LAWRENCE WELK - MAGAZINE PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED - HFSID 223623
Sale Price $108.00
LAWRENCE WELK. Magazine Photograph signed: "Musically/Lawrence Welk". Color, 5¼x9½. After accordian player/bandleader Lawrence Welk (1903-1992) debuted with his band as a summer replacement on ABC in 1955, the weekly program became one of the network's most popular variety shows and Welk's "ah-one and ah-two" and "wunnerful, wunnerful" became catchwords. Over the program's long run, which ended in 1971, Welk showcased a number of popular performers, including accordionist/assistant conductor Myron Floren, Irish tenor Joe Feeney, the singing Lennon Sisters, former Mouseketeer/dancer Bobby Burgess, ragtime pianist Jo Ann Castle, tap dancer Arthur Duncan and Welk's "Champagne Lady" (Norma Zimmer being one of the most popular). Between 1956 and 1963, Welk recorded ten Top 10 albums and had a No. 1 hit with "Calcutta" in 1961. After the show was cancelled by ABC, it became equally successful in syndication (1971-1982). Beginning in 1987, five years after Welk retired, reruns of his "champagne music" became a popular staple of public television, and after Welk's death, his band continued to perform at the Champagne Music Theater in Branson, Missouri. Fine condition.
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