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
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.
- Registered his car with a vanity license plate that read "A1 AN A2".
- In the early 1990s, the U.S. Congress refused federal funding to restore Welk's boyhood home in Strasburg, N.D., as a museum. His many still loyal fans, hearing of this, donated the money themselves, and to this day the Welk Home and Museum has been restored and maintained entirely by private funds.
- Despite being born in the U.S., he grew up speaking German and did not speak English until he was 21.
- Founder of the still-thriving Lawrence Welk Resort and Country Club in Escondido, California.
- 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.
- 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.
- Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1989.
- Welk's son, Lawrence Welk Jr, is owner/operator of the Welk Resort in Branson, Missouri.