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#1861

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Posted Sep 15, 2007 @ 9:33 PM

Tonight's show was not too bad. We tried not to like it, since it was from 1982, the last year, but found ourselves saying often, "Hey, that was nice." For those who missed it, these are my notes without many comments.

The show starts with Mary Lou beginning her wraparound. The sponsor here is Porter Loring Mortuary (sigh), so we had their plug. Then the "Big City USA" theme begins its reveal.

The band plays "On a Wonderful Day Like Today". A chorus of the many singers join in, dressed in peachy coral.

The band plays "Manatten". Henry Cuesta does a solo. Henry still has his pleasing grey sideburns which were later dyed a harsh black. He looks better with the grey, I think.

Lawrence led the band more tonight than usual in these later shows. He must have been feeling well, because he gave it a vigorous go. "Twas good to see him like this. Bob Smale had a solo or two.

Ken Delo, attempting a salute to policemen, sang "There's a Kind of Walk You Walk" in full cop uniform. Not a great lip sync.

Anacani sang "Spanish Harlem". She was her usual beautiful self in great voice.

Bobby and Elaine danced to "City Lights" at first dressed like Charlie Chaplin. Then they peeled off most of those clothes and the mustaches and "got down". Elaine looked pretty good, but still sported uncommonly big hips for a dancer. Oh, well. It's easy to be critical of the obvious.

Jim Turner sang "Rhinestone Cowboy". Ugh. Just give me Glen Campbell or Roy Clark or NO ONE on this song, please.

Aldridge Sisters and the Otwells sang "Downtown". Actually, they were not bad tonight.

Myron Floren played accordian while Joe Feeney sang "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!" from "Oklahoma." Joe's no Gordon MacRae, but again, this was not altogether displeasing. In fact, we enjoyed it.

George Cates conducted the band in a medley salute to Victor Herbert. Joe Lavoti had a solo. The band was attired in butterscotch colored suits.

In a salute to New Orleans, Lawrence conducted the band in "When the Saints Go Marching In." Bob Havens did not blink during his solo. I wonder if he ever had "dry eye."

Ron, Gail and Michael, the trio, did "When We're Alone (In Our Penthouse)". Actually, I didn't quite catch the actual song title, so this may not be exact. I like the trio and they were good with this one. Just a little odd to have all three singing these lyrics.

Arthur Duncan danced to "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans." Not bad. He wore a sage green outfit with patterned shirt to match.

The saxes in the band played "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." Then Jimmy sang the song. He's no Tony Bennett, but we really don't mind.

Kathie Sullivan sang "Kansas City" in period costume. She seemed wide awake tonight. Good lip sync to this lively number.

Mary Lou and Jack in period costume lip synced and danced to "The Trolley Song." Even when they are slightly "off" at times as they seemed to be tonight, they are more fun to watch tap than Arthur. Maybe because its the two of them dancing in tandum? More visual interest?

With Lawrence leading, the band played "Cab Driver" It was a rousing version. Good.

Ava Barber sang the old Dean Martin hit, "Gotta Travel On." Nice.

Lawrence conducted the band in a salute to the city of Chicago. The chorus joined in with the girls in flapper attire. They did a little Charleston.

Mary Lou interviewed Bobby at the end. I don't think he looks that "botoxy". He has the kind of face and bone structure that hold up well with age. And he works to keep his weight down. That helps. He admitted to crash dieting for two days prior to pulling on some of his dance performance costumes. He even revealed the diet and his trick of eating honey with an orange for extra energy before performing. He spoke warmly of his father-in-law, Myron Floren. He confessed that Myron was a very sentimental man who cried easily and was a great humanitarian. As for himself, Bobby said, "I am a happy man. I have a great wife and children." Bobby LOVED Lawrence Welk. He recalled Welk as a man who was devoted to pleasing his audience. He told his dancers to always STOP with the music, which Bobby and his partners always did. LW would not approve of the dips made on "Dancing With the Stars" after the music ceased. When asked to sum up LW in one word, Bobby said that word was "WUNNERFUL."

Tonight there was no Norma and no Tom. I did not miss them.

We had a happy Welk evening. Of course, we bookended tonight's show with two black and white tapes of LW's Shows from 1956. You can't beat those. Color us entertained.

:D

Edited by Bad Toe, Sep 16, 2007 @ 12:03 AM.

