- Welk star
Ralna English to perform at fair
by Leanne Phillips
- Goshen News
July 17, 2002
Welk Show star Ralna English will take to the grandstand at the
Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds Friday at 10 a.m.
- English was
raised in Spur, Texas, a suburb of Lubbock. She began her professional
singing career with a junior high school rock band and appeared
on local television shows and in public events.
- Her career
took her to Los Angeles when she was in her 20s and in 1969,
she became a national TV star on Lawrence Welk.
auditioned for the Lawrence Welk TV Show and was hired almost
right off the bat," she said.
- English has
appeared on programs including The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson
and the Merv Griffin Show.
- Today she
tours from coast to coast, appearing at civic centers, state
fairs, senior expos and in show rooms in Atlantic City, Las Vegas,
Reno and Tahoe.
I used to do I'm still doing after all these years, kind of like
the Energizer Bunny," English said.
former husband Guy Hovis, will perform with her at this year's
fair. English and Hovis performed together when they were newlyweds
on Lawrence Welk.
- The pair
will be singing all the songs that their fans enjoy, according
to English, including "Let There Be Peace on Earth"
- "I will
do 'How Great Thou Art,' my signature song," English added.
her earlier days with Lawrence Welk, English said she appreciates
the long-lasting friendships that were made.
- 'It was forming
relationships with people that have endured for more than 30
years," she said. "It's like a family. Lawrence calls
us his musical family. We love each other. We have had a long
history together with being on this show.
- "I think
that is the thing that I appreciate most about it ... having
these wonderful friendships."
English and four other Welk stars were on Larry King Live celebrating
50 years on television.
all very blessed and we know it," English said.
- In 1971,
the Lawrence Welk Show was canceled by ABC and went into syndication.
The show airs each week on 276 public television stations nationwide.
first solo recording," "Always," was released
on her own independent label, as well as her second recording,
"Amazing Grace," a collection of gospel and spiritual
- Her latest
album, "My Favorite Love Songs," features big band
hits from the 1930s and 1940s.
- English will
begin production on a new recording at the end of this month
and it will be ready at Christmas time. The title of the album
is "My God My Country."
- English has
one daughter and lives in Arizona. Tickets for her upcoming performance
at the Elkhart County Fair are $15 trackside and $5 for general
track seats. Grandstand seating is free. For more information
on Ralna English, visit www.ralnaenglish.com.