“Big Band Sounds” (aired later re-titled as "Tahoe '73:  That Big Band Sound)

Host:  Mary Lou Metzger with guest Bill Thrash

Original Air Date:  September 8, 1973

This happy, light-hearted show opens with the cast dancing down the aisles of the TV studio singing “We Can Make Music” and shaking hands with members of the audience en route. Guy & Ralna sing “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” Once on stage, Anacani sings “Spanish Eyes,” and Clay Hart sings a hit song of the year which became almost a national anthem, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree.” Ralna brings the show to an emotional high with a spine-tingling rendition of her most-requested and signature song, “How Great Thou Art.”


"We Can Make Music" - Arthur, Mary Lou, Bobby and Cissy (also dancing), Clay, Gail, Guy, Ralna, Ken, Anacani, Joe, Tanya, Jimmy, Sandi with Henry Cuesta on clarinet

"The Good Life" - orchestra

"I Can’t Stop Loving You" - Guy Hovis and Ralna English

"Stardust" - Henry Cuesta on clarinet with orchestra

"Spanish Eyes: - Anacani with Myron Floren on accordion, guitarists Neil Levang, Richard Maloof and Buddy Merrill, Jack Imel on percussion

"Theme from “Love Story” (Where Do I Begin?)" - Pianists Bob Smale and Bob Ralston, with Johnny Zell on trumpet

"We’ve Only Just Begun" - Tanya Falan

"Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree" - Clay Hart (also on guitar)

"I Left My Heart in San Francisco" - saxophone section:  Henry Cuesta, Bob Davis, Dave Edwards, Russ Klein, Dick Dale and a vocal by Jimmy Roberts

"Medley of Lawrence Welk’s biggest recording hits" -

d) "Baby Elephant Walk" - Bob Ralston at the organ with Jack Imel (in elephant costume)

e) "Calcutta" - danced by Bobby Burgess and Cissy King with Bob Smale at the harpsichord with Sandi, Gail, Mary Lou, Ken, Jimmy, Arthur clapping and on vocals

"Tiny Bubbles" - Dick Dale and Gail Farrell with Buddy Merrill on guitar, danced by Cissy King and Mary Lou Metzger

"The Beat Goes On" - sung and danced by Bobby Burgess, Arthur Duncan and Jack Imel

"The Good Life" (performance repeated from earlier in program) - orchestra

"It’s Impossible" - Ken Delo

"How Great Thou Art" - Ralna English with chorus: Cissy, Tanya, Sandi, Anacani, Gail, Mary Lou, Norma, Joe, Bobby, Guy, Jimmy, Arthur, Clay, Dick