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June 28, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Mickey McMahan, 77, a trumpet player with big-band leaders Lawrence Welk, Les Brown and others, died June 11 at his home in Van Nuys of neuropathy and an unrelated blood disease, his stepson Steve Land said. McMahan played trumpet on "The Lawrence Welk Show" from 1967 to 1982. He also played with Les Brown's Band of Renown on "The Steve Allen Show" in the 1950s and '60s and toured with Brown's band when it accompanied comedian Bob Hope on USO tours entertaining the military overseas.
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July 26, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
On Christmas Eve 1955, "champagne music" bandleader Lawrence Welk introduced the Lennon Sisters from Venice - Dianne, Peggy, Kathy and Janet - on his popular ABC musical variety series, "The Lawrence Welk Show. " And before you could say "a-one-and-a-two," the girls, ages 9 to 16, were an overnight phenomenon. Their harmonies were pure, with Peggy singing the high notes, Kathy the low, and Dianne - known as Dee Dee - and Janet, in the middle. They scored their first hit "Tonight, You Belong to Me" in 1956.
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May 18, 1991
Kenneth James Trimble, 62, a trombonist and vocalist with the Lawrence Welk orchestra for 25 years. At 15, Trimble wanted a cornet that was priced at $8 in his local hock shop. But he only had $5, so settled for a $4 trombone and a $1 instruction book. He soon qualified for a Salvation Army band, spent World War II in a U.S. Army band, and then played with Johnny (Scat) Davis, Tex Beneke, Ray Anthony and his own Dixieland band before joining Welk. On May 8 in Reno of lymphoma.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2011
Norma Zimmer Singer was Welk 'Champagne Lady' Norma Zimmer, 87, the "Champagne Lady" of television's "The Lawrence Welk Show" and a studio singer, died Tuesday at her home in Brea. Her son, Larry, did not give the cause of death. Zimmer performed on Welk's network and later syndicated show from 1960 to 1982 as the "Champagne Lady," the title Welk traditionally gave to his orchestra's lead female singer. Zimmer sang solos, sang duets with Jimmy Roberts and waltzed with Welk to the strains of his effervescent dance tunes tagged "champagne music.
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March 13, 1993 | DON HECKMAN
"Wundaful! Wundaful!" There he is, right at the top of "From the Heart: A Tribute to Lawrence Welk and the American Dream"--the North Dakota farm boy who became one of the most remarkable icons in television history. The program (on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on KCET-TV Channel 28 and at 6 p.m. on KVCR-TV Channel 24) features Barbara Mandrell hosting a virtual nonstop lineup of Welk stars in a live performance taped at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1990 | ANTHONY PERRY
Uh-one and a uh-two. Or: It's wunnerful to be from North Dakota. There's no dispute that Lawrence Welk, now 87 and semi-retired, has had his share of honors. Take a squint at the lobby of the Lawrence Welk Theatre north of Escondido, which is part of the Lawrence Welk Resort on Lawrence Welk Drive. The theater lobby is the family authorized Lawrence Welk Museum: gold records, plaques of appreciation, presidential proclamations and more. Outside is a bronze statue of the Champagne Music Maker.
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July 28, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jules Herman, 93, a former trumpet player for Lawrence Welk, died Friday of heart failure at his home in Mendota Heights, Minn., his daughter said. Herman grew up on a farm near Milnor, N.D., and taught music in Gardner, N.D., until a fellow North Dakotan, Welk, asked him to join his orchestra. In 1940 Herman married singer Lois Best, one of several female musicians Welk featured over the years with the title "Champagne Lady."
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December 24, 1988 | NANCY CHURNIN
A few yards past the bronze statue of Lawrence Welk waving his baton, and a few feet past the paper cutout of Welk where visitors have their pictures taken, lurks the most winning musical of the holiday season. It's "She Loves Me," at the Lawrence Welk Dinner Theatre and, like the Christmas gift that keeps on giving, it continues through Dec. 31. Looking for an uplifting way to start the New Year?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1992 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sylvester (Pork) Horman balked when he found out his employer was holding an educational seminar on AIDS Tuesday. As director of security at Lawrence Welk resort, Horman supervises a security force in which the oldest guard is 85 and the average age is 73. "I just didn't know if it pertained," said Horman, 61. But, after the 90-minute seminar, Hormon conceded, "I'm glad I attended; I've got a 14-year-old granddaughter who confides in me, and this is something to think about."
