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Who has died from Lawrence Welk show?

Norma Zimmer, the “Champagne Lady” of TV’s “The Lawrence Welk Show” and a studio singer who worked with Frank Sinatra and other pop stars, has died. She was 87. Ms. Zimmer died Tuesday at her home in Brea (Orange County), Welk’s son, Larry, said Wednesday. Is Tom Netherton still alive?

What happened to Tom Netherton from Lawrence Welk?

Where there any Gay Lawrence Welk cast members?


I heard a rumor once about Arthur Duncan.

Just not Myron Floren, please.

Bobby of Bobby and Sissy? Sissy.

Tom Netherton. Bobby is straight but bubbly. Jo Ann Castle, a real horn dog!

Bobby married and had children and they are still together. He does not identify as gay.

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Myron is straight and a real skirt chaser...into chicken

I think Tom Netherton is straight. He tried to pick me up years ago at Harrah's Lake Tahoe.

Tom Netherton was (is?) So Very Gay that Lawrence Welk himself could not refrain from making a bitchy observation that Tom was "a big hit, and NOT JUST WIT' THE LADIES." I actually saw this on PBS and the BF and I laughed our asses off. What an evil old cunt Welk was.

Tank you, tank you. Now the lovely Bobby and Cissy. To av-Oyd any Con-fus-ion, Cissy is the one wearin' the dress.

I've heard that Lawrence played out his "master-servant" fantasy by fucking Arthur Duncan after every show.

Who is Lawrence Welk? Was this some 80's show that most of us were to young to remember?

[quote]Was this some 80's show that most of us were to young to remember?

Oh, dear.

Was Tom the bleached blond guy? If so, he's the guy who had the affair with Kathie Lee's first husband (the christian record producer).

R7= biggest liar in America!

I used to see Norma Zimmer at Crazy Nanny's.

Norma Zimmer loved the man-sex. She used to visit gay baths in NYC and cheer on the men, especially those who were engaged in group sex. Actually, she was the only woman who I ever saw at the baths.

If we asked, she would always sing. She always said that she thought Bette Midler was a vulgar slut who only would do anything for money. Norma, unlike Bette, was a true friend of the gays.

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Believe me, I often heard Norma crooning as I was being penetrated, even double-penetrated, by many hot guys.

Birmingham was a city so starved for Culture in the '80s that there was great hubbub and gossip when Norma broke a bone after being thrown from a horse on the ranch of some rich friends of hers south of town.

Tom Netherton was very handsome in a wholesome kind of way, but his singing defined bland.

I have a copy of his autobiography which I think was written about 30 years ago, and he says that he loves women but that he hadn't found the right girl yet.

I guess we can all do the math.

I knew as a kid that Tom Netherton was a big old 'mo. That perfect laquered hair. The way he moved his mouth when he sang those cheesy songs. He was a total cheeseball PARODY of himself and the clown didn't even know it. He was an SNL skit character. He was just SO in love with the sound of his own treacly voice. He was a sitcom character. Handsome, yes. But THE ultimate example of a cheesy 70's/80's closet case. I have met a hundred of them throughout my life, usually doing musical theatre.

Tom has accepted Christ, so he can't possibly be gay.

Check this out at your peril.

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And what would have happened to that sissy Bobby if he had come out of the closet? Would he still have been on the show? Methinks not. Get him married to cover up.

Tom putting the nethie into Netherton.

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They experimented with hip in the late 60's.

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Experimented, yes; succeeded ... well ...

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Wowza, that's some website R20! So Tom Netherton lives near me in VA now? I feel like a DL road-trip might be in order. He doesn't have anything on his upcoming calendar, but we can hope.

Tom couldn't hide it but on the other hand, maybe no one told him? I know he belonged to some religious cult when he was young so I think he believed being gay was a sin.

As I said, he belonged to a religious cult. They all lived together like a family and they farmed and did whatever other shit they could do to make a living. Anyway...wish someone had told the guy he was gay. I hope that he has given into his urges and had a few boyfriend ot two.


