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. Some universities and colleges have proms as well, depending on the size of the graduating class in a faculty or department. When he was asked about his ancestry, he replied always with "Alsace-Lorraine, Germany" (although this was totally wrong). The use of chaperones is intended to prevent the occurrence of violence or alcohol/drug abuse. Welk is said to have learned English only when he was already an adult because he always spoke German at home. Because of the age of the attendees, parents, teachers, or others usually act as chaperones for the prom and after-prom activities. A resort community in Escondido, California is named after Welk. Many find it to be just as fun to attend with friends, not worrying about the dating aspect of the prom.

His band continues to appear in a dedicated theater in Branson, Missouri even though Welk is now deceased. They may go in a group that includes a person they have known for years; other times, students just try to find a date that they like. Welk's California automobile license plate read A1ANA2, referencing his trademark count-off before each number, "A one, and a two...". On the other hand, some high school students feel the prom is the most romantic night of their lives. One of his sons ended up marrying fellow Lawrence Welk Show performer Tanya Falan. Disillusionment with these aspects of prom night have led some groups of students to hold alternative events called anti-proms. He was married for over sixty years, until his death, to Fern Renner, who bore him three children. The prom night is laden with significance and anxiety to many students about being invited, finding a date, what to wear, how much to spend, how to find the money, and whether to drink alcohol, take illicit drugs, or engage in sexual relations on the night of this pinnacle event.

Welk's instrumental cover of the song "Yellow Bird" was a hit. Rock music and hip hop are commonly played. One notable showcase was his album with the noted jazz saxophonist Johnny Hodges. Many students group together to take limousines to their proms. Often costs are cut by using the school gym, which challenges the decorating committee to somehow mask the gym odor and drab surfaces. His band was well-disciplined and had excellent arrangements in all styles. High schools near large cities may rent ballrooms at expensive hotels or, to be unusual, venues such as a pleasure cruise boat. Welk was noted for spotlighting individual members of his band and show. In some cases, high school students accumulate funds for their class prom through fundraisers over the four years they attend their high school.

The reputation for "corny music" notwithstanding, his musicians were always top quality, including accordionist Myron Floren and New Orleans Dixieland clarinetist Pete Fountain. Common prom activities include dining, dancing, and socializing. During one show Welk brought a cameraman out to dance with one of the ladies and took over the camera himself. pastel suits for a Miami Vice-themed prom. Welk often took ladies from the audience for a turn around the dance floor. Often times, boys and girls will dress according to the theme of the prom - i.e. His TV show was recorded as if it were live and was sometimes quite free-wheeling. Girls usually wear formal gowns or dresses adorned with a corsage given them by their date, and often dress to shock or be noticed in low cut dresses, shiny or brightly colored fabrics, unusual cuts, or formal pants outfits.

Although born in the United States, he spoke with a slight but notable European accent that many, especially ladies, found to be quite appealing. Boys are usually dressed in tuxedos with bowties, sometimes with brightly colored cummerbunds or vests, though any sort of formal wear can be worn. Much of the show's appeal was Welk himself. A few hours before arriving to prom, there is usually a "pre-prom" where a group of students and their parents, family members, and friends take pictures and get ready prior to when their form of transportation (sometimes a rented limousine, other times driven by a parent) arrives to bring them to prom. This strategy proved commercially successful. In Australia, the term "prom" has also come into sparse usage and in Britain it is becoming widespread, because of US influence. 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. a "formal" is typically a similar dance that is held by a fraternity or sorority affiliated with a certain college or university.

The show was first aired nationally on ABC in 1955. In the U.S. That same year, he began producing The Lawrence Welk Show on KTLA in Los Angeles. In British English and Australian English such an event would be called a ball, although in Australian government schools, Canada and in New Zealand it is also often called a formal. In 1952, Welk settled in Los Angeles, California. In the United States, a prom is a formal dance held at the end of the second-to-last and last years of high school, called junior prom and senior prom respectively. This gig turned into a 10 year stint, drawing crowds of nearly 7000 on a regular basis. For the popular music festival held annually in London England, see "The Proms"..

In the early 1940s the band travelled to California for a six-week engagement at the Avalon Ballroom. This article relates to the formal social event known as the Prom (short for "promenade"), usually at the end of the last two school years in America. The band performed in many places across the country, particularly in the Chicago area. Carrie, a Stephen King novel, where 'Carrie' wreaks revenge on prom night. During the 1930s, Welk led a travelling big band, specializing in dance tunes and 'sweet' music. Anti-prom. His band was the station band for popular radio station WNAX in Yankton, South Dakota. Debutante Ball, Irish prom.

In the 1920s Welk lead a big band played engagments in eastern South Dakota area. Studniówka, or Polish prom. His "Champagne Music" has been considered the epitome of "square". His show was warm and family-oriented. His music was conservative, concentrating mostly on pop song standards, polkas, and novelty songs, delivered in a smooth, calming, good-humored easy listening style.

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

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