LAWRENCE WELK - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/30/1971 - HFSID 80858
LAWRENCE WELK. TLS: "Lawrence Welk", 1p, 7¼x10½. No place, 1971 December 30. On stationery headed "The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk" to Mrs. Jordan. In full: "Many thanks for your interest in our television show.
Sale Price $187.00
LAWRENCE WELK. TLS: "Lawrence Welk", 1p, 7¼x10½. No place, 1971 December 30. On stationery headed "The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk" to Mrs. Jordan. In full: "Many thanks for your interest in our television show. In reply to your inquiry, I'm sorry to report that Larry Hooper has been ill for the past couple of years and has undergone extensive major surgery. He has improved considerably over the months, however, he is anticipating some additional surgery and is not yet able to think of returning to work. We hope it will be possible for him to rejoin our Musical Family in time. Best wishes from all the Champagne Music Makers". 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. Versatile musician and vocalist LARRY HOOPER (1917-1983) joined the Welk band in 1948 when they were doing one-nighters in New York. Plagued with health problems for years, he left The Lawrence Welk Show on sick leave with a heart condition. It took him four years to recuperate. He performed on the show from 1955-1967 and 1971-1982. Lightly stained. Overall, fine condition.
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