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#1862

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Posted Sep 15, 2007 @ 10:12 PM

I liked all the instrumental numbers, and of course Jim Roberts singing "I Left My Heart In San Francisco". The saxophone intro to Jim's number was VERY nice. I didn't hate Kathie Sullivan's "Kansas City"! I DID hate the Otwells and the Aldridges singing "Downtown", and Jim Turner ALWAYS makes me want to puke, but his "Rhinestone Cowboy" made me sick from both ends.

The show was WAY better than I anticipated. I liked the interview with Bobby Burgess. I wished for more talk about Myron, but at least he was mentioned. Still no info on his "family before the Florens".

No Norma, no Tom, no Guy & Ralna.

Edited by BX60, Sep 15, 2007 @ 11:09 PM.

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#1863

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Posted Sep 16, 2007 @ 8:09 AM

I appreciated the flapper interlude; they're always among my more cherished Welk moments.

:D

Edited by Pretzel Head, Sep 16, 2007 @ 8:12 AM.

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Posted Sep 16, 2007 @ 10:25 AM

MARY LOU METZGER INTERVIEWS NATALIE NEVINS


MLM: Tonight we have a VERY unexpected treat and surprise. Natalie Nevins, not seen or heard from since leaving the Welk Show in 1969 is here tonight. Hi Natalie!

NN: Hello Mary Lou.

MLM: After 38 years of obscurity, your name hit the headlines this week with you accepting a very good job offer on a hit TV show, and then backing out.

NN: Well, I was delighted and shocked to get the lead role in "Ugly Betty", but after I accepted the offer, I started thinking about WHY I left Hollywood in the first place, and fled to the monastery.

MLM: You had a rough time in the Hollywood scene? What was it, casting couches, drugs, one night stands?

NN: I wish! It was quite the opposite. I was coming up fast on middle age, and STILL seen no action. I thought Hollywood was the answer. No one in Philadelphia was interested. Even the drug pushers stayed away. They said I was a walking billboard for what too much cocaine can do to a nose, and it would kill their business!

MLM: How did you end up on the Welk Show?

NN: I did a voiceover on a Disney cartoon. Lawrence heard my voice, and said "I want to hire that girl" He had a FOUR YEAR contract drawn up, and my agent brought it to me. I signed right away! When I showed up for work the following Monday, I went to Mr Welk's office. He took a look at me, and immediately escorted me to the musician's lounge at ABC, and said "See here boys what can happen if you do drugs?"

MLM: Well it was the 60s you know, and you know how musicians are!

NN: I thought I'd find out, but the Welk musicians were different. One told me that NO amount of drugs could get him to ravage me!

MLM: After you let Mr Welk know who you were, what did he do?

NN; He IMMEDIATELY called his contract lawyer and makeup man. The lawyer's news seemed to upset Mr Welk. I thought I would have a chance with the makeup artist, He seemed to be very taken with my looks. He even told Mr Welk "there wasn't enough makeup in the world to improve on that face"! Then Welk fired him! I guess he didn't want a workplace romance to happen.

MLM: So you started singing on the show. What was it like?

NN: Well the musicians could be a rowdy bunch. Remember, it was the 60s. People weren't as enlightened, and sensitive as they are now. Mr Welk always quashed any problems that arose though. I remember him storming to the musician's lounge and saying that he would not put up with derogatory generalizations, or use of the N word anymore!

MLM: You mean they were giving Arthur a bad time?

NN: No, me. Natalie and Nevins BOTH start with "N"!

MLM: So no romance blossomed beween you and ANY of the crew?

NN: No, and I must say I was surprised when I heard you married Richard Maloof.

MLM: Why?

NN: Well I was still on the show when they hired Richard, and don't get upset, but I was quite smitten with him! I thought he was so cute I actually asked him out. He turned red, and thanked me, and told me he was gay! Come to think of it, there were LOTS of gay guys. If they weren't married, they all claimed to be gay!

MLM: Oh that Richard! What prompted you to leave the show?

NN: In the meantime, Lawrence did away with ALL contracts! When my four years were up, Lawrence told me that he just had too many girl singers. He had Norma, Sandi and Sally, and me.

MLM: It's a shame. I never got to work with you.

