Jo Ann Castle

Jo Ann Zering

Also known as J. Castle, Jo Anne Castle, JoAnn Castle

Discography of Jo Ann Castle:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Ragtime Piano Gal 12 Audio 1960 Dot Records
2 Tiger Rag 10 Audio 1967 Pickwick
3 Ragtime Piano Gal 12 Audio Birchmount
4 The Ballad Of Jed Clampett 12 Audio 1963 Dot Records
5 Lawrence Welk's Ragtime Gal! 10 Audio 1967 Pickwick/33 Records
6 22 Great Ragtime Hits 22 Audio 1977 Ranwood
7 Accordion In Hi-Fi 12 Audio
8 Jo Ann Castle Plays Great Million Sellers 12 Audio 1964
9 22 Great Ragtime Hits 22 Audio 1977 Ranwood
10 Great Million Sellers 12 Audio 1968
11 I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover 9 Audio Pickwick
12 Honky Tonk Twist / I Want A Girl 2 Audio 1962-03-00 Dot Records
13 Ragtime Piano Gal 12 Audio Dot Records
14 Wolverton Mountain 2 Audio 1963 Dot Records
15 Those Were The Days 10 Audio 1968 Ranwood
16 Hawaiin Ragtime 12 Audio 1968 Ranwood
17 Those Were The Days 10 Audio Birchmount
18 Lawrence Welk's Ragtime Gal! 10 Audio 1967 Pickwick/33 Records
19 Ballad Of Jed Clampett / Maid In France (Ooh! La! La!) (Le Bal De Madame De Mortemouille) 2 Audio 1963-01-00 Dot Records
20 Hawaiian Ragtime 12 Audio 1965 Dot Records
21 Ragtime Melodies 12 Audio 1964 Hamilton
22 12 Great Hits In Ragtime 12 Audio 1962 Dot Records
23 TV Favorites As Played On The Lawrence Welk Show 12 Audio Hamilton
24 Accordion In Hi-Fi 12 Audio Roulette (2)
25 Ragtime Melodies 12 Audio 1964 Hamilton


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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