The Lawrence Welk Show - The Lawrence Welk Show in Popular Culture - in Music

In Music

  • The song "Fire Water Burn" by The Bloodhound Gang names Lawrence Welk as one of the people with whom the song's lead character will spend eternity if he goes to Hell.
  • The music video for the song "Hell" by Squirrel Nut Zippers takes place in a surreal, demonic world inspired by that of The Lawrence Welk Show, including liberal use of bubbles. The song itself is original, done in the band's usual style, and has no relation to that of Lawrence Welk.
  • Comic Stan Freberg created a parody of the show in a song called "Wun'erful Wun'erful (Sides uh-one and uh-two)", which became a Top 30 hit in 1957. Originally performed on Freberg's CBS Radio series, the single spoofed the mediocre musicianship among some of Welk's musicians (including Welk himself). The record was arranged by Billy May, who handled the music on Freberg sessions and was known to despise Welk's style of music. Working with May and Freberg, who portrayed Welk, were some of Hollywood's best studio musicians, some of them jazz veterans who also held Welk's music in equal contempt. Welk was not pleased by the record, built around satirical out-of-tune performances and an out-of-control "bubble machine" that sent the entire Aragon Ballroom out to sea. Freberg reprised the Welk character for his last radio show, wherein the fictional Welk (who apparently had as much contempt for Freberg as Freberg did for Welk) responded to the show's cancellation with the following terse response: "Ha. Ha. Ha."
  • Dickie Goodman also used Welk as a source for inspiration and a target of satire on his 1959 novelty single, "Stagger Lawrence", which featured an episode of the show being repeatedly interrupted by Lloyd Price's version of the blues piece "Stagger Lee."
  • The show is one of two that serve as the main subjects of the 1972 song "The Lawrence Welk-Hee Haw Counter-Revolution Polka," the other being Hee Haw (Hee Haw host Roy Clark sang the song). Both programs had been cancelled by their respective networks in 1971, only to continue in first-run syndication (and continued to be enormously popular) for a number of years thereafter.
  • Welk is revealed to be the antagonist of Jimmy Cross's song "The Ballad of James Bong."

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