WTH? Kathie Lee's first hubby had a fling with a man ??

I must have been living under a rock to have missed this.

Tell me more.

Myron's been playing the Accordion in the Sky since 2005 where he joined their band at 85.

I always wondered what Norma Zimmer had to do in order to hold the title of Champagne Lady.

Tom Netherton used to sweat so much on the show that I'm surprised he didn't get electrocuted by the microphone. He was also the only performer on the show that I ever saw go up on his lyrics (ironically, it was "Young at Heart" which begins, "Fairy tales can come true..." and then he froze and went, "buh-buh-buh-buh." He forgot more lyrics later in the song. Kathie Lee outed him in her autobiography when she wrote about her first husband, who was gay and "lived with a gay performer on the Lawrence Welk Show."

I don't know if there were any other gays on the show, but piano player Bob Ralston was married to the harshest looking Dutch lady you ever saw. He later went to prison for molesting one of his young male piano students, but he's out of prison now and apparently nobody on the show holds it against him, as he frequently appears on Welk reunion specials.

If you watch the PBS rebroadcasts and reunion shows, it's a little sad to see these performers today. They were famous for the brief time they appeared on the show and now have to base their entire careers on their status as a "former Welk star" as they appear on cruise ships, small nightclubs, etc. And they are all trying to find ways to make more money. Ken Delo sells hypnosis tapes and a self-published novel; the Lennons sell dolls; Ava Barber opened a sandwich shop, etc., etc.

More of Tom and a few others.

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OMG, that link. I am crying with laughter as I type! Tom Netherton is gayer than a tree full of parrots on Liberace's lanai.

And I am going to adopt the name "Inese's mother, Tusnelda" as my DL monicker from now on. With names like that, those two just HAVE to be Mormons from Utah.

R31, that's some good dirt on Bob Ralston—[italic]ewww[/italic]!

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Boy, Tusnelda's got it bad!

Joe Feeney. But I can't talk about it.

Guy of Guy and Ralna got remarried—that sinner! Believe it or not, I think he and Ralna still perform together on occasion. Their divorce was something of a scandal, as they were Sonny and Cher for squares.

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I just discovered Ken Delo and had a little crush on him until I went to his website and saw him now. Father Time is a bastard.

Natalie Nevins did have a strange, piggy-looking nose. Didn't she have some kind of breakdown that forced her to quit the show?

Charlotte could really wrap her legs around that cello.

Welk fired Alice Lon, the original Champagne Lady, in 1959--on-air--for crossing her legs on a desk during a number. He accused her of "showing too much knee" and said he didn't tolerate "cheesecake" on his show. A massive fan campaign ensued to bring her back; Welk finally relented, but she said no.

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Where there any gay Lawrence Welk cast members?

How many of Lawrence Welk cast members have died?

list deceased members of lawrence welk show (Feb 17, 2022) After Elsie Hobson died in 2001, James met actress, singer and writer Ashley Aarons. The Lawrence Welk Show: Ava Barber, Lynn Anderson,

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Did you know The Lawrence Welk Show is celebrating over 50 years on national television? No other prime-time show can claim that distinction, and it's still in production!

The Lawrence Welk Show airs each week on 279 public television stations nationally, is seen by more than three million people each week and has more viewers than BET, MTV and VH-1 combined on Saturday nights. According to Nielsen Ratings, The Lawrence Welk Show is the highest-rated syndicated series airing on public television.

Lawrence Welk: Television’s Music Man was the first special produced for public television (1987) and it kicked-off the craze for Welk on public television. Due to its success, Bob Allen brought it to public television nationally on a weekly basis through OETA.

