Jo Ann Castle was a staple on the Lawrence Welk show. She developed her lightning-fast keyboard skills at the age of five and was just as proficient on the accordion as the piano. Here’s one of her better albums– old Hawaiian standards played with a ragtime flair! Surf guitar rounds out the mix and gives a few of the tracks a slightly rock ‘n roll flavor– my favorites are “Lovely Hula Hands” and “Little Grass Shack.” You can visit Jo Ann’s official website here, and read about her (somewhat tragic) life story here.

Disclaimer: I found this record in very poor condition and even after agressive cleaning (with Windex, no less) and some digital noise reduction, some of the tracks aren’t as clean as the preview below. The music is so much fun, though, that you might not much care.

Jo Ann Castle – Lovely Hula Hands

Thank you for a fabulous post. Jo Ann Castle is a fabulous pianist, many of these songs are exciting. She used all of her best techniques on this one.

Can you repost the other two Hawaiian albums you have?

Thanks for the tunes. Just finished listening to them and was pleasantly surprised … thought the combo might be bad was it was a nice mix.