And Ah-one, Ah-two: The Lawrence Welk Show
Posted Apr 29, 2012 @ 7:05 PM
Posted Apr 29, 2012 @ 9:45 PM
I also noticed how much smaller the band seemed.
Posted May 2, 2012 @ 2:54 PM
Less than two weeks for the 1956 black and white show!
Posted May 6, 2012 @ 2:57 PM
Choe and Chimmy were delegated to the chorus only. I sat through Kathie and Dick's duet, but I certainly would not have called them a great team. The whole time I looked at Kathie I anticipated Buck Owens and Roy Clark to follow, "Pickin' and Grinnin". Skeets Herfurt and Russ Klein did a great job advertising for the Escondido Toupee Shop without saying a word. The Escondido Hillbillies also got the FF button.
I did like Michael, Gail, and Ron. They were the only good thing to hit the Welk show since 1965. Ralna was "electrifying" doing TWO numbers. That stay in the funny farm gave her the jolt she needed to perform again.
I liked the instrumentals tha were on this show. I figured a kid could not hide under a piano from Bob Ralston. Bob could trick him by continuing to play the piano while under it making a grab!
All in all, I give this show a B-. It would have gotten a B if they had shown previews for next week's black and white show from 1956.
Posted May 6, 2012 @ 3:35 PM
BX, I agree "Glow Worm" was musically satisfying, and that Tomboy's sweaty countenance provided most of the entertainment during his number.
Lastly, Bobby proved that enough prancing can ruin any dance number. The Mousketeers choreographer apparently ruined him for life. "No, Bobby -- bigger! Bigger!"
Posted May 6, 2012 @ 5:12 PM
Thankfully Arthur did not have a solo. It was painful enough trying to keep up with Jack and Bobby.
Edited by BX60, May 6, 2012 @ 5:41 PM.
Posted May 6, 2012 @ 6:09 PM
Wasn't that Ralson's porn name; Ben Dover ?
.....he was "doing" Liberace. Just proves he'll bend over backwards to give satisfaction.
Posted May 6, 2012 @ 10:03 PM
Posted May 7, 2012 @ 9:20 AM
Posted May 7, 2012 @ 10:41 AM
As to Mary Lou's dopey comments about Bobby and Butch....I assume she is reading from cue cards. I wish that just once she would be honest and ask "who writes this sh*t anyway".
Posted May 7, 2012 @ 4:50 PM
Posted May 7, 2012 @ 8:02 PM
Probably no worse than getting rid of "beer."
"As to Mary Lou's dopey comments about Bobby and Butch"
I imagine Mary Lou would extol the virtues of North Korea if paid a check.
Posted May 10, 2012 @ 11:50 AM
Quite frankly, Mary Lou never struck me as being completely sincere about anything; she just "gushes" too much.
I imagine Mary Lou would extol the virtues of North Korea if paid a check.
She's still trying to act like the ingenue she was 40 years ago. It's not very becoming on a woman in her early 60's.
I'm also surprised that she wound up as a Welk spokesperson. She always struck me as a rather insignificant member of the cast; never impressed me as being anything special.
I find it rather sad that some people have to rely on things they did 40 years ago to keep a "career" alive.
Posted May 10, 2012 @ 6:34 PM
I guess she was the lesser of all evils.
Posted May 13, 2012 @ 11:15 AM
Soapbox Alert: It irks me to think that back then you could count on a great show every week, and these days we're lucky to get a couple a year. Mary Lou's pre-show comments suggested it was a big deal to dig this show out of the archives. Why should that be? Whoever prepares the old Welk programs for public TV surely has access to all of them. Except for a little extra knob-twisting, it should be just as easy to serve up a show like Mothers' Day 1956 as it is to shovel Tomboy and the Ostrich Sisters at us yet again.
