In The West”, and Arthur Duncan dances to “Hooray For Hollywood.”
Can't Help Singing
This program from 1966 is filled with memorable melodies. Natalie Nevins and Jimmy Roberts “Cuddle Up A Little Closer”, JoAnn Castle plays a rousing “Bill Bailey”, and Norma Zimmer “Can’t Help Singing”. Myron Floren’s expertise on the accordion is evident in the “Spanish Samba” and violinist Joe Livoti plays the haunting melody “Intermezzo”. You’ll want to join the celebration for the classic Dixieland tune “When The Saints Go Marching In”.
The whole gang climbs aboard an ocean liner for a cruise through sunny, southern waters, with Ava Barber singing "Love Boat," and Bobby and Elaine following up with a dance to the "Love Boat Theme." Guy & Ralna perform "I Can’t Stop Loving You."
Included: "When the Carnival Comes to Town"; "Come Follow the Band"; "Carousel Waltz," featuring Bobby Burgess and Elaine Balden; "Too Long at the Fair," featuring Norma Zimmer; and "Stars & Stripes Forever."
“Those Were The Days” sets the tone for this look back at our favorite memories from childhood. Arthur Duncan brings his “Little Red Wagon”, Clay Hart is “Watchin’ Scotty Grow” and Guy and Ralna recall “Little Toy Trains”. Bob Smale shines on “Chopsticks” and “Small Fry” is perfectly suited to the warm, rich baritone of Dick Dale.
The program opens with "Jingle Bells," Norman Zimmer and the group sing "Silent Night," and Arthur Duncan knows how to "Ring Those Christmas Bells."
This holiday show is filled with timeless Christmas music like Norma Zimmer and Jimmy Roberts singing “Silver Bells.”
Country & Western
Howdy, partners! Grab your honey and get ready to square dance to the “Orange Blossom Special”. Neil Levang and Buddy Merrill shine on “San Antonio Rose”, Larry Hooper is our “Auctioneer”, and Bob Lido puts his very own original stamp on “Ragtime Cowboy Joe”. Feel free to dance to the “Tennessee Waltz” or sing along with Joe Feeney and the gang on “Goodnight Irene”.
Welk Musical Family costume designer, Rose Weiss, hosts this week’s program, “A County Fair Show“, a show that presented her with many costuming challenges.
Do You Remember
You'll probably remember every song on this show - from "Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be)" to "The Girl That I Marry". Norma Zimmer gives a beautiful performance of "My Favorite Things" and you'll laugh as Larry Hooper and Buddy Merrill cut up during "Sleepin' At The Foot Of The Bed". The Lawrence Welk Orchestra is in the spotlight for a medley of songs from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel" and you won't want to miss Buddy Merrill's impromptu guitar solo on "My Blue Heaven".
“Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet” and join our cast for an “Easter Parade”. Sandi & Salli meet “Peter Cottontail”, Larry Hooper sings about “Abbott the Rabbit”, and JoAnn Castle plays a memorable “A Tisket, A Tasket”. The sacred spirit of the season is captured as Lynn Anderson sings “It Is No Secret” and Norma Zimmer leads the group in “The Lord’s Prayer.”
Songs include "Sweet and Lovely"; "Whispering," which features the dancing of Bobby Burgess and Elaine Balden; "Someone to Watch Over Me," with Skeets Herfurt on sax; and "For the Good Times," featuring Guy Hovis and Neil LeVang.
If you’re ready to say “Let’s Get Away From It All”, come along with us! We can be “In Acapulco” with Anacani, “On The Boardwalk In Atlantic City”with Gail and Mary Lou, or on the “River Shannon” with Joe Feeney. Tanya sings about “Old Cape Cod”, Norma Zimmer and Jim Roberts love “Springtime In The Rockies”, and “On Top Of Old Smokey” is Clay Hart’s resort of choice. Come with us to some “Fabulous, Faraway Places”.
The Welk Stars have fun "down on the farm" as they open the show with "Surrey With The Fringe On Top". The Band plays "Goofus" and Guy Hovis does a great job on "Thank God I'm A Country Boy". While Clay Hart is "Grazin' in Greener Pastures", Sandi & Salli get together for "Tumbling Tumbleweeds". Feel free to sing along with Joe Feeney and the gang on "Shine On Harvest Moon" and just wait til you see who's on Old MacDonald's Farm!
