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Lawrence Welk's parents were from Alsace-Lorraine, a region of present day France that once was part of Germany. His family then immigrated to Russia in 1878, to escape religious persecution. In 1892, they moved to the United States, and settled in Strasburg, North Dakota. That’s the birthplace of Lawrence Welk.
Welk was born in the German-speaking community of Strasburg, North Dakota. He was sixth of the eight children of Ludwig and Christiana Welk
Lawrence Welk was born March 11, 1903 and passed away May 17, 1992. He was probably best known for his television show and his style came to be known to his large number of radio, television, and live-performance fans (and critics) as champagne music.
The Lawrence Welk show aired on television from 1955 to 1982. In 1996, Welk was ranked #43 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.
During the 1930s, Welk led a traveling big band that specialized in dance tunes and what some people called Sweet Music. Initially, the band traveled around the country by car. Since they were too poor to be ablt to afford to rent rooms, they usually slept and changed their clothes in the cars.
Lawrence Welk's orchestra also performed frequently at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City during the late 1940s. In 1944 and 1945, Lawrence Welk led his orchestra in many motion picture "Soundies," considered to be the early pioneers of music videos.
The Lawrence Welk Show started in 1951 as a local program on KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, California. The original show was broadcast from the since-demolished Aragon Ballroom at Venice Beach.
The Lawrence Welk show would often open by showing bubbles floating around and was accompanied by a sound effect of a bottle of champagne opening. Each week, Lawrence Welk would introduce the theme of the show, which usually inspired joyous singing and/or something of the patriotic fervor.
If you are a fan of Lawrence Welk and you can remembering watching his shows before they were re-runs, than you probably remember watching Red Skelton.
Next time you visit Pigeon Forge be sure to catch Brian Hoffman's Remembering Red - A Tribute to Red Skelton.
Use the Show Schedule link above to make your reservations to see the only family friendly comedy show paying tribute to America's Favorite Clown, Red Skelton.
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