Posted May 13, 2012 @ 2:57 PM
Posted May 13, 2012 @ 3:33 PM
Posted May 13, 2012 @ 7:51 PM
Edit: Anyone know who Norman Bailey's wife was? She was too professional to just come out of the audience.
Edited by juanruiz, May 13, 2012 @ 7:56 PM.
Posted May 16, 2012 @ 5:02 AM
I wondered the same thing..... She had the style and demeanor of a big band singer. Perhaps that was in her background. I enjoyed seeing her.
Anyone know who Norman Bailey's wife was? She was too professional to just come out of the audience.
While I'm on the subject of Big Bands -- which is what LW pretended to be -- WHAT do you (anyone?) suppose made Lawrence put such an emphasis on "country" during the last years?
There was Ava Barber, Jim Turner, Clay Hart, Lynn Anderson, The Oddball Twins, Guy and Ralna. (Who am I missing?) Any ONE of them would have filled the bill for the genre -- without turning it into "Hee Haw."
My guess is that Lawrence was pissing on his own values in the hopes of getting ratings, as "country," which I dislike, seems to have a broad fan base. Can't say I respect that.
I agree, this 1956 show was like watching a different show altogether. Very high quality performances. What it morphed into over the years was a pathetic joke. Disgusting.
End of Rant.....
Edited by MikeO, May 16, 2012 @ 5:02 AM.
Posted May 17, 2012 @ 9:42 AM
That was my supposition. Maybe they met during his career in a band.
As for country, which I don't really care for either, I think he was trying to exploit its growing popularity.
Edited by juanruiz, May 17, 2012 @ 10:58 AM.
Posted May 17, 2012 @ 1:12 PM
Posted May 17, 2012 @ 1:24 PM
When Lawrence started his show in 1955, he had in his mind what the show should be, and refused suggestions to change it, even threatening not to do the show if the changes would be implemented. He was right. Unfortunately he sold out in his later years, and the show may have been more up to date FOR THAT TIME, but it had no lasting power. A 1955 show is more up to date, and enjoyable to watch in 2012 than a 1982 show is.
Trumpet player Mickey McMahon's wife, who was obviously a band singer back in the day also made a couple of appearances singing on the Welk show.
The early Welk show band had talent beyond just their musicianship. Rocky Rockwell, Buddy Hayes, Larry Hooper, Dick Dale, Bob Lido, and others were featured as singers, too. The only people that were JUST singers at the beginning in 1955 were Alice Lon, and Jim Roberts. The Lennon Sisters came along on Christmas Eve, 1955. Joe Feeney came on in 1957, and the show slowly went down from there.
Posted May 17, 2012 @ 6:06 PM
Actually, I didn't include them on purpose, because I don't know WHAT they hell they did.
You missed the Ostrich Sisters, MikeO.
They were paired with the Oddballs because Lawrence had a penchant (obsession?) for paring people up. So, they became "country" by default.
They were just there. Nothing about those girls stays in my mind. They were the blandest, most generic "singers" ever!
Well, he sang "country," didn't he?
Clay Hart country? He's from Providence, Rhode Island. A real New Englander.
Posted May 17, 2012 @ 6:47 PM
Posted May 19, 2012 @ 9:48 AM
Posted May 19, 2012 @ 5:54 PM
Remind me to light a candle before a statue of St. Mary Lou of the Gams.
LW died 20 years ago today.
Remind me to light another candle before a statue of St. Butch!
Everyone be sure to wish Bobby a happy 71st birthday today.
Posted May 19, 2012 @ 9:45 PM
I was reading some of the posts in the Welknotes Group on Yahoo the other day. There was a lot of discussion about how to get Bobby Burgess on Dancing with the Stars as a coach or mentor for the contestants. Some members felt he should be on the show as a contestant, but others said that would not be fair because he is "too good of a dancer and would probably intimidate the other performers". The scary thing about all of that is these people are serious.
Posted May 19, 2012 @ 10:15 PM
Posted May 20, 2012 @ 10:12 AM