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August 8, 2004 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
Strange things are happening in the Citadel of Square. Inside the Santa Monica headquarters of the Welk Music Group, the champagne music that bubbled in the blood of mainstream America for four decades has been alchemized into a high-energy and down-tempo soundtrack for the designer-martini generation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2011 | Valerie J. Nelson
Dot Records founder Randy Wood was looking for a song for a young Pat Boone to record in 1955 and found it in the Fats Domino hit "Ain't That a Shame?" Except Boone, then an English major, wanted to sing "Isn't That a Shame?" After a few run-throughs, Wood insisted, "It's got to be 'ain't'," and Boone soon had his first No. 1 single. Wood's practice of having white singers such as Boone cover rhythm and blues hits by black artists is credited by some with helping black musicians -- and early rock music -- break into the commercial mainstream.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Mickey McMahan, 77, a trumpet player with big-band leaders Lawrence Welk, Les Brown and others, died June 11 at his home in Van Nuys of neuropathy and an unrelated blood disease, his stepson Steve Land said. McMahan played trumpet on "The Lawrence Welk Show" from 1967 to 1982. He also played with Les Brown's Band of Renown on "The Steve Allen Show" in the 1950s and '60s and toured with Brown's band when it accompanied comedian Bob Hope on USO tours entertaining the military overseas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jules Herman, 93, a former trumpet player for Lawrence Welk, died Friday of heart failure at his home in Mendota Heights, Minn., his daughter said. Herman grew up on a farm near Milnor, N.D., and taught music in Gardner, N.D., until a fellow North Dakotan, Welk, asked him to join his orchestra. In 1940 Herman married singer Lois Best, one of several female musicians Welk featured over the years with the title "Champagne Lady."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2004
The story by Richard Cromelin, "Groove Remixers Spiked the Champagne" (Aug. 8), recalled an interview I once had with a man considered by many to be the laughing stock of the music industry. In the 25 years I was a newspaper reporter and writer in the public relations offices of Hollywood, I probably interviewed 500 figures in show business and other endeavors. I was not happy when assigned to interview Lawrence Welk because I was a card-carrying member of the hipster set. We spent two hours together -- more time than I had given any other subject.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2004 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
Strange things are happening in the Citadel of Square. Inside the Santa Monica headquarters of the Welk Music Group, the champagne music that bubbled in the blood of mainstream America for four decades has been alchemized into a high-energy and down-tempo soundtrack for the designer-martini generation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2003 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Henry Cuesta, a highly regarded clarinetist best known as a featured musician with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, has died. He was 71. Cuesta, whose technical mastery of the clarinet was often compared to that of Benny Goodman, died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Sherman Oaks. Cuesta performed with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra on television and in concerts from 1972 to 1982, when Welk's weekly program ended after 27 years on ABC-TV and in syndication. Welk died at 89 in 1992.
NEWS
May 19, 1992 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawrence Welk, a firm taskmaster and consummate businessman whose "champagne music" was welcomed into the living rooms of Middle America on Saturday nights for an unprecedented 27 years--the longest-running prime-time musical program in television history--has died, it was reported Monday. Bernice McGeehan, a spokeswoman for the Welk organization, said he was 89 when he died at his Santa Monica home Sunday night of pneumonia.
BOOKS
July 13, 2003 | Mark Rozzo
The Music of Your Life John Rowell Simon & Schuster: 260 pp., $24 The stories of John Rowell's crafty first collection, each of which combines the antithetical qualities of weighty novella and zippy teleplay, aren't really all about the same thing. Rather, they're all about several things, and, as we move from story to story, the way Rowell revisits and reconfigures his pet themes over and over draws us further and further into "The Music of Your Life."
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