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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Albums

R-25022 Jo Ann Castle - Accordion In Hi-Fi album art 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 art Jo Ann Castle Ragtime Piano Gal (Album) Dot Records DLP 25249 US 1960 Sell This Version
DLP-3433(C), DLP 3433, DLP 3433 (C) Jo Ann Castle - 12 Great Hits In Ragtime album art Jo Ann Castle 12 Great Hits In Ragtime (Album) Dot Records DLP-3433(C), DLP 3433, DLP 3433 (C) Canada 1962 Sell This Version
DLP-3433 Jo Ann Castle - 12 Great Hits In Ragtime album art Jo Ann Castle 12 Great Hits In Ragtime(LP, Album, ult) Dot Records DLP-3433 US 1962 Sell This Version
DLP 25511, DLP 25,511 Jo Ann Castle - The Ballad Of Jed Clampett album art Jo Ann Castle The Ballad Of Jed Clampett (Album) Dot Records, Dot Records DLP 25511, DLP 25,511 US 1963 Sell This Version
DLP 25574, MIDS 16041 Jo Ann Castle - Jo Ann Castle Plays Great Million Sellers album art Jo Ann Castle Jo Ann Castle Plays Great Million Sellers (Album) Dot Records, Dot Records DLP 25574, MIDS 16041 Germany 1964 Sell This Version
DLP 25635 Jo Ann Castle - Hawaiian Ragtime album art Jo Ann Castle Hawaiian Ragtime (Album) Dot Records DLP 25635 US 1965 Sell This Version
DLP 25799 Jo Ann Castle - Queen Of The Ragtime Piano album art 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 art 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 art Jo Ann Castle Those Were The Days (Album) Ranwood R 8043 US 1968 Sell This Version
4XL-57096 Jo Ann Castle - Something Old, Something New… Honky Tonk/Dixieland Favorites By album art Jo Ann Castle Something Old, Something New… Honky Tonk/Dixieland Favorites By (Album) PolyTel Elite, PolyTel, PolyGram 4XL-57096 US 1989 Sell This Version
none Jo Ann Castle - On Stage album art Jo Ann Castle On Stage(CD, Album) Not On Label (Jo Ann Castle Self-released) none US 1994 Sell This Version
SPC 3171 Jo Ann Castle - I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover album art Jo Ann Castle I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover (Album) Pickwick SPC 3171 US Unknown Sell This Version
HLP 165, HLP 165(A) Jo Ann Castle - TV Favorites As Played On The Lawrence Welk Show album art Jo Ann Castle TV Favorites As Played On The Lawrence Welk Show Hamilton HLP 165, HLP 165(A) Canada Unknown Sell This Version
JB 149 Jo Ann Castle - The Best Little Honky Tonk In Town album art Jo Ann Castle The Best Little Honky Tonk In Town(LP, Album) J & B Records JB 149 Australia Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

45-16342 Jo Ann Castle - Honky Tonk Twist / I Want A Girl album art Jo Ann Castle Honky Tonk Twist / I Want A Girl(7") Dot Records 45-16342 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-16475 Jo Ann Castle - Wolverton Mountain album art Jo Ann Castle Wolverton Mountain (Single) Dot Records 45-16475 US 1963 Sell This Version
45-16442 Jo Ann Castle - Ballad Of Jed Clampett / Maid In France (Ooh! La! La!) (Le Bal De Madame De Mortemouille) album art 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
DLP 635 Jo Ann Castle - Hawaiian Ragtime album art Jo Ann Castle Hawaiian Ragtime(7", Jukebox) Dot Records DLP 635 US 1965 Sell This Version
45-16838 Jo Ann Castle - Hello, Dolly!  album art Jo Ann Castle Hello, Dolly! (Single) Dot Records 45-16838 US 1966 Sell This Version
45-17009 Jo Ann Castle - I Will Wait For You album art Jo Ann Castle I Will Wait For You(7", Single, Promo, Styrene) Dot Records 45-17009 US 1967 Sell This Version

Compilations

HLP 126(A) Jo Ann Castle - Ragtime Melodies album art Jo Ann Castle Ragtime Melodies (Album, Comp) Hamilton HLP 126(A) Canada 1964 Sell This Version
SPC-3109 Jo Ann Castle - Tiger Rag album art Jo Ann Castle Tiger Rag (Album, Comp) Pickwick SPC-3109 Canada 1967 Sell This Version
R-7007 Jo Ann Castle - 22 Great Ragtime Hits album art Jo Ann Castle 22 Great Ragtime Hits (Comp) Ranwood R-7007 US 1977 Sell This Version
RAN 7013 Jo Ann Castle - 22 Great Ragtime Hits, Volume 2 album art Jo Ann Castle 22 Great Ragtime Hits, Volume 2 (Comp) Ranwood RAN 7013 US 1978 Sell This Version