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.


This page about Lawrence Welk includes information from a Wikipedia article.
Additional articles about Lawrence Welk
News stories about Lawrence Welk
External links for Lawrence Welk
Videos for Lawrence Welk
Wikis about Lawrence Welk
Discussion Groups about Lawrence Welk
Blogs about Lawrence Welk
Images of Lawrence Welk

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. Plus Janet Jackson's "I Want You" produced by West nominated in Best Female Recording (R&B). When he was asked about his ancestry, he replied always with "Alsace-Lorraine, Germany" (although this was totally wrong).
His complete Grammy nominations included:. Welk is said to have learned English only when he was already an adult because he always spoke German at home. At the 47th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held on February 13, 2005, his album The College Dropout won for Best Rap Album; and his single "Jesus Walks" won for Best Rap Song. Somewhat surprisingly, he did not go home with the Best New Artist Grammy (which instead went to Maroon 5); this snub was a repeat of the shut-out he received at the 2004 American Music Awards, where he lost to Gretchen Wilson. A resort community in Escondido, California is named after Welk. His work with pop icon Janet Jackson also earned a nomination for her single I Want You, produced by West, was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

His band continues to appear in a dedicated theater in Branson, Missouri even though Welk is now deceased. He received two nominations in the Album of the Year category, one for The College Dropout, and one for his work on Alicia Keys's album The Diary of Alicia Keys. Welk's California automobile license plate read A1ANA2, referencing his trademark count-off before each number, "A one, and a two...". In 2004, Kanye West received ten Grammy Award nominations, making him the most nominated artist of 2004. One of his sons ended up marrying fellow Lawrence Welk Show performer Tanya Falan. His other collaborations with other artists include Dilated Peoples, Mariah Carey and John Legend. He was married for over sixty years, until his death, to Fern Renner, who bore him three children. He also appears on Brandy's single, "Talk About Our Love".

Welk's instrumental cover of the song "Yellow Bird" was a hit. He has also collaborated with Twista on a couple of his songs, such as "Overnight Celebrity" and "Slow Jamz" (also featuring Jamie Foxx) which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. One notable showcase was his album with the noted jazz saxophonist Johnny Hodges. "Jesus Walks" as of late has been subject for controversy, as the fact that the song was bought from Indianapolis-based MC Rhymefest and re-recorded has infuriated some hip-hop fans who decry such practices. His band was well-disciplined and had excellent arrangements in all styles. In the UK, "Through The Wire" peaked at #9 on the official singles sales chart, "All Falls Down" peaked at #10, and "Jesus Walks" peaked at #16. Welk was noted for spotlighting individual members of his band and show. The third single from the album, the inspirational quasi-epic "Jesus Walks" peaked at #11 on the Hot 100, while a fourth extract, "The New Workout Plan", made a minor impression on the US R&B / Hip-Hop charts (see list of Billboard chart positions below).

The reputation for "corny music" notwithstanding, his musicians were always top quality, including accordionist Myron Floren and New Orleans Dixieland clarinetist Pete Fountain. "Through The Wire" peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, and its successor "All Falls Down", which features R&B singer Syleena Johnson, peaked at #7. During one show Welk brought a cameraman out to dance with one of the ladies and took over the camera himself. The College Dropout reached #1 on Billboard magazine's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Chart, and reached #2 on the Billboard 200 - it also peaked at #12 on the UK album chart, where it spent several months in the Top 20 during 2004. Welk often took ladies from the audience for a turn around the dance floor. The album received almost universal acclaim for its balance of mainstream commercial appeal and conscious (at times verging on Afrocentric) lyrics, along with Kanye's signature style of taking samples from sped-up classic soul and R&B tracks. His TV show was recorded as if it were live and was sometimes quite free-wheeling. "Through The Wire", which sampled Chaka Khan's classic track "Through The Fire", would eventually become his lead single off The College Dropout in 2004, released on Roc-a-Fella Records.

Although born in the United States, he spoke with a slight but notable European accent that many, especially ladies, found to be quite appealing. With his mouth still wired shut and only weeks after having an encounter with death, Kanye West began recording "Through The Wire," reliving his near-fatal accident. Much of the show's appeal was Welk himself. A car crash in October 2002 left his jaw fractured in three places. This strategy proved commercially successful. Previously best known for producing hit singles for Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Ludacris, Kanye himself worked on a solo album for a long period of time, having the release pushed back time and time again. 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. Kanye West (pronounced CON-yay) (born June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American music producer and rapper from Chicago, Illinois.

The show was first aired nationally on ABC in 1955. The New Workout Plan, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #60. That same year, he began producing The Lawrence Welk Show on KTLA in Los Angeles. Through the Wire, Top 40 Tracks, #25. In 1952, Welk settled in Los Angeles, California. Through the Wire, Top 40 Mainstream, #32. This gig turned into a 10 year stint, drawing crowds of nearly 7000 on a regular basis. Through the Wire, Hot 100, #15.

In the early 1940s the band travelled to California for a six-week engagement at the Avalon Ballroom. Through the Wire, Rhythmic Top 40, #10. The band performed in many places across the country, particularly in the Chicago area. Through the Wire, Hot Rap Tracks, #4. During the 1930s, Welk led a travelling big band, specializing in dance tunes and 'sweet' music. Through the Wire, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #8. His band was the station band for popular radio station WNAX in Yankton, South Dakota. Jesus Walks, Hot 100, #11.

In the 1920s Welk lead a big band played engagments in eastern South Dakota area. Jesus Walks, Rhythmic Top 40, #16. His "Champagne Music" has been considered the epitome of "square". Jesus Walks, Hot Rap Tracks, #3. His show was warm and family-oriented. Jesus Walks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #2. His music was conservative, concentrating mostly on pop song standards, polkas, and novelty songs, delivered in a smooth, calming, good-humored easy listening style. All Falls Down, Top 40 Tracks, #12.

He was born in Strasburg, North Dakota to Russian German parents. All Falls Down, Top 40 Mainstream, #22. Lawrence Welk (March 11, 1903—May 17, 1992) was a musician, accordion player, band leader, and television impresario. All Falls Down, Hot 100, #7. All Falls Down, Rhythmic Top 40, #7. All Falls Down, Hot Rap Tracks, #2.

All Falls Down, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #4. Best Rap Album for The College Dropout. Best Rap Song for Jesus Walks. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Slow Jamz.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for All Falls Down. Best Rap Solo Performance for Through The Wire. Best R&B Song for You Don't Know My Name (as a songwriter). Best New Artist.

Song of the Year for Jesus Walks. Album of the Year for The College Dropout. Album of the Year for The Diary Of Alicia Keys (as a producer).

09-01-14 FTPPro Support FTPPro looks and feels just like Windows Explorer Contact FTPPro FTPPro Help Topics FTPPro Terms Of Use ftppro.com/1stzip.php ftppro.com/zip ftppro.com/browse2000.php PAD File Directory Business Search Directory Real Estate Database FunWebsites.org PressArchive.net WebExposure.us Display all your websites in one place HereIam.tv Celebrity Homepages Charity Directory Google+ Directory Move your favorite Unsigned Artist to the Top of the List