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Guy and Ralna

Updated on December 26, 2009

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The once husband and wife duo on the Lawrence Welk Show who sang many favorites, including,Gospel, Country and Western, and many love songs reflecting the great love they had for each other. Later, they drifted apart, like many couples do and divorced in 1984.

Ralna and Guy

Ralna and Guy
Ralna and Guy

Biography

As a husband and wife duo in the mid-1960s, Guy Hovis and Ralna English have worked together through a range of genres including gospel music, love songs, and country & western.

Ralna first met Guy, at the "The Horn," a top-rung nightclub in Santa Monica, California. At the time Ralna and Guy got together, Ralna already had a music career well in the works. She had performed in Las Vegas with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Jr. and the Kirby Stone Four. She toured as an a cappella singer in Puerto Rico and performed for military men overseas with the U.S.O. in the Philippines, Thailand, and Japan. After Guy and Ralna got together, the couple became a popular gospel duo, releasing two noteworthy albums, Give Me That Old Time Religion and How Great Thou.

Next, in pursuing her long-time dream to perform on the Lawrence Welk's television show (mostly because her grandmother loved it so much), Ralna set up the interview she had been waiting for so many years, in 1969. The producers signed her as one of the show's soloists, and a few months later, Ralna moved the love of her life right in beside her. Together the duo was an inspiration to American television, with a loving relationship mirroring the lyrics of their love songs. The loving newlyweds fell out of love and separated in 1978 but, having made a professional decision to keep their private life out of public eye, it was business as usual on the screen, long after their feelings and relationship had subsided.

The couple continued working together for several years after their separation. In 1982, they released another gospel album entitled The Lord's Prayer, but Ralna was getting more anxious to pursue a solo career. Although it wasn't a widely publicized affair, Guy and Ralna officially divorced in 1984.

Currently, Ralna is pursuing the solo career she wanted and is well on her way to stardom.

Ralna and Guy

Ralna and Guy
Ralna and Guy

Green Eyes

True Love

You Light Up My Life

I Can't Stop Loving You

Let It Be Me

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Give Me That Old Time Religion

It Is No Secret, What God Can Do

Answer Me, My Love

Away in a Manger - Daughter Julie in This Video With Guy and Ralna

I Write the Songs

22 Great Songs of Faith~CD

22 Great Songs Of Faith
22 Great Songs Of Faith

Track Listings

1. Just a Closer Walk With Thee

2. Amazing Grace

3. How Great Thou Art

4. Church in the Wildwood

5. In the Garden

6. Put Your Hand in the Hand

7. What a Friend We Have in Jesus

8. Old Rugged Cross

9. Whispering Hope

10. Softly and Tenderly

11. Sweet Hour of Prayer

12. He Touched Me

13. In the Sweet By and By

14. Peace in the Valley

15. Give Me That Old Time Religion

16. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)

17. He

18. Take My Hand, Precious Lord

19. Love Lifted Me

20. My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)

21. Let's All Go Down to the River

22. Rock of Ages

 

Best Loved Hymns by Guy and Ralna - 1997 CD

Best Loved Hymns
Best Loved Hymns

Track Listings

1. How Great Thou Art

2. Just a Closer Walk With Thee

3. Whispering Hope

4. His Eye Is on the Sparrow

5. Sweet Little Jesus Boy

6. In the Sweet By and By

7. Softly and Tenderly

8. Sweet Hour of Prayer

9. Amazing Grace

 

A Little About Ralna English

Ralna Eve English American born singer (born June 19, 1942) was born in Haskell, the seat of Haskell County, north of Abilene, Texas. She was famous as part of the husband & wife singing duo of Guy & Ralna with then-husband Guy Hovis both of whom were featured performers on The Lawrence Welk Show.

English was reared in Lubbock, whereas a teenager, won a local battle of the bands competition with her group "Ralna and the Ad-Libs". One of her competitors was legendary rock star Buddy Holly, a Lubbock native.

After attending Texas Tech University, and singing jingles for television commercials in Dallas, she relocated to California in the late 1960s where she performed regularly at The Horn nightclub in Santa Monica.

It was there that she met fellow aspiring performer Guy Hovis, a native of Mississippi. They were married on January 25, 1969.

Later that year, she joined Lawrence Welk on his television program originally as a soloist. In the first year, husband Guy joined the program, and for the next thirteen years, until the show ended its run in 1982, Guy & Ralna became one of the most popular acts on the show.

Although they divorced in 1984, they are still good friends and often perform together in concert venues. They are the parents of an adopted daughter Julie (born 1977). English is single, but Hovis has remarried.

