If you missed this viral video making the rounds a few years ago, you’re surely going to appreciate it! Guaranteed to make you smile, this elderly couple from Ankeny, Iowa made quite an impression while waiting in the atrium of The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Upon noticing a piano in the atrium of the hospital waiting area, patients and employees alike were treated to a resounding rendition of Percy Wenrich’s “Put on Your Ole Gray Bonnet”. After tickling the ivories to find the right note, Marlow Cowan and his wife Frances let it loose!
The original video was shot by patient Sharon Turner of West Virginia, and subsequently posted by her daughter (Jodi Hume). Needless to say the video went viral and the rest is (as they say) history!
Elderly Couple Plays Piano At Mayo Clinic
The couple is no stranger to the entertainment business. Noted journalist David Kusumoto wrote a very comprehensive piece on the couple back in 2010. In his piece titled “Nearly 7,000,000 Views Later – The Triumphant Return Of The Piano-Playing Elderly Couple” Kusumoto writes that the couple has been touring for the past 30 years.
According to reporter Marc Hansen of the Des Moines Register, the couple has spent nearly 30 years touring the world, giving lessons and attending recitals, while directing the Des Moines YMCA Boys Chorus and two musical bell-ringing clubs. – from David Kusumoto’s, How’s it Going to End Blog, 2010
For more on the story, visit Kusumoto’s blog. We hope this brings as much joy to you as it did to us (and the 7 million + who’ve already seen it)!