The show opened with all the stars coming out on stage, this year's show featured Gail Farrell, Cissy King, Sally Flynn, Ava Barber, Joe Feeney, Clay Hart plus the Blenders featuring originals Bob Duncan, Greg Dixon, and the new Blenders on the block Michael Redman and Skip Taylor. They all opened the show with "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" and "Swunderful."
The mixture of old and new Blenders took the stage first and I must say, they sounded great! Their selection of songs were that of your 1950s do-wop sound with songs like "Shaboom" and "Little Darlin" were sung with pathos, passion and enthusiasm.
Bob and Greg sounded like they haven't lost a beat, and Mike and Skip sounded tops! It was like 1964 all over again...although I was not born then.
Up next was Clay Hart, and he started things off with "Gentle On My Mind" with his trusty guitar, and sounded really really wunnerful! He mentioned that it was the first number he ever sung on the Lawrence Welk Show in 1969.
Shortly afterwards, he was joined on stage by Sally Flynn, whom they stated they have been married 31 years, and making music "24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year."
The twosome then entertained the folks with their anthem, "United We Stand," which always brought about a good response. Then Sally took the solo spotlight and went out into the crowd singing "Cry." I must admit having her only a few feet away from my table was an awesome experience. Can you imagine a music and TV icon and one half of Sandi & Sally here in the same room? WOW WOW WOW!