Lawrence Welk

Lawrence Welk

Age
89 (passed away May. 17th, 1992)
Birthday
Mar. 11th, 1903
Born in
Strasburg, North Dakota, USA
Height

Lawrence Welk's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Lawrence Welk Show TV Show
The Lawrence Welk Show
 

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself
1
Himself
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

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.


TRIVIA:
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Founder of the still-thriving Lawrence Welk Resort and Country Club in Escondido, California.
  • He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6613 Hollywood Boulevard and for Television at 1601 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
  • His show was initially cancelled by ABC-TV in 1971, after 17 years as a Saturday night perennial on the network, because of a question of viewer demographics. Advertisers and networks were convinced that they should gear their shows to younger, urban audiences, who were thought to have the buying power, and Welk's audience was simply considered too old. In what was then considered a bold move, Welk began producing shows for first-run syndication, and by the start of the 1971 fall season he was back on the air, where he remained until he retired eleven years later. Ironically, many of the stations that carried his show were local ABC affiliates.
  • 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.
  • 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!").
  • Registered his car with a vanity license plate that read "A1 AN A2".


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