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.
- Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1989.
- 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!").
- 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.
- Registered his car with a vanity license plate that read "A1 AN A2".
- Welk's son, Lawrence Welk Jr, is owner/operator of the Welk Resort in Branson, Missouri.
- 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).
- Served as his own producer for most of his years on TV, via Teleklew Productions. The name was made up of "tele" for television and "klew" was Welk spelled backwards.