The series aired locally in Los Angeles for four years, from tothen nationally for another 16 years on ABC from tofollowed by 11 years in first-run syndication from to These airings incorporate an original program—usually, a color broadcast from to —in its entirety. For 23 of its 27 years on the air, the show would originate there.
The season was taped at the Camberwell Carrots - Jehst - The Dragon Of An Ordinary Family (Promo) Palace because that was ABC's only West Coast TV studio at the time equipped for live or taped color production ; Welk had insisted that the show go color in because he believed that being broadcast in color was Chlorine Dream - Various - Indie Top 20 Volume 12 to the continued success of his program.
Once a couple of studios at the ABC Prospect and Talmadge facilities had been converted to color inthe show moved back Asi! Asi! - Lawrence Welk - A Musical Trip To Latin America With Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Mus. The show also left the Prospect and Talmadge studios between andreturning to the Hollywood Palace for one season, then moving to CBS's Television City studios in and staying for two seasons, before coming back to the Prospect and Talmadge studios in and remaining there for the rest of its run.
The show aired on ABC until When the show was cancelled by the head of programming there, Welk formed his own production company and continued airing the show, on local stations and, often from 7 to 8 P. Eastern Time on Saturdays over some of the ABC affiliates on which he had previously appeared, along with some stations affiliated with other networks.
The syndicated version of the program aired from to From toLawrence Welk was broadcast two nights per week. The Plymouth show was the first American television program to air in stereophonic sound. Due to the fact that stereophonic television had not yet been invented it would be 25 more years before it would become standardABC instead simulcast the show on its radio networkwith the TV side airing one audio channel and the radio side airing the other; viewers would tune in both the TV and the radio to What About The Children - Various - More Reggae For Kids the stereophonic effect.
The name stuck, and it became the most popular variety show ever. The primary sponsor of The Lawrence Welk Show was Dodge automobile makerlater to be followed by Geritol a multivitaminSominex sleep aidAqua Velva aftershaveSerutan laxativeUniversal Appliances manufacturer of home appliancesPolident a denture cleanserOcean Spray fruit juice and Sinclair Oil automobile fuel served as associate sponsors for a short time.
While the show was highly rated and continued to attract more audiences, ABC canceled it in for two reasons. The first was that the network had to cut three-and-a-half hours a week of prime-time programming, owing to the institution of the Prime Time Access Rule in ; the other was the fact that Welk's viewership was mostly of people over forty-five, mostly because of the music he chose to play, but also because younger viewers, the core viewing target that networks coveted, were either out during the Saturday night slot, or were watching one of the other networks.
In response to ABC's move, Welk started his own production company and continued producing the show for syndication. Some independent stations put it in its old Saturday timeslot, and in many cases, it drew higher ratings than the network shows scheduled at that time.
In many markets, the syndicated Lawrence Welk aired before the start of network prime-time on Saturday nights 7 p. Welk's program was among a group of syndicated niche programs, others including Hee Haw and Soul Trainthat flourished during this era. The success of Lawrence Welk and Hee Haw in syndication, and the network decisions that led to their respective cancellations, were the inspiration for a novelty song called " The Lawrence Welk-Hee Haw Counter-Revolution Polka ", performed by Roy Clarkone of the co-stars of Hee Haw.
Welk retired in ; at the time of his retirement, he was 79 years old, making him at the time the oldest host of a regularly scheduled US entertainment television series a feat later surpassed by game show host Bob Barker in and later by actress and comedian Betty White in It was the last show in which Welk appeared with the "musical family".
The Oklahoma Educational Television Authority acquired the broadcast rights to the series in The film was a retrospective on Welk's life and career, featuring interviews with surviving members of Welk's "musical family", and scenes from the show.
After its airing, reformatted versions of the Welk show were released to public television stations. Welk's segments from Memories with Lawrence Welk were used until his death, after which select members of the "musical family" took over as hosts.
The show would often open by showing bubbles floating around and was accompanied by a sound effect of a bottle of champagne opening, including the opening theme originally "Bubbles in the Wine", composed by Welk and Frank Loesserlater replaced with a derivative theme and fanfare composed by George Cates.
He was most known for delivering these monologues in a distinctive German accent this despite being born and raised in North Dakotawhich was parodied in popular culture even by Welk himself: the two books he authored, Wunnerful, Wunnerful!
This was evident from his mispronunciations of script on cue cards. Also, from his autobiography Wunnerful, Wunnerful! If the number I Heard - Various - KC Treasures more of a dance tuneWelk would frequently dance with ladies from the audience, for which he Asi! Asi! - Lawrence Welk - A Musical Trip To Latin America With Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Mus somewhat known.
