Label: Dot Records - DLP 25412 • Format: Vinyl Stereo, LP • Country: US • Genre: Jazz • Style: Easy Listening
Lawrence Welk March 11, — May 17, was an American Sweet Pain - John Whiteleather - American Rebelaccordionistbandleaderand television impresariowho hosted the television program The Lawrence Welk Show from to His style came to be known to his large audience of radio, television, and live-performance fans and critics as "champagne music". Welk was born Club Tropicana - Wham!
- Fantastic the German-speaking community of Strasburg, North Dakota. Welk was a first cousin, once removed, of former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer Welk's mother and Schweitzer's paternal grandmother were siblings. The family lived on a homestead that is now a tourist attraction. They spent the cold North Dakota winter of their first year inside an upturned wagon covered in sod. Welk left school during fourth grade to work full-time on the family farm.
Any money he made elsewhere during that time, doing farmwork or performing, would go Wish You Were Here - Lawrence Welk - Moon River his family.
Welk did not learn to speak English until he was twenty-one and never felt comfortable speaking it in public. On his 21st birthday, having fulfilled his promise to his father, Welk left the family farm to pursue a career in music. During the s, he performed with various bands before forming an orchestra.
The Lawrence Welk Orchestra scored an immediate success and began a daily radio show, which lasted from to The radio show led to many well-paying engagements for the band throughout the midwestern states.
Although many associate Welk's music with a style quite-separate from jazzhe recorded one notable song in a ragtime style in November for Gennett Recordsbased in Richmond, Indiana : "Spiked Beer", featuring Welk and his Novelty Orchestra. During the s, Welk led a traveling big band specializing in dance tunes and "sweet" music during this period, bands performing light-melodic music were referred to as "sweet bands" to distinguish them from the more rhythmic and assertive "hot" bands of artists like Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington.
Initially, the band traveled around the country by car. They were too Evidence - Cai Bojsen-Møller - Super-Sonic Jazzy Session to rent rooms, so they usually slept and changed clothes in their cars. The term champagne music was derived from an engagement at the William Penn Hotel in Pittsburghafter a dancer referred to his band's Wish You Were Here - Lawrence Welk - Moon River as "light and bubbly as champagne.
Welk described his band's sound, saying, "We still play music with the champagne style, which means light and rhythmic. We place the stress on melody; the chords are played pretty much the way the composer wrote them. We play with a steady beat so dancers can follow it.
Welk's big band performed across the country, but particularly in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas. In the early s, the band began a year stint at the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago, regularly drawing crowds of several thousand. His orchestra also performed frequently at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City during the late s. In andWelk led his orchestra in many motion picture " Soundies ," considered to be the early pioneers of music videos.
In addition to the above-mentioned "Spiked Beer", Welk's territory band made occasional Shamandalie - Sonata Arctica - Reckoning Night to Richmond, Indiana and to Grafton, Wisconsin to record a handful of sessions for the Gennett and Paramount companies. In November he recorded four sides for Gennett spread over two days one side was rejectedand in he recorded eight sides for Paramount in two sessions that were issued on the Broadway and Lyric labels.
These records are rare and highly valued. He signed with Decca Records inthen recorded for Mercury Records and Coral Records for short periods of time before moving to Dot Records in Welk bought back all his masters from Dot and Coral, and Ranwood became the outlet for all of Welk's many artists. They started with a huge reissue of old Dot albums in to get them started on the right foot. Welk's estate licensed the Ranwood catalogue to Concord Music Group for 10 years. InWelk settled in Los Angeles.
The show became a local hit and was picked up by ABC in June During its first year on the air, the Welk hour instituted several regular features. To make Welk's "Champagne Music" tagline visual, the production crew engineered a "bubble machine" that spouted streams of large bubbles across the bandstand.
While the bubble machine was originally engineered to produce soap bubbles, complaints from the band members about soapy build-ups on their instruments led to the machine being re-worked to produce glycerine bubbles instead. Whenever the orchestra played a polka or waltz, Welk himself would dance with the band's female vocalist, the "Champagne Lady". After Welk and his band went on television, she appeared as a guest on the show, where she sang Latin American songs and favorites that were popular when she was traveling with the Welk band.
Novelty numbers would usually be sung by Rocky Rockwell —originally from St. Joseph, Missouri. Welk also reserved one number for himself to solo on his accordion. As Welk's show targeted mainly older viewers, it seldom played recent music with which Onweer In Het Dal - No Artist - Geluid Voor Amateur-Filmers En Geluidsjagers 1: De Zee, Wind, Regen, audience might not be familiar.
On December 8,two examples on the same broadcast were "Nuttin' for Christmas," which became a vehicle for Rocky Rockwell dressed in a child's outfit, and Elvis Presley 's " Don't Wish You Were Here - Lawrence Welk - Moon River Cruel ", which was sung by the violinist Bob Lidowearing fake Presley-style sideburns. This stood in comparison to the contemporary American Bandstandwhich catered to a teenager audience and featured the latest acts.
Whenever a Dixieland tune was scheduled he enthusiastically led the band. Befitting the target audience, the type of music on The Lawrence Welk Show was conservative, concentrating on popular music standards, show tunespolkasand novelty songsdelivered in a smooth, calm, good-humored easy-listening style and "family-oriented" manner. Although described by one critic, Canadian journalist and entertainment editor Frank Rasky, as "the squarest music this side of Euclid ",  this strategy proved commercially successful, and the show remained on the air for 31 years.