NN: Yeah, right after I found the monastery, I guess he changed his mind. He hired You, Tanya, Ralna, Gail, Anancani, Ava, the Aldridge Sisters and Tom Netherton.

MLM: Tell me about life in the monastery.

NN: Well at first I was a little bored, you know just coming off a national TV show and all, but since I had spent a lifetime being chaste, I thought there would be no better place to get on with my life.

MLM: I hear you finally found romance there though.

NN: Yes I did. I had sung "When You Wish Upon A Star" one evening before we all retired to our chambers. One of the monks slinked into mine, and FINALLY "made my dreams come true". They're supposed to take a vow of silence, but I guess in my case they made an exception. I haven't slept alone since 1974! Let me tell you, it's a lot better to be chased than chaste!

MLM: And now you've found true love at last with Brother Lou!

NN: After all these years I found I had been looking for love in all the wrong places, and have found true happiness with Lou. So you understand why I had to back out of my contract.

MLM; Well good luck on your lawsuit. I know Hollywood lawyers can be tough!

NN: I'm not worried Mary Lou. I still have my contract lawyer from 1965 on retainer. The studio doesn't stand a chance!

MLM: Well we're out of time, so as Lawrence always said, "Keep a song in your heart", and "Never trust lawyers".

Edited by BX60, Sep 16, 2007 @ 1:52 PM.

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#1865

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Posted Sep 16, 2007 @ 12:04 PM

BX - Bravo !!!
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Tom Netherton has recorded a new CD: "The Mae West Songbook"

The songs include:

- I Used to Be Snow White, But I Drifted
- So Many Men, So Little Time.
- Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing Slowly
- Marriage is a Fine Institution -- But, I'm Not Ready for An Institution
- Is That a Gun in Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?
- When Women Go Wrong, Men Go Right After Them
- I've Been in More Laps Than a Napkin
- I Used to be Ashamed of How I Lived, But, I Didn't Change, I Just Got Over Being Ashamed
- To Err is Human, But It Feels Divine
- Sex is a Misdemeanor - The More You Miss, the Meaner You Get
- I'm No Angel, But I've Spread My Wings a Bit
- Between Two Evils, I Always Pick the One I Never Tried Before
- Give a Man a Free Hand, And He'll Try To Put It All Over You
- Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Wonderful
- The Best Way to Hold a Man Is In Your Arms
- Look Your Best -- Who Said Love Is Blind?
- Love Thy Neighbor -- and If He Happens to be Tall, Debonair, and Devastating, It Will Be That Much Easier!
- When I'm Good, I'm Very Good -- But When I'm Bad, I'm Better!
- A Man in the House is Worth Two in the Street
- Save a Boyfriend for a Rain Day -- and Another in Case It Doesn't Rain
- It's Not the Men in My Life that Count, It's the Life in My Men
- I Generally Avoid Temptation -- Unless I Can't Resist It
- It's Better To Be Looked Over Than Overlooked
- Ten Men Came Last Night to See Me -- But I Was a Little Tired and Had to Send One of Them Home

And that old chestnut:

- A Hard Man is Good To Find

Available at:

Welk Resort Center and Champagne Theatre, Branson Missouri

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Edited by MikeO, Sep 16, 2007 @ 3:20 PM.

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#1866

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Posted Sep 16, 2007 @ 12:21 PM

There are bound to be some newcomers to this forum who may actually think that these OETA "transcripts" are authentic. Let's not spoil the illusion.

;D

Edited by Pretzel Head, Sep 16, 2007 @ 12:21 PM.

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#1867

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Posted Sep 16, 2007 @ 2:30 PM

The best writers on television couldn't come up with some of the gems I've read on this forum the last few days.
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Posted Sep 16, 2007 @ 2:36 PM

I'll second that.

It's yet another week without new episodes, thanks to MPT 's pledge drive.
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#1869

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Posted Sep 16, 2007 @ 3:38 PM

And now, back to our movie: Tanya Falan, Charlie Parlato, Bob Lido, Aladdin Pallante, and Champion the Wonder Horse in "I Was a Teenage Italian Stallion, And That's How I Got This a Rash."
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Posted Sep 16, 2007 @ 4:25 PM

Suspicious Mind, I have to admit, there are big gaps in my musical knowledge. I had never heard of Peter Ham, but, after listening to samples of his work on Amazon.com, I think I could be a fan. Thanks for steering me in his direction. NY Frank, I agree. BX60 missed his calling as a comedy writer. Others have been most inspired. MikeO, thanks for the compilation of Mae West quotes. They are priceless and now, thanks to you, we have most of them in one place, right where they belong, on a Lawrence Welk Forum! A nostalgic viewing of "Myra Breckinridge" anyone?

