Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: A Lawrence Welk true confession

*BECAUSE CHRISTMAS EVE FALLS ON A FRIDAY THIS WEEK’S OLDIE IS A DAY EARLY*

THE LAWRENCE WELK CHRISTMAS SHOW - 1980 - RARE DVD

When I was a kid there weren’t 3,652 TV channels to choose from. You had ABC, CBS, NBC, an independent station, and public TV. Thus your choices were limited.

On Saturday nights one selection at our house was clear where we watched as a family: The Lawrence Welk Show on ABC. Almost 30 years after Welk’s death his reputation remains solid. The champagne music maker was the king of corny.

Every December Welk’s Christmas show was a family affair. Spouses and children of the cast not only appeared, but performed.

True confession:  I’m a sucker for this on-air segment.

Maybe it’s because I’m German.

Or it’s the whole father daughter deal.

Or I’m much older. Or I’ve softened and I’m not so critical of Welk’s program as I was a long time ago.

Probably all of the above.

This is from a special program reliving some of those Christmas shows featuring to start, Myron Floren and daughter.

There’s a lot of video here. Personally, I recommend sticking it out until at least the 26:00 mark after JoAnn Castle ends her wonderful assault on the piano keys.

2 thoughts on “Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: A Lawrence Welk true confession

  1. Welk’s accordion teacher was from Milwaukee. The family of that teacher was at St Boniface parish (now the site of North Division HS) and the patriarch was the choir director there. HIS ‘choir teacher’ was Singenberger, and Singenberger learned Catholic choir principles at the same place B-16 and his brother learned them: Regensburg.

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