In March 2007, Ralna's solo TV special, "Ralna English: From My Heart" premiered nationally on PBS stations across the US. In it, she performed with a 75-piece orchestra and 100 voice choir. The show was a fundraiser for public television and viewers can pledge for a DVD or CD of the program.

In 2007, Ralna also published a "Ralna English Family Cookbook" that was offered with her TV special. Recipes are from her two sisters, Sharon and Jane, as well as her aunts, grandmother, mother and other relatives.

Now living in Scottsdale, Arizona, she still maintains a busy concert schedule, either performing as a solo act, or with Guy Hovis, (Guy & Ralna) who was an aide, based in Jackson, Mississippi, to his longtime friend, former U.S. Senator Trent Lott, a Republican.

A Little About Guy Hovis

Guy Hovis, a vocalist, was born in Tupelo, MS on September 25, 1941. He attended the University of Mississppi and originally wanted to be an accountant, but soon found music and showbiz more inviting. While paying his dues in nightclubs all over Los Angeles, he married Ralna English in 1969. The next year, he joined his wife on the Lawrence Welk Show as one half of "Guy & Ralna" which was one of the show's most popular acts. Since Welk, he has remarried, recently to Sarah (Sis) Lundy, and has worked as State Director for US Senator Trent Lott (R-Mississippi). While not working in politics, he sings live, as a soloist or with his ex-wife Ralna, and spends time with his daughter Julie.

Favorite Hymns~ 1995 CD

Favorite Hymns
Favorite Hymns

Track Listings

1. Hallelujah - Lawrence Welk

2. Holy, Holy, Holy - Lawrence Welk

3. How Great Thou Art - Guy & Ralna

4. Old Time Religion - The Lennon Sisters

5. What a Friend We Have in Jesus - Tom Netherton

6. In the Garden - Norma Zimmer

7. Beautiful Savior - Myron Floren

8. Love Lifted Me - Lawrence Welk

9. Church in the Wildwood - Guy & Ralna

10. Rock of Ages - Norma Zimmer

11. Old Rugged Cross - The Lennon Sisters

12. Precious Lord, Take My Hand - Tom Netherton

13. Amazing Grace - Lawrence Welk

14. I Believe - Guy & Ralna

15. Abide with Me - Jim Roberts, Jim Roberts, Norma Zimmer

16. You'll Never Walk Alone - Tom Netherton

17. Peace in the Valley - Bob Ralston

18. Whispering Hope - Lawrence Welk

19. Sweet Hour of Prayer - Guy & Ralna

20. Softly and Tenderly - Lawrence Welk

21. Faith of Our Fathers - The Lennon Sisters

22. Just a Closer Walk With Thee - Lawrence Welk

23. Ave Maria - Norma Zimmer

24. Lord's Prayer - The Lennon Sisters

 

Best of Ralna English 3-CD Set~2004

Best of Ralna English 3-CD Set
Best of Ralna English 3-CD Set

Enjoy the ultimate music collection of songs by longtime singer and TV star Ralna English, as seen on "The Lawrence Welk Show." "The Best of Ralna English" 3-CD collector’s set includes 32 of her best-loved songs of inspirational, gospel, big band, patriotic, and love songs.

Ralna’s "My God, My Country" CD includes "God Bless America," "Mary Did You Know," and "His Eye Is On the Sparrow," plus her beautiful symphonic recording of "Amazing Grace," and her live performance of "Strike Up the Band."

Ralna’s "My Favorite Love Songs" CD includes big band tunes and popular songs from the ‘30s and ‘40s, including "Green Eyes/Tangerine," "Stardust," "Embraceable You" "Stormy Weather" and "I’ll Be Seeing You," plus the all-time hit, "At Last."

Ralna’s "Always" CD contains such memorable tunes and feel-good songs as "Memory," "Love Sick Blues," "Even the Nights Are Better" and "You’ll Never Know."

Made in U.S.A.

 

Lawrence Welk~TV Favorites~1992 CD

The Lawrence Welk Show: T.V. Favorites
The Lawrence Welk Show: T.V. Favorites

Track Listings

1. Bubbles in the Wine - Lawrence Welk

2. Moon River - Lawrence Welk

3. Double Eagle Polka - Myron Floren

4. End of the World - The Lennon Sisters

5. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home - Jo Anne Castle

6. Paloma Blanca - Anacani

7. Accordion Man Polka - Myron Floren, , Lawrence Welk

8. Frankie and Johnny - Jo Anne Castle

9. Beer Barrel Polka - Myron Floren

10. Baby Elephant Walk - Lawrence Welk

11. Blue Hawaii - The Lennon Sisters

12. How Great Thou Art - Guy & Ralna

 

Lawrence Welk~Precious Memories-Classic Hymns DVD

Lawrence Welk Precious Memories
Lawrence Welk Precious Memories

Run Time: 108 minutes

Includes Guy & Ralna

 

Guy and Ralna

Guy and Ralna
Guy and Ralna

Ralna English

Ralna English
Ralna English

Concert in August 2009

Guy & Ralna of The Lawrence Welk Show will perform a concert on August 2, 2009 at Emens Auditorium in Muncie.