Fashions & Hits Through the Years
This show chronicles the changes in fashion coupled with changing musical styles from the 20’s through the 50’s with songs like “Alice Blue Gown” by Norma Zimmer. Mary Lou Metzger joins Bobby Burgess, Jack Imel, and Charlie Parlato for the novelty number “Sam You Made The Pants Too Long” and the show winds up as the entire cast gets together to “Put On Your Sunday Clothes.”
From Polkas To Classics
The Band opens this show with the “Pennsylvania Polka” and the Lennon Sisters follow with a wistfully lovely “Serenade Of The Bells”. Bobby & Cissy dance to the classic “Andalucia” and Natalie Nevins sings “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria” from The Sound Of Music. Bob Lido and the entire cast wind things up with a toe-tapping Dixieland medley of “Ain’t She Sweet”, “Baby Face”, and “Five Foot Two”.
God Bless America
This special presentation features features 18 stars from the Welk Musical Family, including Anacani, Elaine Balden, Bobby Burgess, Jo Ann Castle, Henry Cuesta, Dick Dale, Ralna English, Joe Feeney, Myron Floren, Guy Hovis, Jack Imel, The Lennon Sisters, Mary Lou Metzger, Tom Netherton, Bob Ralston and Norma Zimmer.
Grammy Award Songs
This 1974 show salutes the songs recognized by the recording industry as the “best”. “Little Green Apples” is sung by Clay Hart. Dick Dale and the girls “Catch A Falling Star”, and Norma Zimmer enchants with “Moon River”. “Rose Garden”, “Cabaret” and “Mack The Knife” are just a few of the wunnerful, wunnerful songs included in this Grammy Award winning selection.
The music on this 1981 program salutes show business greats like George M. Cohan with a medley of his songs including “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “You’re A Grand Old Flag”, the Mills Brothers classic tune “Glow Worm” is sung by Gail, Ron, and Michael, and our saxaphone section recalls Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady”. Judy Garland is remembered with “You Made Me Love You” and Ava Barber salutes Eddie Arnold’s “Make The World Go Away”.
Larry Hooper gets things underway in this Halloween show singing "This Old House" with the aid of some friendly ghosts. Sandi, Gail, and Mary Lou "Put On A Happy Face" while Norma, the prettiest scarecrow you've ever seen sings "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered." You won't forget Ken Delo's "Shanty In Old Shanty Town" and you're sure to agree it's one of the best in a series of outstanding Welk Halloween shows.
Harry Warren Salute
This show is a 1972 salute to the music of Harry Warren. It opens with "Lullaby Of Broadway". Norma Zimmer sings "I Only Have Eyes For You", Jimmy Roberts charms with "I Love My Baby", and "Chattanooga Choo Choo" is made to order for Clay Hart. Mary Lou and the boys tell us that "Lulu's Back In Town" and Ralna delivers a memorable "You'll Never Know". They just don't write 'em like that anymore!
Soft winds, dreamy songs, catamarans skimming over blue waters, and the haunting music of Hawaii permeate this outstanding show. The whole gang flew to Hawaii and spent a week on location at some of the most beautiful spots on the Islands. This show features the “Hawaiian Wedding Song” by Guy and Ralna, Clay Hart, Sandi, & Salli sing “Pearly Shells”, and Gail and Mary Lou sing the novelty song “The Cockeyed Mayor Of Kaunakakai”, featuring the loveable Charlie Parlato.
Highways and Byways
This show from 1981 starts out "On The Street Where You Live" and takes us all the way to New Orleans and the "South Rampart Street Parade." You can find Ava Barber on "Primrose Lane", Jim Turner is on the "Streets of Laredo" and George Cates and the band are "On The Trail." Dick Dale is a "Cab Driver" that Ken Delo will never forget and Arthur, Gail, Ron & Michael are out on "Route 66". Enjoy the highways and byways with our musical family.
History of Lawrence Welk Musical Family
Larry Welk and his three sons host a unique and interesting “History of the Lawrence Welk Musical Family,” which recalls how each performer joined the show.
Hooray for Hollywood
Lawrence and his Musical Family give a cheer for Hollywood! The whole cast opens this tribute to the movies... and "Takes Your Girlie To the Movies."
Keep a Song in Your Heart
In this show Myron Floren and JoAnn Castle team up for a rare duet on the “Beer Barrel Polka”, Bob Ralston joins Bobby & Cissy for the “Warsaw Concerto”, and Arthur Duncan is “Runnin’ Wild”. Lynn Anderson tries “Walkin’ On New Grass” while Bob Lido and our Three Steppers are “Walkin’ Happy”. This 1968 show is guaranteed to keep a song in your heart.
