Question concerning "The Lawrence Welk Show"

Would a tune such as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” have had any place on The Lawrence Welk Show? It’s my understanding that Lawrence Welk couldn’t relate to Beatles songs.

They sang “One Toke Over The Line Sweet Jesús “, so why not?

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Did they really?

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Pete Seeger wrote this song, not the Beatles, and I don’t think they ever did a version of it. In any event. Beatles songs were reworked for the show as were numerous other rock and folk songs… A simple google search would tell you that.

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LOL Oh Yes They Did :rofl::rofl::rofl:

Look it up on You Tube

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“There you heard a modern spiritual by Gale anda Dale”

Too funny, clearly no clue.

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When I read this, I said to myself “they sang WHAT? — no way, surely they didn’t!”.

But I watched the video and, oh, yes, they did.

If this were today, one might suspect a deepfake video, to whose benefit I couldn’t imagine.

Several Beatles songs, if tweaked just a little bit, could have worked quite nicely on TLWS. But not “Revolution” or “Helter Skelter”. Definitely not.

At this point I’m reminded of Pat Boone’s novelty re-imagined metal album:

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This is hilarious! :rofl:

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My late mother loved The Lawrence Welk Show. Saturday night 7 p.m. on Ch. 48 when we were little and then at the same time on Ch. 12 (WHYY) here in southeastern PA (up until last year).

Oh so bad. :joy:

My grandparents were big fans of The Lawrence Welk show, I’m a-pretty sure. I wonder if they even knew who the Beatles were? If so, probably not their cup of musical tea (I remember my grandfather telling me his favorite song was ‘Hello, Dolly’ - probably the Louis Armstrong version, or at least I like to think so).

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Did you know Lawrence Welk was a Catholic and, in fact, a daily communicant? My parents also loved the show. I liked his accent.

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Yes indeed.

Once in fact one of his singers sang “Yesterday” by the Beatles. Welk seemed almost apologetic. He said something like, “Now, this happens to be a Beatles song, but . . .”

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I liked the theme song and the bubbles on the Lawrence Welk show.

Also, as a child I thought the Lennon Sisters were called “The Lemon Sisters”. When I finally figured out their name was Lennon not Lemon, I then thought for many years they were related to John Lennon.

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The reminds me of one of the singers in Labelle Nona Hendryx who used to claim she was related to Jimi Hendrix distantly for PR. She later admitted she wasn’t and just said it in interviews to get attention.

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It was frequently on at me grandparents’ house, despite my grandfather always scoffing that the performers were “second-raters.”

Wunnerful! Wunnerful! Bobby and Cissy and Guy and Ralna!

And don’t forget Myron Floren on the accordion. He was a Nebraska native so he was something of a local celebrity.

The local PBS station still airs Lawrence Welk reruns on Saturday evening. A friend of mine told me it’s one of their most popular shows.

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I am not embarrassed to admit that I watch it on Saturday nights still. Since we’re all “roughing it” in only one room that has TV I watched it last night ad sons both laughed, rolled their eyes and made comments.

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It was definitely NOT a fixture in my home when I was a child, nor in my grandparents’ home, who I doubt even knew who Lawrence Welk was. I have watched the show on occasion, and find the Black tap dancer and little Spanish senorita so comical as well as stereotypical.

Compared to Lawrence Welk, I think Ed Sullivan was a liberal.

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It was on every Saturday night at my grandmothers home as well. I was itty bitty but I recall we were all allowed to get a bowl of vanilla ice cream butterscotch topping and crushed walnuts, and we could bring it into the living room to watch Lawrence Welk with her. I don’t recall the man’s name but there was a tall guy with a strong jawline, blonde hair and liked to wear a powder blue suit - he had a smooth, deep voice (one of the regular singers) he reminds me of a male ‘Ken’ barbie doll - she would swoon and say in a dreamy voice “Oh my, he’s so very nice looking!” LOL.

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