Jo Ann Castle
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|Jo Ann Castle|
Castle on the left with Lawrence Welk and Cissy King, 1969.
|Birth name||Jo Ann Zering|
September 3, 1939 |
Bakersfield, California, United States
|Genres||Honky-tonk, Boogie-woogie, Ragtime|
|Associated acts||The Lawrence Welk Show|
Jo Ann Castle (born September 3, 1939) is an American honky-tonk pianist, best remembered for appearing on The Lawrence Welk Show. She adopted her stage name from the name of an accordion manufacturer, another instrument she played proficiently. She was often referred to as "Queen of the Honky-Tonk Piano" by Lawrence Welk himself.
Originally introduced to Welk by Joe Feeney in 1959, Castle became a permanent member of the Welk Family, replacing the departing Big Tiny Little. Shortly after joining the Show, Castle married cameraman Dean Hall. They divorced in 1966 after having a daughter. Castle married again in 1968 and had a son and a daughter. Castle left the Welk Show in 1969 and divorced in 1971. Her third marriage, in 1978, ended in 1986.
On September 3, 2011, Castle married her fourth husband, Lin Biviano, a trumpet player from Boston.
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