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Saturday, February 28 at 7 p.m. The Welk Stars: Through the Years

(Rochester, NY) The Welk Stars: Through the Years, airing Saturday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1), is a new PBS special saluting 18 members of the Lawrence Welk Musical Family.

Hosted by longtime Welk singer and dancer Mary Lou Metzger, the program features a collection of outstanding musical production numbers from the last 10 years of Welk television specials on public television.

Members of the Welk Musical Family featured in The Welk Stars: Through the Years are Anacani, Bobby Burgess, Jo Ann Castle, Henry Cuesta, Dick Dale, Ken Delo, Arthur Duncan, Ralna English, Joe Feeney, Myron Floren, Guy Hovis, Jack Imel, the Lennon Sisters (Dee Dee, Peggy, Kathy and Janet), Mary Lou Metzger, Tom Netherton, Bob Ralston, Jimmy Roberts, and Norma Zimmer.

These featured Welk solo and group artists are spotlighted in short biographies, illustrated by their personal collections of photographs. The stars and their family members share one-of-a-kind photos, most including treasured childhood snapshots, as well as current, never-before-seen photographs.

Highlights of songs performed in this special include Myron Floren’s Tiger Rag; Sing, Sing, Sing by Henry Cuesta; Amazing Grace by Ralna English; God Bless the U.S.A. by Guy Hovis; His Eye Is on the Sparrow by Norma Zimmer; Exodus by Jo Ann Castle; and many more.

A comprehensive tribute to members of the Welk Musical Family, underscored by the song Through the Years recorded by Guy Hovis, is the touching finale of The Welk Stars: Through the Years.

For more information, visit http://welkmusicalfamily.blogspot.com/2008/11/welk-stars-through-years.html

Pictured: Soprano Norma Zimmer was Lawrence Welk's “Champagne Lady” for more than two decades on The Lawrence Welk Show.
Photo Credit: OETA - The Oklahoma Network


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