Lawrence Welk’s Premiere Show
“Say It With Music” opens the 25th season of The Lawrence Welk Show on Public Television. It was also his very first national television broadcast. Alice Lon sings “Love Me Or Leave Me”, Larry Hooper delights with his signature song “Oh Happy Day”, Rocky Rockwell charms us with “I Love Girls”, and since it wouldn’t be a Welk show without a polka, “The Clarinet Polka” fits the bill perfectly. Don’t miss the show that started it all.
“L-O-V-E” is in the air throughout this show from 1980. Anacani sings “Secret Love”, the Elvis Pressley hit “Love Me Tender” gets a great rendition by Tom Netherton, and Kathie Sullivan asks “Why Do I Love You?” Bobby and Elaine dance to “Amor” and even Lawrence gets into the spirit as he waltzes with Mary Lou to “Love Makes The World Go Round.”
On this 1966 show, we’re invited to “Come To The Mardi Gras”, the Lennon Sisters sing a whimsical “I Dreamed”, and Natalie Nevins does a beautiful job with “Mr. Wonderful”. Dick Dale tell us about the “Shrimp Boats”, “Jambalaya” is a perfect choice for Bob Lido, and the cast and band swing out to close the show with the “South Rampart Street Parade”
Memories of Nat King Cole
This program from 1972 is a salute to the unforgettable songs of Nat “King” Cole. “L-O-V-E” opens the show with a bang! Tanya croons “Paper Moon”, Clay Hart pleases with “Ramblin’ Rose”, and Sandi Griffiths and the girls are beautiful on the song “Too Young”. Larry Hooper and the gang end this tribute with those “Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer”.
Mother's Day Show
A Mother's Day celebration includes "Blue Suede Shoes," "Kentucky Babe," "When I Take My Sugar to Tea," "Birds and the Bees" and "The Shifting Whispering Sands."
Lawrence pays tribute to the importance of movie music, pointing out that movies have used a musical background since the days of silent films, when a pianist or organist would build suspense with some towering crescendos! Henry Mancini leads the band on the theme from "The Pink Panther", Bobby and Elaine dance to his haunting "Charade" and the whole band gets together for his signature "Moon River".
Music of Irving Berlin
Lawrence and the Band kick off this Irving Berlin Show with “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, Tom Netherton sings the beautiful “What’ll I Do?”, and Kathie Sullivan is “Doin’ What Comes Naturally”. Sandi, Gail, and Mary Lou team up for “I Love A Piano”, and the band performs a rousing medley from “Annie Get Your Gun”. When you see this show from 1978 you’ll appreciate why Lawrence Welk called Irving Berlin “America’s greatest songwriter.”
The group opens this show with "Talk To The Animals", Norma Zimmer sings "I Get Along Without You Very Well" and the Lennon Sisters ask "Where Are The Words?" Our three steppers - Jack Imel, Arthur Duncan, and Bobby Burgess show us the importance of "Teamwork" and Joe Feeney sings a moving "There's No Tomorrow".
Never Too Young
This program was based on Lawrence Welk's book of the same name. Highlights include Tom Netherton's rendition of "Young At Heart", "Isn't It Romantic" played with style by the orchestra, and Bob Havens and the rhythm section swing out with "Maggie Blues". Kathie Sullivan and Ken Delo add a comic twist on "Kids" and everyone comes together for the "Beer Barrel Polka".
From “This Could Be The Start Of Something Big” to “Auld Lang Syne”, this show is filled with happy holiday nostalgia including a salute to the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade with songs like “Moonlight And Roses”, “Before The Parade Passes By”, and Everything’s Coming Up Roses”. Norma Zimmer sings “I Could Have Danced All Night” and Gail Farrell and Dick Dale inspire the cast with a rousing “Let’s Start The New Year Right”.
Lawrence and his Musical Family "go to work"! This charming show features the various occupations that keep us busy, ranging from Sandi & Salli flying high as a couple of astronauts for "We'll Make It To The Moon" to Larry Hooper digging in the coal mines for "Sixteen Tons". Myron Floren makes a handsome ringmaster on the "Circus Polka", Jack Imel is the "Sound Effects Man", and ultimately our band and singers seem to agree, "There's No Business Like Show Business."
