History Music / LawrenceWelk

10th May '16 9:24:12 PM MrBadAxe
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3rd Aug '15 8:12:20 PM Jeduthun
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Tastes in popular music changed, but Welk's show and his didn't; corny and quaint even by the standards of TheFifties, Welk kept his eponymous show on the straight and very narrow through the Sixties and Seventies and well into the Eighties, long past the time of rock and rebellion. His interpretation of "old-fashioned modesty" could sometimes seem outlandish even to a conservative of the time; when the Lennon sisters began having families of their own, he devised bizarre stage sets to hide their lower bodies (behind fences, prams, kitchen counters, etc.) to prevent the audience from seeing that these devout Catholic ''married women'' were pregnant. The only black people to appear on the show were tap dancers, a fact decried by both blacks and whites at the time. (Gregory Hines later pointed out, though, that the Welk show was the only place on television where tap was shown ''at all''.)

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Tastes in popular music changed, but Welk's show and his didn't; [[NarmCharm corny and quaint quaint]] even by the standards of TheFifties, Welk kept his eponymous show on the straight and very narrow through the Sixties and Seventies and well into the Eighties, long past the time of rock and rebellion. His interpretation of "old-fashioned modesty" could sometimes seem outlandish even to a conservative of the time; when the Lennon sisters began having families of their own, he devised bizarre stage sets to hide their lower bodies (behind fences, prams, kitchen counters, etc.) to prevent the audience from seeing that these devout Catholic ''married women'' were pregnant. The only black people to appear on the show were tap dancers, a fact decried by both blacks and whites at the time. (Gregory Hines later pointed out, though, that the Welk show was the only place on television where tap was shown ''at all''.)
19th Apr '15 9:06:22 PM nombretomado
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It was a popular belief in the 1970s that Welk was a "phony" -- that his entire persona, including his difficulties with English and his apparent social conservatism, was a calculated ruse. Much of this belief arose from Welk's wavering accent, which seemed to be stronger on the show than in interviews, and his varying answers about his family's heritage. In reality Welk started out with a very strong accent and a poor grasp of English idiom, as his parents didn't speak English and his record at school (the only place he had heard English as a child) was spotty to poor. Stan Freberg's satire stung him into hiring an English tutor, but he soon found that his audience didn't want him to speak well; they preferred his old accent, so he "forgot" his lessons while on the air. As for his ancestry, it was difficult [[ColdWar at the time]] for any performer to admit that his parents had immigrated from Russia, even if they were (like Welk's) ''Volgadeutsch'' who had left decades before the Revolution. Like many other actors and musicians, he prevaricated and said instead that his ancestors came from Alsace, which (if one went back far enough) was strictly true.

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It was a popular belief in the 1970s that Welk was a "phony" -- that his entire persona, including his difficulties with English and his apparent social conservatism, was a calculated ruse. Much of this belief arose from Welk's wavering accent, which seemed to be stronger on the show than in interviews, and his varying answers about his family's heritage. In reality Welk started out with a very strong accent and a poor grasp of English idiom, as his parents didn't speak English and his record at school (the only place he had heard English as a child) was spotty to poor. Stan Freberg's satire stung him into hiring an English tutor, but he soon found that his audience didn't want him to speak well; they preferred his old accent, so he "forgot" his lessons while on the air. As for his ancestry, it was difficult [[ColdWar [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar at the time]] for any performer to admit that his parents had immigrated from Russia, even if they were (like Welk's) ''Volgadeutsch'' who had left decades before the Revolution. Like many other actors and musicians, he prevaricated and said instead that his ancestors came from Alsace, which (if one went back far enough) was strictly true.
27th Sep '14 11:57:57 AM Mdumas43073
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It was a popular belief in the 1970s that Welk was a "phony" - that his entire persona, including his difficulties with English and his apparent social conservatism, was a calculated ruse. Much of this belief arose from Welk's wavering accent, which seemed to be stronger on the show than in interviews, and his varying answers about his family's heritage. In reality Welk started out with a very strong accent and a poor grasp of English idiom, as his parents didn't speak English and his record at school (the only place he had heard English as a child) was spotty to poor. Stan Freberg's satire stung him into hiring an English tutor, but he soon found that his audience didn't want him to speak well; they preferred his old accent, so he "forgot" his lessons while on the air. As for his ancestry, it was difficult [[ColdWar at the time]] for any performer to admit that his parents had immigrated from Russia, even if they were (like Welk's) ''Volgadeutsch'' who had left decades before the Revolution. Like many other actors and musicians, he prevaricated and said instead that his ancestors came from Alsace, which (if one went back far enough) was strictly true.

