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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 Mon. Oct. 24, 2:00 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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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: Ah-One and Ah-Two.
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Referenced in Sanford and Son: Blood Is Thicker Than Junk (1972) See more »


Bubbles in the Wine
by Frank Loesser, Bob Calame and Lawrence Welk
Paramount Music Corporation (ASCAP)
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Does history repeat itself?
9 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I was a 5 or 6 year-old child in the 1960's in South Dakota, I would watch The Lawrence Welk show with my parents on Saturday nights. Then when I was a teenager in the 1970's, I didn't think it was a "cool" show. When my daughter was a 5-6 year old child in the 1990's, we would dance together to The Lawrence Welk show. Now that she's a teenager in the 2000's, she thinks, as I did 30 years earlier, that it's not cool (although I think her term is "lame"). But I still enjoy watching it on PBS. It would be interesting to wonder whether my daughter will also start watching it again for nostalgia reasons when she's in her 30's and 40's and remember watching it with her Dad 30 or 40 years earlier (assuming it's still on PBS then).

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