This black & white classic opens as Lawrence and the Band perform “Cheek To Cheek”, the Lennon Sisters sing “Til The End Of Time”, and Dick Dale wants “One Dozen Roses”. Big Tiny Little tickles those ivories with “The Spaghetti Rag” and treats us to his novelty vocal on “Caldonia”. Along the way Rocky Rockwell sings “Sad Sack”, “I’m A Fool To Care” gets a memorable treatment by Alice Lon, and the clarinet virtuoso Pete Fountain plays the “Tail Gate Blues”.
This program of spiritual hymns, inspirational songs and gospel medleys, taped at the Welk Resort Theatre in Branson, Missouri, in early September 2004, features 15 stars from the Welk Musical Family, including Norma Zimmer, the Lennon Sisters, Jo Ann Castle, Ralna English, Guy Hovis, Mary Lou Metzger, Jack Imel, Tom Netherton, Ken Delo, Dick Dale, Gail Farrell, Bob Ralston, and Joe Feeney. The special also features the Welk Champagne Music Makers under the direction of John Bahler.
Rhythm is Our Business
Lawrence adds a blazing blonde streak of excitement to this show when he presents super talented Barbara Mandrell as his guest star. She sings a show stopping “I Can’t Stop Loving You” with Welk guitarist Neil LeVang underlining every nuance. Anacani sings a memorable “Sweet And Gentle Cha Cha” and Guy and Ralna do a spectacular version of the “Orange Blossom Special” with the entire fiddle section adding to the excitement.
Salute to Cole Porter
The irresistibly joyful song “Wunderbar” opens this sparkling tribute to the music of Cole Porter. Bobby & Cissy swirl to “The Continental”, Henry Cuesta highlights “Begin The Beguine” with his clarinet artistry, and Guy & Ralna harmonize on “True Love”. The orchestra is featured on several outstanding numbers - “Night And Day”, “ I Get A Kick Out Of You”, and “Easy To Love”. The finale finds Clay Hart singing “Don’t Fence Me In” while the entire cast gathers around.
Salute to Famous Musical Families
Anacani hosts a "Salute to Famous Musical Families" and shares some of her own family's favorite foods. The show opens with "Bye Bye Love, " made famous by the Everly Brothers, and features Tanya with The Carpenters' big hit, "We've Only Just Begun." Anacani's mother, in the audience, joins her for "You Belong to My Heart."
Salute to Kathy Lennon
Kathy Lennon sings "Secret Love," leads the band on "Woodchopper's Ball" and shares her Branson, Mo., home. Also: "Music, Music, Music," featuring JoAnn Castle; "Won't You Charleston With Me," featuring Barbara Boylan and Bobby Burgess.
Salute to Nashville
Host: Jim Turner and Ava Barber Two Tennessee natives, Jim Turner and Ava Barber, are the hosts of Lawrence Welk's "Salute to Nashiville," a fun-filled romp through the country music capital of the USA. On the show, Ava's solo number is "Could I Have This Dance" and Jim Turner sings "Smoky Mountain Rain," but as a special treat, on one of the host segments, they perform a duet together, "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma." The program ends with the entire cast singing and dancing to "Orange Blossom Special."
Salute to New York City
From the opening number “New York, New York” to the finale - a toe tapping medley of “The Bowery” and “Sidewalks Of New York”, this show moves with the hustle and excitement of the Big Apple itself. Bobby & Cissy dance to “Broadway Melody”, Tom Netherton sings “Manhattan”, and Joe Feeney and Myron Floren team up for “Give My Regards To Broadway”. Sandi, Gail, and Mary Lou sing a sparkling version of “The Walter Winchell Rumba”. New York never sounded so good!
Salute To Our Senior Citizens
This tune filled tribute to the "young at heart" is filled with wonderful melodies, starting with "Dearie". Along the way Gail, Ron, & Michael invite us to "Let’s Go Dance Again", Jim Turner croons "Try To Remember", while Kathie Sullivan sings "Among My Souvenirs". Lawrence conducts the band on "You’re An Old Smoothie" and even fits in a tag dance with the ladies.
Salute to the Armed Forces
Jack Imel does his hosting duties from the Veteran's Memorial Museum in Branson, a fitting location for a "Salute to the Armed Forces." The show is also a tribute to Jack's skill as a producer/choreographer, with highly creative numbers that range from "How Ya' Gonna Keep `em Down on the Farm" and "Alley Cat" to "Pack Up Your Troubles" and "Jack Is Every Inch a Sailor" that feature most of the Welk Musical Family.