In their live, 80-minute patriotic concert, the duo will pay a special patriotic salute to all five branches of our Armed Forces. They will also perform big band, gospel, pop and country tunes with an 11-piece band. Some of the patriotic tunes that Guy & Ralna will perform include: God Bless America, Ragged Old Flag, Let the Eagle Soar, God Bless the USA, Let There Be Peace on Earth, Strike Up the Band, and the Armed Forces Medley. Ralna will perform, A Song of Peace, and Guy will perform his fabulous Let the Eagle Soar solo he performed for the Presidential Inauguration in 2004.

Did You Know?

Guy and Ralna Officially Divorced in 1984.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: there is a cd on ralnas website that has tht song on it but that is not the name of the cd

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Please, If anyone knows where I can purchase the Guy And Rana CD, DVD, or cassette tape, notify me at vernonconnolly222@hotmail.com.

      I would greatly and genuinely appreciate this!!!

      Thank you,

      Sincerely,

      Vernon Connolly

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Guy and Ralna put out an album entitled "The Lord's Prayer" (I believe) in 1982. I remember buying (at that time) the cassette tape, which was yellow (as was the cassette holder). I found this quite unique; however, through the years, I have lost that little treasure, and to me, a little piece of heaven! I was wondering if anyone knew where I can possibly get another copy off this wonderful cassette tape with songs like Steps, But I Call Him Lord, Sweet Little Jesus Boy, The Lord's Prayer, etc.. Even a better blessing would be to find The Lord's Prayer by Guy and Ralna on CD or DVD!!! Anyone's input would be greatly appreciated!!

      Thank you sincerely,

      Vernon C. Connolly

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have been looking everywhere for a cd of the 1969 Christmas show. If anyone knows where i can get it, please let me know at klohrman@columbus.rr.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love Guy and Ralna. I wish they were still married. They are such a handsome couple.

      Doris Woods

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am the same age as Ralna and did not miss the Lawrence Welk show ever on TV. I grew up with her and her wonderful husband, Guy. I still watch them on PBS television. Best TV show ever!!!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Diane Harris

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I wondered what happened to them. I remember them fondly from Lawrence Welk.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Marg & moe have spent many hours watching Guy & Ralna on Lawrence WElk show. We still watch the show and love it. It brings back memories of happy day Thanks Guy & Ralna

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm looking for a CD Guy and Ralna sings "I call Him Lord " the album is House of Prayer, can anyone help me find it?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I believe one of their best duets was "You Needed Me". Very well done. Excellent voices for a hard song to sing. I wish them both continued success.

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      MamaRuth 6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your lens about Guy and Ralna. I do remember seeing them on the Lawrence Welk shows years ago.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Guy and Ralna were the couple who inspired my wife and I to begin singing publicly. Actually, we sang in our Church during our high school years (late 1970s...we actually are high school sweethearts having married in August, 1980. We celebrate our 31st wedding anniv. this year!). People said over and over, "you remind us of Guy and Ralna....you remind us so much of Guy and Ralna". We had no clue who in the heck was Guy and Ralna. We did a song they sang once back in the late 70's..we did so wanting to know more about "this Guy and Ralna"! We actually listened or followed their careers until much later. In all honesty, I just began watching the reruns of the old Lawrence Welk Shows within the last year (2011). It may have taken awhile, but GUY and RALNA, WE ARE NOW GREAT FANS of YOU TWO! Some may think we are ridiculous, but we'd give anything to meet you two someday. Even more of a dream would be to share a song with you guys! Life takes dips and turns and at age 48. I have had to leave my profession (education) to focus on my health and I now am working toward being healthy putting the last few years of horrible health behind me/us. I continue to make progress and will soon announce I am disease free!! If not for the music given us by GUY and RALNA I don't if I could have survived these last trials in life! Cindy and I sing and sing and sing...we mostly sing at our Church, but still receive many invitations to sing at weddings and of course, funerals. THANK YOU GUY and RALNA! We love you two and are forever indebted to your beautiful and talented souls! Thank you again! Dr. Curt and Cindy Wilkey, Stillwater, OK cuwilkey@hotmail.com (We still are hopeful to meet you two someday!)

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Nicely done. I remember seeing Guy and Ralna a few times on TV, but I didn't know about their gospel music work.

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      I remember my grandmother watching this show, she was very faithful about it. You did a great job on this lens.