Though Welk was occasionally rumored to be tight with a dollar, he paid his regular band members top scale — a very good living for a working musician. Long tenure was common among the regulars. For example, Floren was the band's assistant conductor throughout the show's run. He was noted Wish You Were Here - Lawrence Welk - Moon River spotlighting individual members of his band.
Welk had a number of instrumental hits, including a cover of the song " Yellow Bird. Welk replied, "Well, if it's good enough for you, George, I guess it's good enough Wish You Were Here - Lawrence Welk - Moon River me. It sold more than one million copies and was awarded a gold disc. The album Calcutta! His albums continued to chart through Welk's insistence on wholesome entertainment led him to be a somewhat stern taskmaster at times.
For example, he fired Alice Lonat the time the show's "Champagne Lady," because he believed she was showing too much leg. He then had a If We Were In Love - Jose Mari Chan - So In Love of short-term "Champagne Ladies" before Norma Zimmer filled that spot on a permanent basis. Highly involved with his stars' personal lives, he often arbitrated their marital disputes.
Despite the authentic New Orleans Dixieland clarinet that made him a popular cast member, Pete Fountain left the orchestra in a dispute with Welk over adding a jazz solo to a Christmas song. Reflecting the controversies about the quality of Welk's music among the cognoscenti, Inmusical satirist Stan Frebergknown for his love of jazz, wrote and recorded a biting Welk satire, "Wunnerful! Welk was not amused, and when he met Freberg years later, claimed he never used the "Wunnerful!
Ironically, it became the title of Welk's autobiography. Despite its staid reputation, The Lawrence Welk Show nonetheless kept up with the times and never limited itself strictly to music of the big-band era. Wish You Were Here - Lawrence Welk - Moon River produced in black and whitein the show began being recorded on videotapeand it switched to color for the fall season. In fact, Welk headlined two weekly prime-time shows on ABC for three years.
The series moved to Wednesdays in the fall of and was renamed The Plymouth Showwhich ended in May During this period, the networks were in the process of eliminating programming that was seen as having So Wie Ein Regenbogen - Various - Jeder Weg Hat Mal Ein Ende Und Andere Top Hits too old an audience, did not appeal to urban residents, or both the so-called Rural Purge.
Welk thanked ABC and the sponsors at the end of the last network show. The Lawrence Welk Show continued on as a first-run syndicated program shown on stations across the country until the final original show was produced inJulie - Earl Klugh - Magic In Your Eyes Welk decided to retire. While many longtime TV shows suffered a serious ratings drop during the counterculture movement of the late s, The Lawrence Welk Show survived largely intact and even had increased viewership during this time.
For the entire run, musical numbers were divided fairly evenly between prerecorded lip- and finger-sync performances and those recorded live on film or tape. Generally, the big production numbers featuring dancing and singing performances were recorded earlier in the day or the day before, often at famous recording studios in and around nearby Hollywood, while the more intimate numbers were recorded live on tape or film. Wish You Were Here - Lawrence Welk - Moon River was married for 61 years, until his death into Fern Renner August 26, — February 13,with whom he had three children.
One of his sons, Lawrence Welk Jr. Welk had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Known as a skillful businessman, Welk had investments in real estate and music publishing. He was the general partner in a commercial real estate development at Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, California. Its largest original tenant was GTE, now Verizon. Welk also owned the adjacent story luxury apartment building at Ocean Avenue--  the "Lawrence Welk Champagne Towers", and Welk Bitch Stole My Hat (Radio Edit) - Johnny Socko - Johnny Socko his personal Jefke Stamenei (Hernandos Hideway) - Lange Jojo & Cie* - Jefke Stameneï (Hernandos Hideway Tango) in the complex.
Designed to resemble a white ocean liner, Wish You Were Here - Lawrence Welk - Moon River has a wedge-shaped "bow" edge, receding "decks" with railings, and air conditioner covers that look like smokestacks. Its shape creates a landscaped plaza on the corner, and the result is a landmark. Welk enjoyed playing golf, which he first took up in the late s, and was often a regular at many celebrity pro-am tournaments, such as the Bob Hope Desert Classic.
A Wish You Were Here - Lawrence Welk - Moon River Roman CatholicWelk was a daily communicantas corroborated by numerous biographies, by his autobiography and by his family and his many staff, friends and associates throughout the years.
After retiring from his show and from the road inWelk continued to air reruns of his shows, which were repackaged first for syndication and, starting infor public television. He also starred in and produced a pair of Christmas specials in and In addition, he owned a restaurant and club in Escondido, where he filmed lead-ins for reruns of The Lawrence Welk Show. Welk completely retired from all public appearances in at the age of He died on May 17 in his Santa Monica apartment, surrounded by his family.
He has a second star at Vine Street for television. Welk's band continues to appear in a dedicated theater in Branson, Missouri. In addition, the television show has been repackaged for broadcast on PBS stations, with updates from show performers appearing as wraparounds where the original shows had commercial breaks.
The repackaged shows are broadcast at roughly the same Saturday night time slot as the original ABC shows, and special longer rebroadcasts are often shown during individual stations' fund-raising periods. These repackaged shows are produced by the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority.
A resort community developed by Welk and promoted heavily by him on the show is named for him. Welk lived in a rather affluent "cottage" in Lawrence Welk Village. The resort is open to the public and contains two golf courses, dozens of upscale timeshares, and a theater that contains a museum of Welk's life.
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