The music group Mother’s Choice were the featured band at Apple Annie’s Courtyard at Church Street Station on Church Street in downtown Orlando. Sam and Susan Barnes, Ron Cole, and Charlie Lesink were very kind, singing the 8 ½ minute long American Pie every time our kids requested it, which was every time we were there! They played a mix of folk and blue grass music to the delight of all who visited.
This is the front cover of their record album, autographed by all the members of the band and features caricatures of each. Clockwise Charlie Lesink, Ron Cole, Sam Barnes, Susan Barnes. Peruse images, audio and links under Attachments below.
The Fall 1977 edition of Church Street Station’s Good Times Gazette has feature stories on each entertainment venue and the entertainers. This portion of page 3 in the Gazette, features Apple Annie’s Courtyard and Mother’s Choice – a folk, bluegrass band with members Sam Barnes, Susan Barnes, Charley Lesink, Ronnie Cole, and Jeff Pattishall.
The band was included on a live album recorded at Church Street Station called “Sights and Sounds of Church Street Station.” Several songs are included on the album, but one – a localized parody of “Charlie on the M.T.A.” appealed to everyone who had visited the Magic Kingdom and traveled on the monorail.
Our family frequented Church Street Station when our two children were very little (8 months and older) starting in 1982. The kids love American Pie by Don McLean and once they knew that Mother’s Choice sang that song, they requested it every time we visited Church Street Station. My husband and I figured Sam Barnes thought we were using the kids as pawns to request the song for us, but that was not the case. Our son, Christopher and daughter Ashley, loved the song and knew most of the words by heart!
The Barnes still reside in the Orlando area and their two daughters are also musically inclined!
What was left of Apple Annie’s after they removed the fire and water fountain is included in this Church Street Station marketing video currently posted on YouTube.com.
Peruse the documents, audio file and images below under Attachments and enjoy the humor of “Charlie on the M.T.A.”!
The group was included on a live album recorded at Church Street Station called “Sights and Sounds of Church Street Station.” Several songs performed by Mother’s Choice are included on the album, but a parody of “Charlie on the M.T.A.” was a favorite of everyone who had ever visited the Magic Kingdom and traveled on the monorail. It tells the tale of Charlie who, lacking a ticket for the Monorail was destined to keep riding forever round the Magic Kingdom.
This take off on the once popular Kingston Trio song "Charlie on the M.T.A." is performed by the Apple Annie's Courtyard band "Mother's Choice." The song places Charlie on the monorail at Disney instead. It was record live on the "Sights and Sounds of Church Street Station" album that followed two visitors experiencing the entertainment at Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium and Apple Annie's Courtyard.