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