- Johnny Zell
Johnny Zell (born
November 24, 1947, in Fort Benning, Georgia) is an American musicianbest known from television's The Lawrence Welk Show. His musical instrumentis the trumpet.
Growing up in
Los Angeles, California; he started out in musicat an early age, starting first with the violinand later moving on to the trumpet. His first attempt to auditionfor Lawrence Welkcame he was fifteen years old, when Welk's orchestrawas playing at the Hollywood Palladium; when he asked if he can play a trumpet solo for him, the maestro, although impressed with his talent and moxie, thought that he was too young but told him to see him again when he was a bit older and had more experience.
high school, Johnny played for the Freddy Martinand Russ Morganbands before he got his draft notice to serve in the Army. During his time in the militaryhe played for the NORADband known as the Commanders along with future Welk musicians Dave Edwards and Richard Maloof. It was there, in early 1968that his second chance to audition for Lawrence Welk came when Johnny was asked to do a television commercialfor Army recruitingand part of the job was to do an interviewfor the Welk show and to play trumpet for the band. After his performance on that show, Lawrence, who was now impressed, hired him into the band upon his completion of his military service which was nine months away.
1968until the show ended in 1982, Johnny was one of the show's most popular musicians, and was often featured in trumpet solos such as "String of Pearls", "At The Cross" and " Hot Lips". As a born-again Christian, he is also involved in the Gospelministry pursuing both Christianand secularmusic doing many concertdates and making albums.
Today, he and his wife Laura, both live in
Oregon. He is the father of four children.
* [http://www.jazell.com Johnny Zell Music]
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