The Lawrence Welk Show

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Cearbhaill, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. wendiness1

    wendiness1 WiiMomma

    Jul 29, 2005
    Unless I'm mistaken, I believe I heard somewhere that the singers were required to also work in his restaurant and no divas were allowed. As I recall, all of them had to be willing to scrub toilets from time to time, just to keep 'em humble.
  2. sieglinde

    sieglinde Active Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    Sebastopol, CA
    I watched it as a kid but did not really like it.
  3. donnoh

    donnoh Member

    Mar 7, 2008
    I was forced to watch it when my parents tuned in. I really liked the Ed Sullivan Show though.... We have a really good shoe tonight. I'm probably one of the few that remembers watching the Beatles live on his show.

    I remember my mother complaining about how long their hair was. Not nearly as long as mine became later in the 60's though.

    Sorry for the thread hijack.
  4. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

    Jan 29, 2001
    There's a DVD set of all the "Ed Sullivan Show" episodes on which the Beatles appeared -- with the episodes presented in their complete original form (apparently including commercials), so you can be reminded of all the other boring acts you had to sit through before the Beatles showed up. :D

    I gave that set to my father a couple years ago -- he's also of a certain age, and he really enjoyed it.
  5. DeDondeEs

    DeDondeEs Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Feb 20, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    My grandparents watch this show religiously. They are snowbirds down in southern Texas, and I guess all of those old acts from the show tour around these hot retirement areas and so my grandparents go see that too. My grandfather will point out the performers that he recently saw live and say something like "Even though she's 60, she still looks pretty good!"

    Those fake plastic smiles always freak me out. You'll have some guy jamming on a guitar, with a big grin.
  6. tgrim1

    tgrim1 New Member

    Sep 11, 2006
    Thats how I remember it. Back in the day it was 3 channels of crap. Although we didnt realize it was crap. And didnt care, we played outside.
  7. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001
    Are you serious? :confused:

    That night was the most watched show in TV history at that time. 73 million people tuned in. I wasn't old enough to watch (18 months old), but I've talked to countless people who remember watching it live.

    You're one of a few million, maybe.
  8. Regina

    Regina I've got Jewbs!

    Mar 29, 2003
    Hee Haw! :D Now that is a show I remember!

    Grandpa, Lulu, Junior Samples, the Hagger twins (we shared a birthday), the "Hee Haw Honies," - the corny jokes (literally), the great musical guests...we watched that show every Saturday night...:eek:

    ..also sorry for the thread hijack...;)
  9. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    Mostly a "was." It's a rapidly dying genre of music. It's still a bit of a tradition, and I doubt you'd ever see a day when they don't do the Beer Barrel Polka at Miller Park during the 7th inning stretch, but I can't think of anyone under the age of 70 that seriously listens to it anymore.
  10. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    True story: my wife and I were married in W.Va., in her home town. At the end of the reception the band started playing a polka because apparently in W.Va. if you want to clear the dance floor and signal everyone that it's time to be heading out you play polkas. Probably this works most places, actually.

    Unfortunately for the band, much of my family is from Wisconsin and Michigan... and they all said "Polka!!" and ran back on to dance more, very excited.
  11. YCantAngieRead

    YCantAngieRead Not Entirely Current

    Nov 5, 2003
    Until I was 12, we had two channels. We were so behind the times, we played Bonanza on the playground. It was the early 80's. :D
  12. Cearbhaill

    Cearbhaill Garden obsessed

    Aug 1, 2004
    My back yard
    I still play Bonanza everyday.

    My decorating style is Ponderosa rustic, and I have the map on a wall with some photos of the Cartwright family that I actually introduce to visitors as friends on mine that live on a ranch in Nevada.
  13. Kamakzie

    Kamakzie Are you serious bro?

    Jan 7, 2004
    My Grandma watched this religiously every Saturday until her death back in March.
  14. mrdbdigital

    mrdbdigital The TBS Archives TCF Club

    Feb 2, 2004
    Moultrie, GA
    I worked at a television station in Columbus, GA (WRBL-TV) which was located across the street from a 10 story "retirement" home. Each unit had a balcony, and on Saturday evenings at 7PM when we ran Lawrence Welk (during the summer months), you could walk outside and hear the audio coming from about 100 television sets, through the open balcony doors. :)
  15. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

    Jan 29, 2001
    Hey, Weird Al is keeping polka alive with the medleys on each of his albums.

    (Of course, some might argue that doesn't count as seriously listening to it.)
  16. sieglinde

    sieglinde Active Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    Sebastopol, CA
    When I was younger I wondered if AARP would continue to advertise music like this. When I got my first issue of their magazine, I think it had a rock star on it. :) I can see it now, 20 years from now, all the TVs are on Headbangers Ball.
  17. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

    Jan 17, 2002
    There's a reason why the PBS stations trot out the Do-Wop. Peter Paul and Mary and other old folk stars every begging season. Unfortunately, they're getting to my era.

    I can barely wait until we see The Eagles and Journey, Alice Cooper and Twisted Sister on those.
  18. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    The last pledge break here in town, they had "The Australian Pink Floyd," a Pink Floyd tribute band. Close enough for you?
  19. ThePennyDropped

    ThePennyDropped Now I get it.

    Jul 5, 2006
    Northeast US
    In the early 1980s, my widowed great-grandmother would sometimes stay with us while my grandparents were out of town. To be polite, and to have something to do together, I would sometimes sit with my great-grandmother when she watched Lawrence Welk. It must have seeped into my subconscious, because 15 years later when I was bored with the songs I was singing to my young kids at bedtime, Lawrence Welk's "Goodnight" song popped into my head, and I started using it as a lullaby/goodnight song. And thus another generation is corrupted by the Welk cheesiness. :)
  20. sieglinde

    sieglinde Active Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    Sebastopol, CA
    I hate Auld Lang Syn with a purple passion. :)

    Led Zepplin, "Bangin' with the Oldies"

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