Lawrence Welk

Lawrence Welk (March 11, 1903—May 17, 1992) was a musician, accordion player, band leader, and television impresario. He was born in Strasburg, North Dakota to Russian German parents.

His music was conservative, concentrating mostly on pop song standards, polkas, and novelty songs, delivered in a smooth, calming, good-humored easy listening style. His show was warm and family-oriented. His "Champagne Music" has been considered the epitome of "square".

In the 1920s Welk lead a big band played engagments in eastern South Dakota area. His band was the station band for popular radio station WNAX in Yankton, South Dakota. During the 1930s, Welk led a travelling big band, specializing in dance tunes and 'sweet' music. The band performed in many places across the country, particularly in the Chicago area. In the early 1940s the band travelled to California for a six-week engagement at the Avalon Ballroom. This gig turned into a 10 year stint, drawing crowds of nearly 7000 on a regular basis.

In 1952, Welk settled in Los Angeles, California. That same year, he began producing The Lawrence Welk Show on KTLA in Los Angeles. The show was first aired nationally on ABC in 1955.

Welk's television program had a policy to only play well known songs and tunes from previous years, so that the target audience would only hear numbers that they were already familiar with. This strategy proved commercially successful.

Much of the show's appeal was Welk himself. Although born in the United States, he spoke with a slight but notable European accent that many, especially ladies, found to be quite appealing. His TV show was recorded as if it were live and was sometimes quite free-wheeling. Welk often took ladies from the audience for a turn around the dance floor. During one show Welk brought a cameraman out to dance with one of the ladies and took over the camera himself.

The reputation for "corny music" notwithstanding, his musicians were always top quality, including accordionist Myron Floren and New Orleans Dixieland clarinetist Pete Fountain. Welk was noted for spotlighting individual members of his band and show. His band was well-disciplined and had excellent arrangements in all styles. One notable showcase was his album with the noted jazz saxophonist Johnny Hodges. Welk's instrumental cover of the song "Yellow Bird" was a hit.

He was married for over sixty years, until his death, to Fern Renner, who bore him three children. One of his sons ended up marrying fellow Lawrence Welk Show performer Tanya Falan.

Welk's California automobile license plate read A1ANA2, referencing his trademark count-off before each number, "A one, and a two..."

His band continues to appear in a dedicated theater in Branson, Missouri even though Welk is now deceased. A resort community in Escondido, California is named after Welk.

Welk is said to have learned English only when he was already an adult because he always spoke German at home. When he was asked about his ancestry, he replied always with "Alsace-Lorraine, Germany" (although this was totally wrong).

He died from pneumonia in Santa Monica, California at the age of 89, and is buried in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Culver City, California.


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He died from pneumonia in Santa Monica, California at the age of 89, and is buried in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Culver City, California. Louis Rams (won 1, lost 2; one loss as Los Angeles Rams)
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His band continues to appear in a dedicated theater in Branson, Missouri even though Welk is now deceased. Super Bowl XXXVIII was shown on CBS, Super Bowl XXXIX was shown on FOX, and Super Bowl XL will be shown on ABC. Welk's California automobile license plate read A1ANA2, referencing his trademark count-off before each number, "A one, and a two...". In the United States it is shared between three of the four major television networks - ABC, CBS, and FOX. One of his sons ended up marrying fellow Lawrence Welk Show performer Tanya Falan. The television network showing the game changes from year to year. He was married for over sixty years, until his death, to Fern Renner, who bore him three children. While most home teams in the Super Bowl pick to wear their colored ones, only the Cowboys in XIII and XXVII and the Washington Redskins in XVII have worn white as the home team.

Welk's instrumental cover of the song "Yellow Bird" was a hit. The Dallas Cowboys wore their rarely-used blue uniform tops in Super Bowl V, and lost to the then-Baltimore Colts, which has led to the belief that many people believe that the Cowboys do not play well in their blue shirts. One notable showcase was his album with the noted jazz saxophonist Johnny Hodges. Prior to that, the home team always wore the dark jerseys. His band was well-disciplined and had excellent arrangements in all styles. The home team is given the choice of either wearing their colored jerseys or their white ones, this started with Super Bowl XIII. Welk was noted for spotlighting individual members of his band and show. The designated "home team" alternates between the NFC team in odd-numbered years (the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005), and the AFC team in even-numbered years (the New England Patriots in 2004).

