From: Hanford, CA, US
Lawrence Welk was a big band leader who, despite the fact big band music went out of favor in the 1940s, had a television program that was on every Saturday night and which aired well into the 1970s. For those of us who had parents or grandparents who loved big band music, the Lawrence Welk Show was a must see. For those of us cutting our teeth on the Beatles, it was the absolute longest hour of the week -- even longer than the hour in church. Every moment was an eternity.
Lawrence Welk had a big band, but I'm not sure his music would qualify as big band music. It was very tame stuff.
After some beauty or some beau would sing some really lame song, the audience, which always consisted of a bunch of white-haired folks who looked like they could topple over at any moment, would applaud politely, and Lawrence Welk would comment, "Wunnerfull, wunnerfull, wunnderfull!" Even Lawrence Welk looked like he was about to fall asleep as he mumbled these words of approval.
LOL. Boy, do I remember him. I had a great aunt from Wisconsin who came to visit my family in California. I was about 10 and she was about 180. She loved Lawrence Welk and wanted all of us to watch it with her. Talk about child abuse!