Salute to the Big Bands
An episode from 1960 is spotlighted. Included: "Heartaches"; "Minnie the Moocher"; "When My Baby Smiles at Me"; and "Who Wouldn't Love You."
Salute to the Swing Bands
If you love the music of the great swing bands - songs like Tommy Dorsey's "I'll Never Smile Again," Woody Herman's "Woodchopper's Ball," or "American Patrol" and "Tuxedo Junction" by Glenn Miller, you'll love Lawrence Welk's Salute to the Swing Bands from 1979. Ken Delo sings Jimmy Dorsey's "So Rare" and the always beautiful Anacani sings "Amapola". From "Sophisticated Lady" to the "Original Boogie Woogie" - there's something for everyone on this show filled with the great swing music from the Big Band Era.
Salute to the U.S.A
This historic show from 1971 was the very first syndicated show on the newly formed Lawrence Welk Network. The show starts with a rousing “Thank You Very Much” to our loyal audience and sponsors and ends with a reverent “America The Beautiful”. Along the way Ralna sings “Tennessee Waltz,” Norma and Jimmy can be found in “Beautiful Ohio,” and Myron, Bobby & Cissy get together for the “Pennsylvania Polka”. You’ll want to travel along with the musical family as they salute our great country.
Say It With Music
The final ABC episode (from 1971) is spotlighted. Included: "I Asked The Lord," featuring Norma Zimmer; "12th Street Rag," featuring Myron Floren; and "It May Be Silly," featuring Buddy Merrill.
This is the show that opened the season back in 1976. Lawrence and the band kick of this show with "In The Mood". Guy and Ralna sing "Feelings" and Tanya takes center stage with "Love Will Keep Us Together". Ken Delo sings the beautiful "Hawaiian Wedding Song" and Joe Feeney and our singers perform a heartfelt "The Song Is You".
Sights and Sounds of L.A.
On this show from 1979 you’ll hear from Lawrence and the band in a lively updated version of “Up A Lazy River”, while Bobby & Barbara dancingly give you an idea of just what “L.A. Is”. Henry Cuesta and the band perform “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” and the wax museum comes to life with some surprise guests. It all wraps up when Bob Lido and the Hotsy Totsy boys take us to the race track with “Runnin’ Wild”.
Small Town U.S.A.
Myron Floren hosts this amazing show from 1969 and it really showcases the talents of costumer Rose Weiss and the glorious sets of Chuck Coon.
Something About A Hometown Band
This show boasts an eclectic mix of musical styles including the polka, waltz, country, Broadway and patriotic songs. Larry Hooper is a “Ding Dong Daddy”, Sandi & Salli invite us to “Keep A Little Sunshine In Your Heart”, and Andra Willis recalls Wee Bonnie Baker with “Oh Johnny”. The whole casts salutes Lawrence’s birthplace with “My North Dakota Home”.
Songs by Johnny Mercer
Lawrence and the gang celebrate the genius of Johnny Mercer by featuring some of the well-loved songs written by this prolific lyricist and composer. Lawrence appreciated the philosophy behind his songs illustrating the point with “Accentuate The Positive”. Guy & Ralna reprise the exciting “Tangerine” made famous by Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberle, Bobby & Cissy dance to “Charade”, and Larry Hooper and Jimmy Roberts spoof “You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby”.
Songs from the Classics
Lawrence has fun tracking down the origin of contemporary songs adapted from the classics! In the opening of this show, Lawrence asks the rhetorical question, “What do the following songs have in common – “Mack The Knife”, “Our Love”, and “Hot Diggity, Dog Ziggity”? The answer, as he gleefully explains, is that all of them were originally classical compositions. As the show progresses, Lawrence explains where each song came from including “Baubles, Bangles, and Beads”, “Song of Love”, and “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows.”
Songs From The Movies
Some of your favorite songs & themes from movies are heard in this entertaining show. “Hooray For Hollywood” gets us underway, Anacani gives Carmen Miranda her due with “South America, Take It Away”, Guy & Ralna sing the romantic “Somewhere My Love”, while Ava Barber, with the help of Charlie Parlato will tickle your funny bone with “Tumbling Tumbleweeds.” Jack Imel and the group close the program with “Singin’ In The Rain”, a fitting tribute to Gene Kelly.
