89 (passed away May. 17th, 1992)
Mar. 11th, 1903
Strasburg, North Dakota, USA
Lawrence Welk's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
The accordion maestro provided nearly two decades of squeaky-clean music and family entertainment on TV every Saturday night between 1955 and 1971 on prime-time, and for another 11 years in syndication. His trademarks included his "A uh-one, a uh-two" intro and a perpetual bubble machine.
- A good judge of talent, Welk's discoveries included 'Lynn Anderson (II)' (qv) and Pete Fountain, both of whom got their starts with his band.
- Co-wrote several books with Bernice McGheehan, most notably his autobiography, "Wunnerful! Wunnerful!" (1969), "My America, Your America" (1971), and "My Musical Family Album" (1978).
- Welk's son, Lawrence Welk Jr, is owner/operator of the Welk Resort in Branson, Missouri.
- Founder of the still-thriving Lawrence Welk Resort and Country Club in Escondido, California.
- Registered his car with a vanity license plate that read "A1 AN A2".
- Recorded prolifically before and during his TV years, primarily for Columbia, Coral, Dot, and Ranwood records, scoring a number one single and album with "Calcutta" in 1961.
- Dropped out of school in the fourth grade to work on the family farm. At age 21, he left home to make his way in the music business.
- Welk's show was originaly entitled "The Dodge Dancing Party," after his first national sponsor. His longest-lasting sponsors were two over-the-counter medicines, Geritol and Serutan ("That's 'nature's,' spelled backwards!").