The reputation for "corny music" notwithstanding, his musicians were always top quality, including accordionist Myron Floren and New Orleans Dixieland clarinetist Pete Fountain. However, Super Bowl XIV (which involved the then-Los Angeles Rams) was played in the Rose Bowl in nearby Pasadena; and Super Bowl XIX (which involved the San Francisco 49ers) was played at the nearby Stanford Stadium on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto. During one show Welk brought a cameraman out to dance with one of the ladies and took over the camera himself. No NFL team has ever played the Super Bowl on its own home turf. Welk often took ladies from the audience for a turn around the dance floor. The chosen venues have either been located in the southern regions of the United States where the wintertime weather is expected to be mild, or in domed stadiums where weather is not an issue. His TV show was recorded as if it were live and was sometimes quite free-wheeling. The location of the Super Bowl is chosen well in advance, usually 3-5 years before the game.

Although born in the United States, he spoke with a slight but notable European accent that many, especially ladies, found to be quite appealing. This ban includes the pre and post game shows. Much of the show's appeal was Welk himself. Las Vegas is the only city that is not allowed to run commericals during the game. This strategy proved commercially successful. Prices have increased each year, reaching $2.4 million (US) for a 30 second spot during Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005. Welk's television program had a policy to only play well known songs and tunes from previous years, so that the target audience would only hear numbers that they were already familiar with. Famous commercial campaigns include the Budweiser "Bud Bowl" campaign, and the 1999 and 2000 dot-com ads.

The show was first aired nationally on ABC in 1955. Following Apple Computer's 1984 commercial introducing the Apple Macintosh computer, directed by Ridley Scott, the broadcast of the Super Bowl became the premier showcase for high concept or simply extravagantly expensive commercials. That same year, he began producing The Lawrence Welk Show on KTLA in Los Angeles. In terms of household percentage, the most watched was Super Bowl XVI in 1982 which was watched in 49.1% of households (73 share) or 40,020,000 households at the time. In 1952, Welk settled in Los Angeles, California. The most watched Super Bowl was 1998's Super Bowl XXXII between the Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers which received a 44.5 rating and 67 share, attracting 90 million viewers. This gig turned into a 10 year stint, drawing crowds of nearly 7000 on a regular basis. Also it is estimated that 130-140 million tune into some part of the game.

In the early 1940s the band travelled to California for a six-week engagement at the Avalon Ballroom. This means that on average, 80 to 90 million Americans are tuned into the Super Bowl at any given moment. The band performed in many places across the country, particularly in the Chicago area. households, and 60 percent of all homes tuned into television during the game). During the 1930s, Welk led a travelling big band, specializing in dance tunes and 'sweet' music. on average, 40 percent of all U.S. His band was the station band for popular radio station WNAX in Yankton, South Dakota. The Super Bowl tends to have high Nielsen television ratings which usually come in around a 40 rating and 60 share (i.e.

In the 1920s Welk lead a big band played engagments in eastern South Dakota area. (See: Professional American football championship games and National Football League championships). His "Champagne Music" has been considered the epitome of "square". The game was called the "All-America Football Conference Championship Game", the "AFL Championship Game" or the "NFL Championship Game", depending on the league playing it. His show was warm and family-oriented. Previous to the 1966 football season, American professional football's championship games were played for various league championships, and games were not played between league champions. His music was conservative, concentrating mostly on pop song standards, polkas, and novelty songs, delivered in a smooth, calming, good-humored easy listening style. The trophy was named prior to Super Bowl V in his honor following his death in 1970.

He was born in Strasburg, North Dakota to Russian German parents. The winning team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named for the coach of the Green Bay Packers, who won the first two Super Bowl games. Lawrence Welk (March 11, 1903—May 17, 1992) was a musician, accordion player, band leader, and television impresario. After the 1970 season, the game reverted from an essentially interleague championship to the NFL championship, featuring the champions of the NFL's two conferences, the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference. The name was inspired by Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt's daughter playing with a small rubber ball with high bouncing powers called a super ball. The third such game, after the 1968 season, was called the "Super Bowl", and that name is now used to refer to the first two AFL-NFL Championship Games as well.

The game was a result of the merger agreement between the two leagues that took full effect for the 1970 season. An AFL-NFL Championship Game was first played after the 1966 football season on January 15, 1967, between the champions of the American Football League and the NFL. It is held annually on the last Sunday in January or the first Sunday in February, and is one of the most watched television broadcasts of the year. The game is almost like a national holiday in the United States.

The Super Bowl is the championship game of the National Football League, the pinnacle of American football. Super Bowl XXXIX was the first such game to be tied after three quarters of play. Also, because of the attacks, the Super Bowl was a National Special Security Event. Most of the events two years afterward were scheduled in February.

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