Songs of Perry Como
This charming show features songs made famous by Perry Como, and things get underway with one of Perry's happiest hits, "Hot Diggity", and then KATHIE SULLIVAN sings the lovely "It's Impossible." BOBBY AND CISSY dress up as a pair of toddlers and "Papa Loves Mombo," GEORGE CATES leads the band in a lush arrangement of "Temptation," and AVA BARBER belts out one of Perry's greatest hits, "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes."
Songs of the 70's
The 1970s come alive in this show from 1978 as it sets the mood with "Tie A Yellow Ribbon". Johnny Zell and the band play "Feelings", Guy and Ralna sing "I Write The Songs" and Ava Barber sings "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue". Myron Floren even finds a polka that fits the theme - "My Melody of Love". Join us for a celebration of some of the great music of the 1970s.
Host: Kathie Sullivan Lawrence and the gang serendade the natural beauty of "Spring." From the opening song with the band, "April Showers," to Guy & Ralna performing "Listen To My Smile." Bobby & Cissy do a spectacular dance number to "Love Will Keep Us Together," and Tanya sings "Spring Will Be a Little Late."
Strike Up the Band
This show is one of the classic Black and White programs - not seen since its original airing in 1964. Barbara Boylan and Bobby Burgess dance to a medley of songs that includes everything from “The Bunny Hug” to “The Twist”. Myron Floren kicks off a Norwegian segment with the “Happy Norwegian Polka”, and the four Lennon Sisters take us to “Mockingbird Hill”. Aladdin, always a favorite, delivers a moving recitation called “I Am The United States” which is followed by a rousing rendition of “The National Emblem March”.
Tahoe '73 - That Big Band Sound
This happy, light-hearted show opens with the cast dancing down the aisles of the TV studio singing “We Can Make Music” and shaking hands with members of the audience en route. Guy and Ralna sing “I Can’t Stop Loving You”, Anacani sings “Spanish Eyes”, and Clay Hart sings the hit song of the year that almost became an anthem for our troops serving overseas, “Tie A Yellow Ribbon”. Ralna closes the show with a spine-tingling rendition of her most requested song “How Great Thou Art”.
This most beautiful Thanksgiving Special gets off to a rousing start with the Band and Singers reminding you "There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays". Guy and Ralna invite viewers to "Y'all Come", while Sandi and the girls sing "Count Your Blessings". The traditional "Bless This House" features Norma Zimmer, and Joe Feeney and the group remembers to "Be Thankful".
The Great Gershwin
When this show from 1972 opens with “Of Thee I Sing” you know there’ll be “wunnerful, erful, wunnerful “ music to follow. Norma Zimmer fills the bill with the haunting “Someone To Watch Over Me”, Bobby & Cissy dance to “The Man I Love”, and nobody plays “Rhapsody In Blue” like Bob Ralston. Joe Livoti reminds us just how beautiful “Summertime” is and Sandi and Salli have fun with “Do, Do, Do”. “S’Wonderful” certainly sums up the music of the great Gershwin.
The Irish Show
“It’s A Great Day For The Irish” on this show from 1979. Joe Feeney is accompanied by Myron Floren on the beautiful “Galway Bay” and Ava Barber sings “Harrigan”. Guy and Ralna sing a touching “Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ra” while Bob Ralston plays “How Are Things In Glocca Morra” with flair. Even Bob Lido and the Hotsy Totsy Boys get into the act with “Four Leaf Clover”. There’s fun for everyone on this great Irish show.
The Italian Show
Aladdin, the show’s resident Italian, acts as the host for much of this show - and he does it with humor and verve. The Lennon Sisters boat down a Venice canal singing “Santa Lucia”, and Barbara and Bobby dance to a spirited “Tarantella”. Joe Feeney sings a poignant “O Sole Mio”, and Jo Ann Castle romps through “Carnival Of Venice”. Filled with a sense of Italian laughter & love, the whole show is, well - bravissimo!
The Norma Zimmer Show
Norma passed away in 2011 and this show is a tribute to her - in the truest sense. Filmed in 1965, Norma sings “Whistle While You Work” while showing off her exquisite paintings. She teaches Barbara and Bobby to dance in the “Polka Lesson” and dances a Viennese waltz with Lawrence on “Vienna Echoes”. The Blenders join Janet Lennon for “I’m Gonna Build A Fence Around You” and Bob Lido and Aladdin are the comic relief on “Beans, Beans”. But it’s really Norma’s show and included is a tribute to this great lady.
