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Welk's long-running TV variety show was a huge success in its time, and remains an enduring favorite in reruns. And while Welk recorded prolifically, his true musical legacy was built through the doggedly innocuous, wholesome aesthetic of his show. He was an unlikely television star -- his thick German accent and on-camera stiffness would have been crippling liabilities for many other hosts.
Yet Welk was beloved in spite of -- or, perhaps, because of -- those limitations, mainly because he knew his audience and paid close attention to what it wanted.
In the process, he created a stable of familiar performers whose regular appearances were eagerly anticipated by his viewers.
Demanding and particular, Welk put them through rigorous rehearsals, and aggressively enforced the inoffensive, nonthreatening tone that made the show so palatable for viewers of all ages. For people who considered themselves remotely hip, that tone made Welk's name synonymous with sanitized entertainment, and an easy target for derision. He and his acts were often dismissed as hopelessly square, by turns fluffy or sentimental, and reflecting an idealized purity that didn't really exist anywhere.
He also drew criticism for the extreme scarcity of minority performers on the show, seemingly another symptom of its kowtowing to white-bread Middle America. Yet that essential conservatism helped give The Lawrence Welk Show an amazingly lasting appeal; after it lost its network slot, it spent more than a decade in syndication with greater success than ever, and found new life when its reruns became the chief source of revenue for many public television stations across the country.
His parents had fled the unrest in Alsace-Lorraine, the disputed border region between Germany and France, and settled on a small farm on the outskirts of town. One of eight children, Welk dropped out of school in the fourth grade to work on the farm, and spoke almost nothing but German up until his teen years.
He learned to play polka music on his father's accordion, and at age 13, he began performing professionally at local dances and social events. Four years later, he convinced his father to buy him his own accordion; in exchange, he promised to work on the farm until he was 21, and to give all his musical earnings to the family up to that point. Mitchell, Joni. Savoy, the home of sweet romance Savoy, it wins you at a glance Savoy, gives happy feet a chance to dance Your form, just like a clingin' vine Your lips, so warm and sweet as wine Your cheek, so soft and close to mine.
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Toggle navigation. Save on Every Order! Musicnotes Pro. Become a Member Today! Add to Cart. Transpose 0. No transpositions available. Quick Details. HPB pick - In stock online. Loading marketplace Track listings 1. Stompin' At The Savoy 2.Aug 11, · STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY (B. Goodman-C. Webb-E. Sampson-A. Razaf) LAWRENCE WELK AND HIS SPARKLING SEXTET Instrumental Fox Trot L MORITAT A Theme From "The Threepenny Opera) (Kurt Weill-Bert Brecht) LAWRENCE WELK AND HIS SPARKLING SEXTET Instrumental Fox Trot