Jo Ann Castle

Jo Ann Castle

Real Name:
Jo Ann Zering
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Jo Ann Castle (born Jo Ann Zering on September 3, 1939, in Bakersfield, California, United States) is a noted ragtime pianist. She adopted the stage name "Castle" from a type of accordion, another instrument she played with great proficiency. She was often referred to as "Queen of the Ragtime Pianists," and was seen as the younger version of star ragtime pianist Del Wood.

Castle has released sixteen albums throughout her career. She is most known for being the central ragtime performer on The Lawrence Welk Show, on which she performed from 1959 to 1969. Originally discovered for Welk by Joe Feeney, Castle became a permanent member of the "Welk Family" just prior to her twentieth birthday, replacing the departing Big Tiny Little. Welk wished to announce her age on the air, when she informed him that revealing her actual age publicly would jeopardize her budding career as a Las Vegas entertainer. At first nonplussed, he then surprised her on air a week later with a piano-decorated cake and announcing her hiring as one of his "champagne music-makers". On the show, she was known for playing the "Red Hot Piano".

In the 1990s, Castle performed for fans at the Lawrence Welk-owned Champagne Theater in Branson, Missouri, as well as making a guest appearance for a show with Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra on RFD TV.

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Jo Ann Castle Discography

Albums

Jo Ann Castle Accordion In Hi-Fi (Album) Forum (2), Forum (2) US 1957 Sell This Version
Jo Ann Castle Ragtime Piano Gal (Album) Dot Records US 1960 Sell This Version
Jo Ann Castle 12 Great Hits In Ragtime (Album) Dot Records US 1962 Sell This Version
Jo Ann Castle The Ballad Of Jed Clampett (Album) Dot Records, Dot Records US 1963 Sell This Version
Jo Ann Castle Jo Ann Castle Plays Great Million Sellers (Album) Dot Records, Dot Records US 1964 Sell This Version
Jo Ann Castle Ragtime Melodies (Album) Hamilton Canada 1964 Sell This Version
Jo Ann Castle Hawaiian Ragtime (Album) Dot Records US 1965 Sell This Version
Jo Ann Castle Tiger Rag (Album) Pickwick Canada 1967 Sell This Version
Jo Ann Castle Queen Of The Ragtime Piano (Album) Dot Records US 1967 Sell This Version
Jo Ann Castle Lawrence Welk's Ragtime Gal! (Album) Pickwick/33 Records US 1967 Sell This Version
Jo Ann Castle Those Were The Days (Album) Ranwood US 1968 Sell This Version
Jo Ann Castle I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover (Album) Pickwick US Unknown Sell This Version
Jo Ann Castle TV Favorites As Played On The Lawrence Welk Show Hamilton US Unknown Sell This Version
R8063 Jo Ann Castle The Yellow Rose Of Texas(LP, Album, RE) Ranwood R8063 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

45-16342 Jo Ann Castle Honky Tonk Twist / I Want A Girl(7") Dot Records 45-16342 US 1962 Sell This Version
Jo Ann Castle Ballad Of Jed Clampett / Maid In France (Ooh! La! La!) (Le Bal De Madame De Mortemouille) (Single) Dot Records US 1963 Sell This Version
45-16475 Jo Ann Castle Wolverton Mountain(7", Single) Dot Records 45-16475 US 1963 Sell This Version
Jo Ann Castle Hello, Dolly! (Single) Dot Records US 1966 Sell This Version

Compilations

Jo Ann Castle 22 Great Ragtime Hits (Comp) Ranwood US 1977 Sell This Version
PTP2015 Jo Ann Castle Jo Ann Castle & Her Ragtime Piano(2xLP, Album, Comp) Pickwick/33 Records PTP2015 US Unknown Sell This Version

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