Bob Ralston (Organ)
(1939 - )
Bob Ralston is probably best known for his 40 years as pianist/organist/arranger with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra. Reruns of that beloved TV show are still shown every week in most major U.S. cities, and Ralston is currently hosting some of those reruns.
A nationally renowned theater pipe organist, these days Bob is having the time of his life producing variety shows. ?Adding piano, synthesizers, multi-media, and great vocalists to my theater pipe organ programs makes for a thrilling experience for the audience,? says Ralston.
Over 1,000 people paid $35 a ticket to hear Bob Ralston and Bob Hope when they appeared together at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. Bob Hope was amazed at how Bob Ralston made the ?little? synthesizer sound like a full orchestra.
?Bob Ralston?s the greatest,? said singer Eddie Fisher, when he and Ralston entertained at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles for Mayor Richard Riordan. Fisher first hired Ralston as his Musical Director for the ?Earthquake Victims Benefit Concert? he presented in San Francisco in 1989. They have since worked cruise ships and other engagements together.
Bob Ralston has recorded over 300 albums, many of them with Freddy Martin, Billy Vaughn, Ray Conniff, Lawrence Welk, and other famous bandleaders. Ralston has recorded 27 solo albums, many on theater pipe organs, including those at the Senate Theater in Detroit, the Granada Theater in Kansas City, and the Paramount Theater in Oakland.
The preceding information was excerpted from Bob's official web site, which can be found here.
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Featured Performer On:
O Holy Night
- Merry Christmas from Lawrence Welk - LP
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