There’s an old Robin Williams comedy routine in which the comedian does an impersonation of Lawrence Welk introducing modern music. Something about him saying “And now, the lovely Lennon Sisters are going to sing for you, ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,’ ah-one and uh-two…”
But in truth, Lawrence Welk’s TV show often played modern popular music, so long as it was performed by his variety of entertainers and singers and dancers.
Of course, that includes this little cover of the Brewer & Shipley hit “One Toke Over the Line.” Well now… I wonder if they understood what a “toke” was. Or maybe they thought it was “took” or “talk” or “toe” or something.
The Oak Ridge Boys may have plenty of soul… but it got sucked down the drain by this Lawrence Welk group’s interpretation of “Elvira.”
Oh we can’t pass up a performance by Guy and Ralna. Here they are with that polka-tastic track by those four guys from across the ocean, whoever they are…
Don’t get me wrong, there was some serious eye candy on the Lawrence Welk show. And if an episode didn’t have at least one performance by Anacani, I would be truly disappointed. Now I don’t know where all the Latin emotions went with this song, but … sorry, I’m a bit distracted…
Have I forgotten anybody? Oh yeah, Bobby Burgess and Cissy King, the dance pair that lightened up each episode with dance numbers and lotsa fun. Like, for example, this sedate dance routine set to a popular song from 1975. You might have heard of it. Performed by someone I think was called the Captain and Tennille.
And when the show really wanted to display its musicianship – hell, the Lawrence Welk band were top-notch musicians that, when asked to, could play any musical style – they had to stick Myron Floren and his accordion in the mix to dampen things. Example – their cover of the String-a-Long’s early 60’s classic “Wheels.”
I’m almost afraid to play this one. In an alternate universe, this would have been the big 1950’s hit, and … well … brace yourself.
Okay, okay… enough with the Lawrence Welk takes on popular music. We all know that Lawrence Welk made a name for himself with non-threatening, bubbly “champagne music” that hearkened back to a less threatening time.
But their interpretations of some of these classic songs from the rock and roll era… oy vey izmir, as my Grandma Betty would say.
And she LOVED Lawrence Welk. 😀