Goodnight, sleep tight, and pleasant dreams to you
Here's a wish and a prayer that every dream comes true
And now 'til we meet again
Adios, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehn.....Good Night!
Oh sure, those words are on the tip of your tongue, but are more apt to be burned into your memory if you are from a certain vintage. When we were first courting, we were discussing our musical guilty pleasures. One artist we both agreed on as being very ingrained in our memories and someone we would watch on televsion at our grandparent's house on Saturday night, was Lawrence Welk. Although, when pressed in the beginning, Kate uttered to Spence, "I didn't think I wanted to mention him, I didn't know you that well."
Now, on Sunday evenings on KEET-TV, The Lawrence Welk Show continues to spur great memories for us. And, you probably aren't surprised we can sing the theme song by heart and in harmony.
Here are our favorite members of the Lawrence Welk family.
From my grandmother, I learned many of the Lawrence Welk Band members by name.
Although, she could tell you their hometowns, too. I have many favorites. Bass singer and piano player, Larry Hooper, accordionist Myron Floren, clarinetist Henry Questa, and tap dancer Arthur Duncan seem to top the list. I shudder, though, when I'm subjected to Irish tenor, Joe Finney and soprano Norma Zimmer. Oh yeah, I can't forget guitarists Buddy Merrill and Neil LeVang.
I often watched The Lawrence Welk show at my great Aunt Bertie's house eating Jiffy Pop and drinking Tang. She loved the Lennon Sisters so of course I did too. I really liked watching Joanne Castle, she always seemed so friendly and bouncy (I learned later that may have been due to drugs and alcohol). And I loved the Christmas special when everyone brought their families and the kids misbehaved...it was rivaled only by the Andy Williams Christmas Special. My mother often found fault with the "newcomers" teeth...but any stray snaggle tooth was always fixed by the next season.