Welk stars pay tribute to bandleader
by Stacie McKee, Entertainment Editor, Best Read Guide, Branson, MO and Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO
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 Zimmer.
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.


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