:D

Edited by Bad Toe, Sep 16, 2007 @ 10:04 PM.

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#1871

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Posted Sep 16, 2007 @ 7:18 PM

TV Listings:

- Monday 8 PM, TCM

Elaine Balden, Kathie Sullivan, and Ave Barber star in "Coyote Ugly."

- Tuesday 8 PM, PBS

Elaine Balden joins Barbara Boylan and Cissy King for the documentary: "Hard Times - The Chorus Girls are Kicking, The Subway is in a Hole, and the Palisades Are On the Rocks." Jim Turner hosts.

- Wednesday 8 PM, The Disney Channel

A remake of "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids." It's a mystery who-done-it starring Jo Ann Castle and Big Tiny Little entitled, "Honey, I ATE the Kids." (Burp!)


And now, back to our movie: Doris Day, Marvin Gaye, and Frito Lay in "What is That Stain on the Bed?"
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Note to Bad Toe: That was only a partial list of Mae West. I'll send the rest via personal message on this board if you'd like.

Note to all: If Tom Netherton ever reads this board, the poor man will have a stroke!
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Edited by MikeO, Sep 16, 2007 @ 7:36 PM.

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#1872

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Posted Sep 16, 2007 @ 7:42 PM

Hey, isn't it another Tom Netherton we're talking about?

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#1873

Bad Toe

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Posted Sep 16, 2007 @ 10:02 PM

Yes, Yes, MikeO. PM me with the Mae West quotes. Love them.
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#1874

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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 7:08 AM

Bad Toe - Check your PM's. Hope it worked.....
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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 10:19 AM

MikeO, I got the Mae West quotes. What a great way to start the day and the week! Thanks. Pretzel, you noted a few posts ago how young Lawrence Welk looked in some of the first shows, although he was already in his early fifties then. Last night BX60 and I watched the very first show, produced in 1955, in which LW looked the picture of youth. He was already 52 at the time. As Larry Welk, Jr. once said, "My Dad became an overnight success at 52 after thirty years in the business.." Dick Dale looked like a teenager and Buddy Merrill WAS a teenager. On another show from 1957, Big Tiny Little appeared not so big and performed a delightful, light-footed polka with Janet Lennon. Janet was always so cute as a little girl without being "cutsey." BX60 has quite a few tapes of the B/W shows and we want more. They are truly the Lawrence Welk treasures.

Edited by Bad Toe, Sep 17, 2007 @ 11:27 AM.

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#1876

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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 11:59 AM

Did anyone else notice that during "Kansas City", they changed the lyric from "you can go to the privy and never wet your feet" to "you can go shopping and never leave your seat"? I like that even in 1982, Lawrence felt that his audience should not be forced to hear the word "privy". Honestly.

I actually liked this show, and I usually hate the 80's ones. (I wish they would just show whole seasons in order, starting in the early 60's, and even though the shows would run short, I would like it if they cut out the wraparounds.) But, most of the numbers in the show (that I didn't forward through) were great.

I liked "Downtown", by the Quads, and no one is a surprised as me about that. I usually hate them, but the arrangement was so nice.

I liked "Rhinestone Cowboy" - another song I like, so even JT couldn't diminish its charm for me.

The dance number was good- anything where they change costumes on stage is always a plus for me.

No Norma, so that's a plus.

I didn't listen to Feeney's number, but even on fast forward, his hair was alarming.

Sorry- I am just not very snarky today, but I have really been enjoying the posts.

