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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.
February 3, 1991
In 1955, Goldenson found another prime-time prospect on ABC's Los Angeles affiliate, KABC-TV. Lawrence Welk, another of our early shows, was phenomenally successful in a way that has never been duplicated. He and his band established themselves performing live at the LaMonica Ball Room in Santa Monica. Our Los Angeles station, KABC-TV, put him on the air locally at 9 Saturday night. In the summer of 1955 we picked this up for the network.
May 27, 1992 | HARLENE GOODRICH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Harlene Goodrich is a graduate student who lives in Seal Beach
It was in the late '60s, a summer evening in Long Beach, when Mother danced with Lawrence Welk. The occasion was a dinner-dance that followed a tournament at Daddy's golf club. Welk had played golf as a guest of one of the members and had stayed on for dinner afterward. When the dishes were cleared and the band struck up a tune, Welk approached Daddy and graciously asked if he might have a dance with my mother. Mother, a longtime fan of Welk, was not about to relinquish her say in the matter.
March 25, 1987 | EILEEN SONDAK
Lawrence Welk, a cult hero? "Yes, to a certain segment of the American people--the older generation--he's a real cult figure," KPBS radio deejay Al Deahl said. Deahl should know. He is emcee for the popular "Sunday Swings" at Lawrence Welk Village, monthly ballroom dances that feature the mellow music of a vintage Lawrence Welk orchestra. And Deahl has a large following of his own for weekly radio broadcasts of "The Pacific Ballroom."
June 18, 1995
Re Steve Hochman's Pop Eye column item of June 11: "Curiously, at the same time rock rose, the biggest increase of record buyers occurred in the non-rock 50- to 54-year-old demographic. . . ." The non -rock 50-to-54 demographic? That particular demographic was teen-aged in the '50s--the decade that invented rock 'n' roll, the decade that invented teen-agers , for that matter. Please be assured, Mr. Hochman, that when we drag our walkers down to the local music store, it's not to check out the latest Lawrence Welk reissue.
November 9, 1992
Many of your readers are unaware that S. P. Milling has purchased 502 acres of prime citrus and avocado orchards east of Santa Paula, with intentions of mining. This property is north of California 126 and includes Boulder Creek (formerly known as Lords Creek). At present, quarry plans include building asphalt and cement plants, with mining operations to take place on 50-acre parcels. For those who feel "you can't fight City Hall," I suggest reading a recently published article in the San Diego Union that noted the H. G. Fenton Material Co. withdrew its request to the Board of Supervisors there to operate a controversial rock quarry near the Lawrence Welk and Champagne retirement villages.
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.
Contesting conventional wisdom about the esteem in which the accordion is held in the United States, Sandra Martin is optimistic. "The accordion has gone from being a Lawrence Welk kind of instrument to an instrument taken seriously by very smart and able young musicians," said Martin, coordinator of the Accordion Federation of North America competition for the ninth year. The 40th anniversary competition takes place today through Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Long Beach.
A Vista dentist has sued the Lawrence Welk Resort Villas north of Escondido, claiming his shoulder was wrenched when he was forcibly removed from the vacation time-share complex after he complained that he didn't receive the gift promised for listening to a sales presentation.
Taking their cue from the music of the man they adored, Lawrence Welk's fans on Tuesday were taking news of his death in graceful stride. One woman quickly and without ceremony placed half a dozen multicolored roses at the base of Welk's statue on the patio outside his theater and museum north of Escondido.
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