White as U Wanna Be #1


Lawrence Welk

12 comments:

Kreisler said...

Future UK candidates - Cliff Richard, Shakin Stevens, Roy Castle.

Pawn said...

awww i love him. I used to watch the Lawrence Welk show on maryland public television every week-end. As a kid it just didnt seem so corny.

Brent McKee said...

Say what you want about Lawrence Welk, he kept a big band together long after just about anyone else gave up trying. And for all of the accordions and polkas and novelty songs, his orchestra attracted some very solid players and a fine arranged and musical director in George Cates.

Tommy O'C said...

Well said, Brent. He also brought a lot of happiness to a great many people over many years.

He doesn't deserve the kind of patronizing editorial headline with which this site likes to tag certain individuals.

David said...

he always looked like Vincent Prices well-adjusted brother.

David said...

he always looked like Vincent Prices well-adjusted brother.

Keith said...

When I was a teenager back in the early 1970s, my stoner buddies would come over once a week to smoke bongs and watch the Welk show. It was screamingly hilarious under those conditions. Featuring the married couple A-Guy and A-Ralna (they split eventually), Champagne Lady Norma Zimmer (filmed through six sheets of greasy burlap), Irish tenor Joe Feeney (who died just recently), Ken Dealo With The World's Worst Combover, geriatric Larry Hooper, the dancers cheezy Cissy and light-in-the-loafers Bobby, generic C&W singer Clay Hart, extremely cheezy Aniconi, endearing shovelhead Myron Floren and that credit to his-a race and the tap-a-dancing profession, Arthur A-Duncan. Geez, what a cadre of chump change operators!!! But, I guess it was show business of a sort.

Tom Sutpen said...

Tommy O'C:

I think you're reading a negative intent into this series that isn't there. Granted it's going to feature public figures who were (and are) almost resolutely White (in the cultural, if not strictly in the racial sense), but that isn't necessarily pejorative. Welk, as it happens, made a few records in the 50s that I like quite a bit. I certainly would never condemn the man, even if he hadn't.

The only series here that constitutes any kind of a Rogues Gallery is 'So Loathsome I Could Cry'. The thrust of this series is far far different. Think of it as a flipside, of sorts, to 'Hierophants of Hip Hop'

swac said...

Every time I think of Lawrence Welk, I'm immediately reminded of Lenny Bruce's routine about him. And that's a good thing.

Stan Freberg too.

Supposedly he wasn't so good natured about the ribbing.

Sam said...

I'm Sam Johnson and I fully approve this. He was the whitest White guy EVER.

Vanwall said...

You guys on an accordionist jag? Like it tho - Welk had niche and stuck to it, altho I wasn't hot about his arrangements. Oughta be thinkin' about retiring to a Lawrence Welk Village someday....aw, just kiddin'.

rookgaroo said...

I remember watching this at my Grandmother's house when I was a kid, and I still watch it out of nostalgia. Whether you like the music or not, there was some amazing talent on that show. But when it came to stage presence, Lawrence Welk made Ed Sullivan look like Robin Williams.
One of my favorite moments was when Welk naively introduced Dick Dale and Gail Farrell singing a "modern spiritual" that turned out to be Brewer and Shipley's One Toke Over The Line. (Which would have been much appreciated by Keith and his stoner buddies.) There's a clip of it on YouTube.