One thing I have always wondered about Tom Netherton: he is super Jesus-y, and (seems to me to be incredi-)gay. In my experience, those two are almost always mutually exclusive. So I have often wondered if the whole religion thing is just a big act...if not, he must be pretty conflicted.
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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 12:48 PM

I can only imagine a >real< non-forum interview with Tom Netherton on a PBS wrap would be a marvel of warmly sweet evasion and public relations blather, with Mary Lou being a winsome good sport as Tom talks of a life even a rainbow would envy. I'd just like to see Gail get a bit tipsy and really get funky with backstage stuff--I have the feeling she would be a hoot about all that more than anyone. The true shining light in all this (other than our beloved Mary Lou) is Mr. Welk himself--he really seemed a sincere and kind gentleman, despite alienating a few ace performers such as Alice Lon and Pete Fountain.
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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 1:02 PM

There are a handful of people from LW you'd like to sit down and have a beer with, since they seem quite personable and down to earth:

Lawrence (as long as he's not reading from cue cards)
Big Tiny Little
Jo Ann
Myron
Pete Fountain

Then there are those who you'd probably want to have coffee with, strong hi-test coffee:

Ken Delo
Gail Farrell
Bob Ralston
Charlotte
Bob Davis
The Sour Kraut (No coffee, thanks, just a wave and a "See ya later, Dick")
George "Sit up straight or no pie for you!" Cates
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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 1:38 PM

One thing I have always wondered about Tom Netherton: he is super Jesus-y, and (seems to me to be incredi-)gay. In my experience, those two are almost always mutually exclusive. So I have often wondered if the whole religion thing is just a big act...if not, he must be pretty conflicted.

On a serious note, I've always believed him to be conflicted, in the same way that a man with homosexual leanings may enter religious life, in the hope that living that life would help him suppress the desires he feels. I've certainly been acquainted with more than a couple of effeminate religious, and I don't judge them or speak ill of them. And, many have left religious life to pursue their natural inclinations.

As for him being "super Jesus-y," I believe it's called a "conversion reaction". Example: A person openly and publicly condemns pornography, but privately, he has a closet full of it at home. The public condemnation assuages his guilt.

Or, a certain Republican senator votes down Gay Rights continuously (he is so righteous, you know) -- only to be found crusing for men in a public bathroom.

In Tom's case, he may be gay, but perhaps he chooses not to act on it. (As Seinfeld said: "Not that there's anything wrong with it.)


Also off topic: What the hell is wrong with O.J. Simpson?

He should change his name to O.J. Simpleton!
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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 2:40 PM

If this gets Simpson into jail where he belongs, it's a swell irony--surrounded by his own memorabilia!

NYFrank -- interesting take on cast members who seem down to earth and personable in real life. On a sidenote, once I saw a celebrity/star be exactly what you hoped him to be, and more, among a rabble of people, and that was Gregory Peck. I observed him back in the '80s making a personal appearance at a local bookstore (he was promoting an audio cassette set), and for three hours--twice the allotted time he was suppose to be there--he soldiered on, being unfailingly gracious to everyone. I didn't even buy the audio cassette set and he still shook my hand! That's class.

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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 2:49 PM

No bail on a robbery . . . seems like someone in the legal system wants payback. Usually these celebrity slime make bail before their breathalyzer loses .01% potency.

Good. I hope he rots but it'll never happen.
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#1882

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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 4:00 PM

Pretzel Head, I just want to say that I have a French friend who knew Veronique Passani well, before and after she married Gregory Peck. There is much confirmation of what you say about Mr. Peck. He so impressed Veronique with his genuine, good qualities that only a short time after meeting him, she declared, "I'm going to marry that man". And she did. Oh, O.J! He just descends into new levels of creephood, if that's possible. What a total contrast to a genuinely good man like Lawrence Welk. I used to work with many volunteers at a local museum here. One of them, who is now approaching 96, used to lead a dance band that toured. (A couple of his musicians wrote some well known songs.) He said it was enjoyable, but also the hardest job he ever had. There were lots of "personnel" problems. This man summed up the task with, "It's hard to get those musicians to agree on anything!" I'm sure Lawrence, nice, good-hearted man though he was, had to assert himself as "the boss" and "the quality control man" quite often and that was bound to ruffle some feathers. And then there are those who stayed with him for decades. And by the way, on the tour tape from 1982 that BX60 and I have mentioned before, Pete Fountain met LW at the airport upon arrival in New Oreans. Pete gave Lawrence quite a warm welcome that was returned. If PF was alienated by LW, that did not show.

Edited by Bad Toe, Sep 17, 2007 @ 4:41 PM.

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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 4:27 PM

Why exactly did PF leave LW, other than Pete's "Champagne and Bourbon don't mix" answer? Was it just that their music styles differed or maybe some ruffled feathers? Pete was at Milestones and was quite well-received so it was probably the former.

