- Welk stars pay tribute to
- by Stacie McKee, Entertainment
Editor, Best Read Guide, Branson, MO and Joplin Globe, Joplin,
- Over the past 30 years, Ralna English
has been associated with the Lawrence Welk Show and her loyalty
and devotion to the Welk legacy continues.
- English will be one of the 18 stars
from the Welk musical family to appear in "Lawrence Welk:
God Bless America," a new two-hour PBS special which will
pay tribute to America's freedoms, its leaders and its veterans,
and to the patriotism Lawrence Welk held dear as part of the
classic Aemrican success story.
- "We felt a need to express our
love and appreciation for our country," English said. "We
want to raise the spirit of our fans and say think you."
- The special will be taped before a
live audience at 7 p.m. today at the Welk Champagne Theatre in
Branson and again at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.
- The special will also feature Anacani,
Elaine Balden, Bobby Burgess, Jo Ann Castle, Henry Cuesta, Dick
Dale, Joe Feeney, Myron Floren, Guy Hovis, Jack Imel, The Lennon
Sisters, Mary Lou Metzger, Tom Netherton, Bob Ralston and Norma
- The premiere of this special marks
the 100th birthday of Lawrence Welk, who died in May 1992. Because
his lifetime spanned most of the 20th century, "Lawrence
Welk: God Bless America" look s at our nation's history
through the eyes and experiences of this bandleader.
- In addition to this special, The Lawrence
Welk Show airs each week on 276 public television stations nationally
and is seen by 2.5 million people each week. A special with premiere
in March of 2001, "Lawrence Welk: Milestones & Memories,"
is one of the top three most successful fundraising specials
that public television has ever aired nationally.
- "Lawrence Welk: God Bless America"
will air nationally on public television statons in March 2003.