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It was a popular belief in the 1970s that Welk was a "phony" - -- that his entire persona, including his difficulties with English and his apparent social conservatism, was a calculated ruse. Much of this belief arose from Welk's wavering accent, which seemed to be stronger on the show than in interviews, and his varying answers about his family's heritage. In reality Welk started out with a very strong accent and a poor grasp of English idiom, as his parents didn't speak English and his record at school (the only place he had heard English as a child) was spotty to poor. Stan Freberg's satire stung him into hiring an English tutor, but he soon found that his audience didn't want him to speak well; they preferred his old accent, so he "forgot" his lessons while on the air. As for his ancestry, it was difficult [[ColdWar at the time]] for any performer to admit that his parents had immigrated from Russia, even if they were (like Welk's) ''Volgadeutsch'' who had left decades before the Revolution. Like many other actors and musicians, he prevaricated and said instead that his ancestors came from Alsace, which (if one went back far enough) was strictly true.
27th Sep '14 11:56:29 AM Mdumas43073
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Right from the beginning he found himself the target of satirists such as Creator/StanFreberg, whose ferocious sendup of the bandleader hurt him. (Freberg parodied Welk's poor English using the phrase "wunnerful, wunnerful", which Welk [[BeamMeUpScotty denied he'd ever said]]. Years later, though, he used it as the title of his autobiography.) He was later parodied in ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' magazine and on ''SaturdayNightLive'' and {{SCTV}}.

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Right from the beginning he found himself the target of satirists such as Creator/StanFreberg, whose ferocious sendup of the bandleader hurt him. (Freberg parodied Welk's poor English using the phrase "wunnerful, wunnerful", which Welk [[BeamMeUpScotty denied he'd ever said]]. Years later, though, he used it as the title of his autobiography.) He was later parodied in ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' magazine and on ''SaturdayNightLive'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and {{SCTV}}.
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27th Sep '14 11:55:46 AM Mdumas43073
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Right from the beginning he found himself the target of satirists such as Creator/StanFreberg, whose ferocious sendup of the bandleader hurt him. (Freberg parodied Welk's poor English using the phrase "wunnerful, wunnerful", which Welk [[BeamMeUpScotty denied he'd ever said]]. Years later, though, he used it as the title of his autobiography.) He was later satirized in [=MAD Magazine=] and on ''SaturdayNightLive'' and {{SCTV}}.

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Right from the beginning he found himself the target of satirists such as Creator/StanFreberg, whose ferocious sendup of the bandleader hurt him. (Freberg parodied Welk's poor English using the phrase "wunnerful, wunnerful", which Welk [[BeamMeUpScotty denied he'd ever said]]. Years later, though, he used it as the title of his autobiography.) He was later satirized parodied in [=MAD Magazine=] ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' magazine and on ''SaturdayNightLive'' and {{SCTV}}.
27th Sep '14 11:53:46 AM Mdumas43073
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Right from the beginning he found himself the target of satirists such as Stan Freberg, whose ferocious sendup of the bandleader hurt him. (Freberg parodied Welk's poor English using the phrase "wunnerful, wunnerful", which Welk [[BeamMeUpScotty denied he'd ever said]]. Years later, though, he used it as the title of his autobiography.) He was later satirized in [=MAD Magazine=] and on ''SaturdayNightLive'' and {{SCTV}}.

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Right from the beginning he found himself the target of satirists such as Stan Freberg, Creator/StanFreberg, whose ferocious sendup of the bandleader hurt him. (Freberg parodied Welk's poor English using the phrase "wunnerful, wunnerful", which Welk [[BeamMeUpScotty denied he'd ever said]]. Years later, though, he used it as the title of his autobiography.) He was later satirized in [=MAD Magazine=] and on ''SaturdayNightLive'' and {{SCTV}}.
29th Oct '12 2:22:28 AM frozen
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Right from the beginning he found himself the target of satirists such as Stan Freberg, whose ferocious sendup of the bandleader hurt him. (Freberg parodied Welk's poor English using the phrase "wunnerful, wunnerful", which Welk [[BeamMeUpScotty denied he'd ever said]]. Years later, though, he used it as the title of his autobiography.) He was later satirized in {=MAD Magazine=} and on ''SaturdayNightLive'' and {{SCTV}}.

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Right from the beginning he found himself the target of satirists such as Stan Freberg, whose ferocious sendup of the bandleader hurt him. (Freberg parodied Welk's poor English using the phrase "wunnerful, wunnerful", which Welk [[BeamMeUpScotty denied he'd ever said]]. Years later, though, he used it as the title of his autobiography.) He was later satirized in {=MAD Magazine=} [=MAD Magazine=] and on ''SaturdayNightLive'' and {{SCTV}}.
29th Oct '12 2:22:09 AM frozen
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Right from the beginning he found himself the target of satirists such as Stan Freberg, whose ferocious sendup of the bandleader hurt him. (Freberg parodied Welk's poor English using the phrase "wunnerful, wunnerful", which Welk [[BeamMeUpScotty denied he'd ever said]]. Years later, though, he used it as the title of his autobiography.)

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Right from the beginning he found himself the target of satirists such as Stan Freberg, whose ferocious sendup of the bandleader hurt him. (Freberg parodied Welk's poor English using the phrase "wunnerful, wunnerful", which Welk [[BeamMeUpScotty denied he'd ever said]]. Years later, though, he used it as the title of his autobiography.)
) He was later satirized in {=MAD Magazine=} and on ''SaturdayNightLive'' and {{SCTV}}.
29th Oct '12 2:18:55 AM frozen
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Lawrence Welk (1903-1992) was a popular bandleader best known for ''The Lawrence Welk Show'', a variety and music program broadcast on American television for thirty-one years.

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Lawrence Welk (1903-1992) was a popular bandleader BigBand orchestra leader best known for ''The Lawrence Welk Show'', a variety and music program broadcast on American television for thirty-one years.
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