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The Lawrence Welk Show 

The Dodge Dancing Party (original title)
One of the most successful and fondly-remembered shows in TV history, "The Lawrence Welk Show" featured musical numbers and skits, with host Welk leading the band.
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Airs Sat. Oct. 29, 5:00 PM on PBS





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Series cast summary:
 Himself - Host / ... (127 episodes, 1955-1982)
 Himself (79 episodes, 1955-1982)


Renowned bandleader Lawrence Welk began his own variety series in 1955... and it has never stopped running. Each program was straightforward musical numbers from Welk's band (many of which had featured solos at one point or another), as well as vocal selections and dance numbers from the show's cast. Most of the introductions to the performances, read stiffy by Welk, were kept short. Many of the shows revolved around a certain theme (e.g., "The Music Man" or the Fourth of July), with appropriate songs and dance numbers. The most famous of the featured singers were the Lennon Sisters (Dianne, Janet, Kathy and Peggy), who were featured most every week for 13 years. At the end of each show, Welk would invite women from the audience on stage to dance with him as the theme, "Bubbles in the Wine" (and later, "Champagne Fanfare") played. The show enjoyed a 16-year network run on ABC, and later a succesful 11-year syndicated run. Just months after the original series ended, older shows (from ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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New Season! A Sixteenth Note for His Sixteenth Year! The Maestro Returns With Your Favorite Champagne Music Makers (season 16)


Family | Music






Release Date:

2 July 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lawrence Welk Presents Top Tunes and New Talent  »

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Sound Mix:


(1955-1965)| (1965-1982)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dick Dale, along with Barney Liddell and Myron Floren, were the only entertainers to appear on every single episode of the Welk Show. See more »


Lawrence Welk - Host: Wunnerful, Wunnerful.
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Referenced in Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) See more »


Bubbles in the Wine
by Frank Loesser, Bob Calame and Lawrence Welk
Paramount Music Corporation (ASCAP)
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Welk is the hippest of Fellahs
30 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a mere 16 year old, however my best friend and I love this show. Almost in a freakish sense. There's something timeless about the show that makes it a pleasure to watch, week after week. If you don't watch it... well you should... it's entertaining, enjoyable, and the retro- ness of it all is truly magical. Many of my Saturday nights are spent watching this show with friends on our local public television station. The music is always cool, and the variety of music that is featured makes it a very different show each week. Lawrence Welk is very gifted in his role of band-leader. I am quite happy that PBS is still showing it, and you should check it out. You will always find something you know on the show, and if not, you will grow fond of what you do hear.

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