The Songs of Jimmy McHugh
This 1980 salute to the songs of Jimmy McHugh ranges from Lawrence leading the band in "I Feel A Song Coming On" to Guy & Ralna's vocal interpretation of "Maggie Blues". Other McHugh favorites included are "Don't Blame Me", "When My Sugar Walks Down The Street", and "I'm In The Mood For Love". You'll agree with our cast that this is truly "A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening".
Top Songs from Broadway Shows
When the curtain goes up on this 1974 show you’ll have a front row seat for some amazing music. You’ll hear your favorite show tunes - “Til There Was You” from The Music Man, “The Impossible Dream” from The Man of La Mancha, and “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler on the Roof. Cissy King joins Lawrence for that beautiful waltz “Wunderbar” from Kiss Me Kate, and our singers pose the question “Shall We Dance” from The King and I to round out our Broadway experience.
Tour of Southern California
This colorful look at Southern California’s beautiful locations has Guy and Ralna singing about “Far Away Places”. Myron Floren, Joey Schmidt and the boss himself play “It’s A Small World”, the Aldridge Sisters and the Otwell Twins sing a wistful “California Dreamin’,” and Anacani delights with “Cielito Lindo”.
Tribute to Bing Crosby
Lawrence pays tribute to "one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever known" – Bing Crosby! Tom Netherton sings one of Crosby's most romantic ballads, "Moonlight Becomes You", Sandi, Gail, and Mary Lou have fun with "Swingin' On A Star", Joe Feeney croons "Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ra", the lovely Irish lullaby from Crosby's Academy Award-winning movie, "Going My Way", and Norma Zimmer and Jimmy Roberts blend their voices in "True Love."
Tribute to Disney
This show is a delight from start to finish, with outstanding costumes and sets, plus the emotional return of Larry Hooper after a long illness. Larry sings appropriately enough, “Oh Happy Day.” Other highlights include “It’s A Small World”, Bobby & Cissy dancing to the “Mickey Mouse Mambo”, and Norma Zimmer singing a lovely “When You Wish Upon A Star”. Ken Delo sings about the “Big Bad Wolf” to his pretty daughter, Kimberly, and Lawrence dances to “The Waltz of the Flowers” with Cissy King.
Tribute to Jerome Kern
This program celebrates the enormous talent and versatility of Jerome Kern. From the opening medley of “Who”, “I Won’t Dance”, “You Couldn’t Be Cuter”, and “Old Man River”, to the infectious melody of the closing number, “Pick Yourself Up”, there’s something for everyone. Ava Barber invites us to “Look For The Silver Lining”, Ken Delo reminisces about “The Last Time I Saw Paris”, and Tom Netherton sets a romantic mood with “They Didn’t Believe Me”. Sit back, relax, and ENJOY!
Tribute to the Big Bands
The Band remembers Glenn Miller with “In The Mood”, Tommy Dorsey is Saluted with “Marie”, and Benny Goodman with “Let’s Dance.” Jack Imel presents “When My Baby Smiles At Me” to honor Ted Lewis, and the show ends with a tribute to our boss and his theme song “Bubbles In The Wine.”
This documentary about the legendary television series features rarely seen footage from more than 50 years of the longest-running series on national television and outstanding never-before-seen archival performances by members of the Welk Musical Family, starting with the earliest days of the show.
We Can Make Music
Included: "The Good Life"; "Tie a Yellow Ribbon," featuring Clay Hart; "The Beat Goes On," featuring Arthur Duncan, Bobby Burgess and Jack Imel; and "How Great Thou Art," featuring Ralna English.
You’re Never Too Young
This program was based on Lawrence Welk’s book of the same name. Highlights include Tom Netherton’s rendition of “Young At Heart”, “Isn’t It Romantic” played with style by the orchestra, and Bob Havens and the rhythm section swing out with “Maggie Blues”. Kathie Sullivan and Ken Delo add a comic twist on “Kids” and everyone comes together for the “Beer Barrel Polka”.
This show features the score from the Broadway musical “No No Nanette” and the entire cast gets into the act for one of the greatest finales in the history of the Lawrence Welk Show. Before that happens however, Clay Hart sings “Oh Lonesome Me”, Sandi and Salli do “Rose Garden”, and Bobby & Cissy dance to “Let’s Face The Music And Dance”. But it’s the “No No Nanette” segment and that great finale that are guaranteed to make you smile.