OETA went on to produce 12 Welk specials, including "A Champagne Toast to the Big Bands" (1991), "The Lennon Sisters: Easy to Remember" (1992), "From the Heart: A Tribute to Lawrence Welk and the American Dream" (1993), "The Lawrence Welk Holiday Special: Great Moments & Memories" (1994), "Lawrence Welk: Then & Now" (1995), "A Lawrence Welk Family Christmas" (1995), "From Lawrence Welk: To America with Love" (1997), "Lawrence Welk's Favorite Holidays" (1998), "Lawrence Welk's Songs of Faith" (1999), "Lawrence Welk Milestone & Memories" (2000), "Lawrence Welk: God Bless America" (2003) and "Lawrence Welk Precious Memories" (2005).

OETA produces the show for national distribution. The wraparounds (host segments featuring the Welk stars) are taped every other year and feature original members from The Lawrence Welk Show introducing that week’s featured show. The stars bring the viewer up-to-date on their lives, their careers, etc. during these wraparounds.

Lawrence Welk died May 17, 1992, but his legacy continues throughout the country.

View the full schedule with detailed episode descriptions and original air dates here.

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Are Lawrence Welk's children still alive? A Loving Family Fern is survived by three children, Shirley and Bob Fredricks, Donna Mack and Larry and Lynn Welk; 11 grandchildren, Laura and Jeff Segall, Dr. Is Lawrence Welk Jr still alive? Welk completely retired from all public appearances in 1992 at the age of 89. ...

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Richard L. Dale (September 14, 1926 – December 26, 2014) was an American singer and musician, best known as a featured singer and saxophone player on the television variety show The Lawrence Welk Show . A native of Algona, Iowa, he served in the United States Navy during World War II after graduation from Algona High School.

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‘The Lawrence Welk Show’ was mocked as television’s most wholesome program — but bandleader Lawrence Welk stayed busy covering up scandals behind the scenes! The once-popular show ran between 1955 to 1982, including 27 seasons on the ABC network, and still remains popular in reruns.

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What was Lawrence Welk famous for?

Lawrence Welk (March 11, 1903 – May 17, 1992) was an American musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario, who hosted the television program The Lawrence Welk Show from 1951 to 1982. His style came to be known to his large audience of radio, television, and live-performance fans (and critics) as "champagne music".

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Is the Lawrence Welk show still on TV?

‘The Lawrence Welk Show’ was mocked as television’s most wholesome program — but bandleader Lawrence Welk stayed busy covering up scandals behind the scenes! The once-popular show ran between 1955 to 1982, including 27 seasons on the ABC network, and still remains popular in reruns.

VERMILLION, S.D. — Ah one, and ah two, no more.

Bandleader Lawrence Welk, the North Dakotan with the accordionists and baton and hour-long television special, may finally be signing off after nearly a century on South Dakota's radio and television waves.

That's because South Dakota Public Broadcasting, which has carried reruns of "The Lawrence Welk Show" since 1986, has opted not to renew another two-year run of the program, citing declining viewership.

"It was not an easy decision to make," said Fritz Miller, SDPB's director of marketing, who told Forum News Service about the decision last month, noting the show's renewal has biennially set off a hemming-and-hawing session among staff. "Aug. 7 is the last one."

Meaning Welk, whose sweet and easy (and sometimes polka-laden) big band music has been on almost continuously in one form or another since before the Dust Bowl, has left the building.

And that's left some folks scratching their heads.

"I wonder why they're not going to renew the contract here in South Dakota?" asked Clarence Shoemaker, 82, of Gregory, South Dakota, when told the news earlier this week. "I know some people, especially over in Yankton, still tune in."

Bandleader Lawrence Welk is seen in this undated photo. (Special to Forum News Service) free

Other public TV stations in neighboring states still carry the show, such as Nebraska and North Dakota.

"Iowa PBS continues to air 'The Lawrence Welk Show' each Saturday evening, as it has since September of 1987," said Susan Ramsey, spokeswoman for Iowa PBS.

And a Welk-related publicist with the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, who has produced the show since the 1980s, doesn't buy the ratings decline, either.

"Oh I don't believe that," Susie Dowdy scoffed, on a phone call last week. "We're on all over the country."