He and Henry Cuesta are some clarinetists.
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#1884

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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 6:20 PM

Oh, you people have done a stellar job on all the tangents; Dark welk, Storytime Welk, Twilight Zone Interviews with Welk. May the tangents never die. I DO have one serious question,posed with sincerity and true desire to know the answer; What is it you (and it certainly seems a majority) see in Mary Lou Metzger? I will grant you she's aged well, hasnt gone off the deep end mentally, physically or socially, and is a very hard worker.......probably has great ethics, but she has always left me cold. Something in her cheeks, smile (kinda like Lynda Carters and Lessley Ann Warrens -slightly irregular like they need lip orthadontia), and always trying just a little too hard to be noticed. I read all your blogs about her, trying to get it, understand it and hoping it would stick -but it just doesnt. Tell me something that will do it.....because basically, I dont want to be killed by any of you. :D
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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 6:38 PM

Hehehehe, I will let you live, Buzzard5.

Well, it's hard to make a case if someone just doesn't get Mary Lou's appeal. I think she's warm and charming, with a very pleasant aura whenever I see her on TV. That's all I can say!

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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 6:49 PM

I personally couldn't tell her apart from her co-singers during the show's run. She was nondescript and blended in quite well on stage with nary a solo part, but her interviews on the wraps have sold me. She seems genuine and has a love for the show that some of her guests seem to lack.

Plus she looks quite good for 54-ish, although I prefer her darker hair color from 2005-2006.

The best part of course is seeing her smiling face right after the 50 Years on TV intro because it means, with the notable excetions of Jo Ann or BigTL and a rare few others, no self-serving useless where-am-I-now BS from the likes of Ken Delo, Gail Farrell, Kathy Sullivan et al that appear over the original commercial breaks and spoil the entire evening.
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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 7:25 PM

My take on the "is he or isn't he" issue: I believe his time on the show predates the more widespread, overt criticism of gays by religious conservatives by a few years. (He started on the show,what, four or five years after Stonewall?) At that time, entertainers still didn't come out, at all.

By the time it wasn't career suicide for a performer to come out, conservative Christians were much more bold about being anti-gay. He was firmly entrenched as a Christian artist, so coming out still would have been career suicide for him.

And if that is all true, I feel sad for him having to spend so many years leading a double life, just so he didn't lose the fan base.
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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 7:39 PM

I personally couldn't tell her apart from her co-singers during the show's run. She was nondescript and blended in quite well on stage with nary a solo part, but her interviews on the wraps have sold me. She seems genuine and has a love for the show that some of her guests seem to lack.

NY Frank, your analysis of ML is very similar to mine. When she first started to appear on PBS in Welk and Non Related Welk promos, I didn't know who the hell she was. (You can check back on earlier pages here to see that I am not lying.)

But her sincerity and love of the show have won me over. And now, when we see an old show, I look for Mary Lou. In retrospect, I don't think she was given enough to do on the old shows.

Buzzards: Yes, she's kind of "gushy," and, it can be a bit of a turn-off. But, I've tried to look beyond that, and I think it's just her style, and she's really trying to be sincere. Beyond that, she seems to be very "well preserved," and I always have a reverence for performers who don't make a fool of themselves, coming off as Bette Davis in "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane." That, would truly be an indecency!

Pretzel, plus you are horny for her!

PS- Somebody please: What is the story of Pete Fountain and LW? I've never heard a word of it.

But now, back to our movie: Doris Day, Danny Kaye, and Oil of Olay in "If It Moves, Fondle It!"
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Edited by MikeO, Sep 17, 2007 @ 8:08 PM.

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#1889

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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 7:44 PM

From what I recall, Pete Fountain I believe had a run-in with Mr. Welk over a jazzy rendition of a traditional Christmas song, which Mr. Welk felt was not-a right-um for the holiday season. A creative tiff, and Pete Fountain exited. That's what I thought it was, anyway.

And Mary Lou can do no wrong! ;D
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#1890

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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 7:50 PM

Programing note: The Discovery Channel will examine "Astrology and the Occult," with Kathie Sullivan.

In a musical interlude, Kathie will sing: "The Moon Was in UrANUS, but Stars Were in Your Eyes." (Or, no wonder you had that painful look on your face!)
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