Jo Ann Castle

Jo Ann Castle

Real Name:
Jo Ann Zering
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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R-25022 Jo Ann Castle Accordion In Hi-Fi (Album) Forum (2), Forum (2) R-25022 US 1957 Sell This Version
DLP 25249 Jo Ann Castle Ragtime Piano Gal (Album) Dot Records DLP 25249 US 1960 Sell This Version
DLP 3433 Jo Ann Castle 12 Great Hits In Ragtime (Album) Dot Records DLP 3433 US 1962 Sell This Version
DLP 25511, DLP 25,511 Jo Ann Castle The Ballad Of Jed Clampett (Album) Dot Records, Dot Records DLP 25511, DLP 25,511 US 1963 Sell This Version
DLP 3574 Jo Ann Castle Jo Ann Castle Plays Great Million Sellers (Album) Dot Records, Dot Records DLP 3574 US 1964 Sell This Version
HLP 126 Jo Ann Castle Ragtime Melodies (Album) Hamilton HLP 126 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
DLP 25635 Jo Ann Castle Hawaiian Ragtime (Album) Dot Records DLP 25635 US 1965 Sell This Version
SPC-3109 Jo Ann Castle Tiger Rag (Album) Pickwick SPC-3109 Canada 1967 Sell This Version
DLP 25799 Jo Ann Castle Queen Of The Ragtime Piano (Album) Dot Records DLP 25799 US 1967 Sell This Version
SPC-3072 Jo Ann Castle Lawrence Welk's Ragtime Gal! (Album) Pickwick/33 Records SPC-3072 US 1967 Sell This Version
R 8043 Jo Ann Castle Those Were The Days (Album) Ranwood R 8043 US 1968 Sell This Version
SPC 3171 Jo Ann Castle I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover (Album) Pickwick SPC 3171 US Unknown Sell This Version
HLP 12165 Jo Ann Castle TV Favorites As Played On The Lawrence Welk Show Hamilton HLP 12165 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
45-16442 Jo Ann Castle Ballad Of Jed Clampett / Maid In France (Ooh! La! La!) (Le Bal De Madame De Mortemouille) (Single) Dot Records 45-16442 US 1963 Sell This Version
45-16475 Jo Ann Castle Wolverton Mountain(7", Single) Dot Records 45-16475 US 1963 Sell This Version
45-16838 Jo Ann Castle Hello, Dolly! (Single) Dot Records 45-16838 US 1966 Sell This Version


R-7007 Jo Ann Castle 22 Great Ragtime Hits (Comp) Ranwood R-7007 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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