The Lawrence Welk Show made its national TV debut 59 years ago today, on July 2, 1955. It aired on ABC until 1971, and then in first-run syndication from 1971 to 1982.
In honor of this anniversary, here is one of my favorite Lawrence Welk Show clips. The chandeliers, the big “GERITOL” sign, the harpsichord, the square old people dancing, and the Stepford-like singers popping their heads into the frame, all combine to give this performance of “Georgy Girl” a surreal quality. “A one, an’ a two…”
And this is purportedly a clip from the very first show:
If you’re like me, I’m sure you find this “wunnerful”!