Ava Barber's voice got my attention more than the above mentioned ladies. But I never cared for Lynn Anderson at all.
Interesting, and it got me thinking: Who do I prefer and why. (You can tell I'm in Pledge Week Hell, can't you?)
Favorite Country Guy/Gal: I can't decide. Ava's an East Tennessee girl, so she's got that going for her; and her rendition of "Red River 'Viiilley' can't be beat. But then again, Lynn Anderson, with her buck-toothed smile and white-blonde wigs is a treat, too. Jim Turner has such a soothing, mellow voice that I can't overlook him, so I announce it a tie all around.
Overall Best Time to Take an Intermission Award: When Joe Feeney sings? When Arthur Duncan dances? When Jimmy Roberts and "Narma" Zimmer stare chastely into each other's eyes? When Bobby and Barbara/Cissy/Elaine cut a rug? I'll have to go with poor Arthur, with Joe coming in a hot second. I can get a lot done in the time it takes Arthur to "Take the A Train" or Joe to sing "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling."
Favorite Champagne Music Maker (vocal, non-country): Ralna English. She's beautiful and fun; and say what you will about Guy, she made their duets sound great.
Favorite Champagne Music Maker (instrumental): Okay, you know it's gonna be Neil Levang; but Myron Floren is a close second place. Neil's guitar work is exciting, and his wicked grin sets him apart from Buddy's Opie boy-next-door nice smile. Myron was a wiz on the accordion and made me respect the skill it takes to play one.
Lawrence Welk Memorial Song Prize: Some people equate LW music to elevator music, and there were some that might have been the musical equivalent of Sominex; but there were some that have stuck with me and I find myself humming. Ralna's "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered"; Sandi, Gail, and Mary Lou's "Hoop De Doo" and "Red, Red Robin"; Steve Smith's "Certain Girl"; and the women's "Scarlet Ribbons."