Today is the 112th birthday of Lawrence Welk. I remember him from my childhood and every once in a while, I come across his show and watch for a moment. One interesting fact that I learned while researching this is that he was awarded several US Patents including an accordion-themed ash tray. The world is a better place because he was in it and still feels the loss that he left.
BEST KNOWN FOR: Bandleader and TV performer Lawrence Welk’s TV program featured band music with vocalists, dancers, and instrumental soloists, and was a huge success.
Lawrence Welk was born March 11, 1903 in Strasburg, North Dakota. He played the accordion and formed two musical groups that opened for bands and orchestras in the Midwest. His TV show, The Lawrence Welk Show, which featured band music with vocalists, dancers, and instrumental soloists, became a huge success. The show was dropped by the network, but he continued it as Memories with Lawrence Welk.