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Still, there's also a sense in South Dakota that, for whatever reason, the viewers — always at the top end of the plus-65 demographic — just aren't there anymore.

Just a few years ago Welk drew big audiences for the public station unaccustomed to blockbuster viewership, says Miller. But station officials say that number has dropped off over the last five years, especially over the last year as the pandemic has sent more viewers to digital spaces.

"What we've seen in the ratings has been a trendline downward," Miller acknowledged.

While Welk was a North Dakota native (born in Strasburg), the celebrated "champagne music" maker cut his chops one state to the south, according to his 1971 memoir. In the 1920s, the ambitious, clear-eyed son of German immigrants drove down from Bismarck on a frigid night looking for New Orleans, but pulled off with his freezing band at a hotel in Yankton, South Dakota.

That next morning he first broadcast over the airwaves of WNAX, a massive radio station stretching the eastern width of the state.

Since then, for nearly a century, Welk has been broadcast in one form or another — on a national radio show out of Pittsburgh and Chicago, then, beginning in 1955, on ABC out of Los Angeles. Since 1986, Welk's variety show, featuring the Lennon Sisters, the Irish tenor Joe Feeney and accordionist Myron Floren, have played on South Dakota Public Broadcasting via syndication.

In the meantime, Welk — who died in 1992 at age 89 — made pit stops at the (World's Only) Corn Palace in Mitchell and to visit his favorite pen pal, Edna Stoner, in Beresford, South Dakota.

And his legacy still sings in the Rushmore State.

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While Welk was an inaugural recipient (along with actress Dorothy Stickney) of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the Strasburg Svengali counted pivotal moments one Dakota to the south, including his first show away from home (Ipswich), his many years in Yankton, and that time his band walked out on him (in Dallas, South Dakota).

The Dacotah Prairie Museum in Aberdeen can point to an accordion owned by Welk's third cousin on display and tell you about Welk's residence in the area.

Of course, Welk always encouraged viewers to "keep a song in your heart," so it's not like he'll be going anywhere, at least for the true believers.

He will live on in memories.

"When Lawrence Welk was on TV, you know," said Shoemaker, who pens a column for the Gregory Times Advocate, "that was a program that you had everything organized so there were not going to be interruptions during that hour he was on."

Or — given a broad cable package — he may still live on in your TV.

Earlier this summer, a North Dakota TV station honored him on the 70th anniversary of his television debut in 1951. And across the border in Minnesota, they just renewed the program, too.

"We've been airing 'The Lawrence Welk Show' on tptLife since September '94," wrote Sherry Meek, Director of Programming for Twin Cities PBS, in an email. "We know it has a dedicated and passionate audience who look forward to it on tptLife."

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What did Lawrence Welk die of?

Gerboth, Betsy. "Lawrence Welk Dies at 89; Welk's Death 'The Passing of an Era'.". Forum, 19 May 1992, sec. 1A. Welk, the North Dakota farm boy who became the nation's beloved king of "champagne music," died Sunday at his California home surrounded by family members. His death, at 89, was attributed to pneumonia.

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What time does Lawrence Welk come on?

In many markets, the syndicated Lawrence Welk aired before the start of network prime-time on Saturday nights (7 p.m. Eastern Time); also in many areas, it competed against another show that was canceled by CBS and resurrected in syndication, also in 1971 — Hee Haw.

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Is Larry Welk still alive?

Lawrence Welk. Lawrence Welk (March 11, 1903 – May 17, 1992) was an American musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario, who hosted the television program The Lawrence Welk Show from 1951 to 1982. His style came to be known to his large audience of radio, television, and live-performance fans (and critics) as "champagne music".

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Where was the Lawrence Welk show taped?

The Lawrence Welk Show was *not* primarily taped at the Hollywood Palace, but at ABC Television Center West (Prospect Studios). There were only a few years that it was taped at the Palace and then in the end at CBS Television City.

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