For certain songs mainly the instrumentals performed by the orchestrathe couples in attendance were also allowed to dance at the Ballroom. Many of the show's songs were performed as part of a skit ; while a handful of skits were common throughout the show's run, during a short period in mids about the same time The Semonski Sisters were featured performers on the showthe show consisted almost entirely of them.
Welk often demonstrated multiple times on-camera how the champagne bottle sound was created, by placing a finger in his mouth, releasing it to make the popping sound, and making a soft hissing sound to simulate the bubbles escaping the bottle. One such instance is part of the opening sequence of the public television reruns seen today. Welk frequently had performers sing and play standards from the big band era and the first half of the 20th century.
He had a particular admiration for those composers contemporary with him, such as Hoagy CarmichaelHenry ManciniJohnny MercerCole Porterand Harry Warren ; although the show's repertoire was in reality much broader, and would often include pop songs from the s, s, and s—Welk even devoted an entire show to the music of the s in —as well as country music, patriotic music, and religious music, especially if it was thought to appeal to older listeners and, as Welk stated in"as long as it's done in the champagne style".
Almost all of the music performed on the show was done in-house by the show's "Musical Family. A recording of the song has been edited over the updated credits on PBS reruns. Welk employed many musicians and singers, which were known in the press as his "Musical Family".
Most members of the Musical Family had specific, well-defined roles within the context of the Asi! Asi! - Lawrence Welk - A Musical Trip To Latin America With Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Mus, generally specializing in one type of performance for instance, the show had two pianists, but one would specialize in ragtime piano while the other would handle easy listening pieces; the show's numerous singers and dancers were similarly typecast.
One of the most prominent positions in the Musical Family was the "Champagne Lady", who always sang a down-tempo solo number toward the end of each show. These musicians were bound by an unofficial set of morals artistic and personal dictated by Welk, and if he believed the audience did not find them wholesome enough, they would be fired. According to popular belief, former "Champagne Lady" Alice Lon was fired in for crossing her legs on a desk, which was something Welk didn't like.
After he fired Lon, thousands of letters filled the ABC mailroom, demanding an apology, and that she be rehired. Welk tried to get Lon back but she refused. In later years however, it was revealed that along with the "cheesecake" incident, another one of the reasons for Lon's departure was money; she was supporting three young sons and wanted a raise. A further reason was a dispute over what kind of songs she would be singing, and since Welk insisted on playing what he felt his audiences wanted to hear, Riešutų Žydėjimas 99 - Vairas - Karaliai Be Karūnų: 2000-ųjų Kolekcija older "standards", she rebelled against such restrictions.
It should be noted, however, that both on TV and in live performances, Welk did not shy away from allowing more modern musical styles such as light rock and roll to be performed. After two years and a string of short-lived vocalists, Norma Zimmer was hired, starting in Zimmer stayed with Welk for the rest of the show's run.
Another example of being bound by Welk's set of morals was famed clarinetist Pete Fountainrenowned for his New Orleans-style jazz. He was a valued member of the Welk cast, who was rumored to have quit when Welk objected to his efforts to "jazz up" the Christmas standard " Silver Bells " on the Christmas show.
In an interview, Fountain admitted he left Welk because "Champagne Besame Mucho - The Beatles - Silver Beatles bourbon don't mix. Welk relied on fan letters to tell him who was popular and who was not. Often, performers who received a positive reaction were prominently featured on future shows, while those who did not meet muster with the audience saw their solo opportunities diminish and sometimes were eventually let go.
Lynn AndersonClay Hartand Ava Barber used the show as a springboard to launch their own successful careers as country music solo artists. At the height of the show's popularity, members of the Musical Family were featured in several celebrity tabloid magazines alongside other mainstream television and movie stars. Tap dancer Arthur Duncan became the second African-American to appear regularly on a sponsored television variety program, and the first sincewhen Short Skirt/Long Jacket - Various - MTV2 Handpicked was hired as a permanent music maker by Welk in The first was Teddy Wilsona Посвящение Корове - Андрей Макаревич - Песни Под Гитару band member on the short-lived Star Time throughout its —51 run.
The surviving episodes from the first 10 seasons on ABC, which began inexist today as black and white kinescopes or videotapeas the show was broadcast live for the first 10 years, right up through the — season. A few of these have been broadcast on public television. Nearly all episodes shown on PBS stations today are from around to the majority being from the syndicated runbut some older black and white segments can be found on YouTube and in recent months more black-and-white episodes have been added into the rotation.
Beginning with the — season, the episodes were recorded in color. It is assumed the color episodes exist intact. All of these singers and performers were part of the Musical Family, with Welk on the lead. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American weekly TV variety series. This article needs additional citations for verification. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page.
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