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Track Listing
CD1
1. CHANGE PARTNERS The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk. Vocal chorus Lois Best (Vocalion 4270) 1938
2. COLORADO SUNSET The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk. Vocal by Walter Bloom (Vocalion 4284) 1938
3. BUBBLES IN THE WINE The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk. Vocal chorus Walter Bloom (Vocalion 4368) 1938
4. I WON'T TELL A SOUL The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk. Vocal chorus Walter Bloom (Vocalion 4435) 1938
5. TWO SLEEPY PEOPLE The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk. Vocal chorus Jules Herman (Vocalion 4435) 1938
6. I'M HAPPY ABOUT THE WHOLE THING The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk (Vocalion 4680) 1939
7. THE MOON IS A SILVER DOLLAR The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk. Vocal chorus Walter Bloom (Vocalion 4681) 1939
8. DADDY'S LULLABY The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk. Vocal chorus by Jayne Walton & Parnell Grina (Okeh 5939) 1941
9. MARIA ELENA The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk. Vocal chorus by Jayne Walton (Okeh 5939) 1941
10. DEAR HOME IN HOLLAND Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra. Vocal chorus by Jayne Walton (Decca 3940) 1942
11. CLEANIN' MY RIFLE (AND DREAMIN' OF YOU) Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra. Vocal chorus by Bobby Beers (Decca 4428) 1944
12. I WISH THAT I COULD HIDE INSIDE THIS LETTER Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra. Vocal chorus by Jayne Walton (Decca 4428) 1944
13. DON'T SWEETHEART ME Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra. Vocal chorus by Wayne Marsh (Decca 4434) 1944
14. MAIRZY DOATS Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra. Vocal chorus by Bobby Beers & Ensemble (Decca 4434) 1944
15. IS MY BABY BLUE TONIGHT? Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra. Vocal chorus by Jayne Walton (Decca 4438) 1944
16. SHAME ON YOU Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra with Red Foley (Decca 18698) 1945
17. BAR ROOM POLKA Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music. Vocal by Bob 'Tex' Cromer (Mercury 5294) 1949
18. KIT KAT POLKA Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music. Vocal by Helen Ramsay & Garth Andrews (Mercury 5335) 1949
19. BIBBIDI BOBBIDI BOO Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music. Vocal by Jinny Jackson (Mercury 5347) 1949
20. HOOP DEE DOO Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra. Vocal by Roberta Linn & Garth Andrews (Mercury 5419) 1950
21. PENNSYLVANIA POLKA Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music (Coral 60081) 1947
22. MOONLIGHT BAY Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music. Vocal Duet by Roberta Linn & Dick Dale (Coral 60444) 1951
23. SWINGIN' DOWN THE LANE Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music. Vocal Duet by Roberta Linn (Coral 60630) 1952
24. MEET MR. CALLAGHAN Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music (Coral 60828) 1952
25. OH HAPPY DAY Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music. Vocal chorus by Larry Hooper (Coral 60893) 1953
26. EBB TIDE Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music. Vocal chorus by Gene Pursell (Coral 61075) 1953

CD21. DARKTOWN STRUTTER'S BALL Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music (Coral 61135) 1954
2. IN A LITTLE SPANISH TOWN Lawrence Welk & His Sparklers (Coral 61287) 1954
3. ELEPHANT'S TANGO Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music (Coral 61372) 1955
4. HEY MR BANJO Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music (Coral 61408) 1955
5. BONNIE BLUE GAL Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music. Vocal by The Sparklers (Coral 61515) 1955
6. MORITAT (A THEME FROM THE THREEPENNY OPERA) Lawrence Welk & His Sparkling Sextet (Coral 61574) 1956
7. THE POOR PEOPLE OF PARIS Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music (Coral 61592) 1956
8. LISBON ANTIGUA Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music (Coral 61595) 1956
9. ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music (Coral 61644) 1956
10. WEARY BLUES Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music with The McGuire Sisters (Coral 61670) 1956
11. IN THE ALPS (IN DER SCHWEIZ) Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music with The McGuire Sisters (Coral 61670) 1956
12. TONIGHT YOU BELONG TO ME Lawrence Welk & His Sparkling Strings. Vocal by The Lennon Sisters & The Sparklers (Coral 61701) 1956
13. WHEN THE LILACS BLOOM AGAIN Lawrence Welk & His Sparkling Strings (Coral 61701) 1956
14. AROUND THE WORLD Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music (Coral 61741) 1956
15. CHAMPAGNE TIME Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music (Coral 61741) 1956
16. CINCO ROBLES (FIVE OAKS) Lawrence Welk & His Sparkling Strings (Coral 61765) 1957
17. LIECHTENSTEINER POLKA Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music (Coral 61900) 1957
18. LAST DATE Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra (Dot 16145) 1960
19. CALCUTTA Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra (Dot 16161) 1960
20. MY GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra (Dot 16161) 1960
21. THEME FROM 'MY THREE SONS' Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra (Dot 16198) 1961
22. OUT OF A CLEAR BLUE SKY Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra (Dot 16198) 1961
23. YELLOW BIRD Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra (Dot 16222) 1961
24. RIDERS IN THE SKY Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra & Chorus (Dot 16237) 1961
Artist:
Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music
Title:
The Lawrence Welk Singles Collection 1938-62
Label:
Acrobat
Cat No:
ADDCD3285
Format:
CD
Price £9.99
• Accordionist, bandleader, composer and TV impresario Lawrence Welk was one of the most visible and popular personalities in easy-listening orchestral pop music through several decades spanning the pre- and post-war eras, with his high-profile TV series “The Lawrence Welk Show” running for three decades from 1951 into the early ‘80s.

• Performing what he christened early in his career as “Champagne Music”, he transcended all the upheavals in the pop music landscape during these times to maintain a consistent appeal to the broad middle ground of popular music tastes so that he was able to take advantage of the introduction of the stereo long-playing albums during the 1950s and beyond.

• This great-value 56-track 2-CD set comprises selected A and B sides from his singles for Vocalion, Okeh, Decca, Mercury, Coral and Dot labels during the quarter-century from the late 30s right through to the early ‘60s, and features over 30 chart entries, including the No. 1 “Calcutta” and the Top 10 hits “I Won’t Tell A Soul”, “The Moon Is A Silver Dollar”, “Don’t Sweetheart Me” and “Oh Happy Day”.

• It covers a remarkable range of styles, including vocal hits from the early part of his career in the ‘sweet’ dance band style of the war years, along with examples of his trademark polka tunes featuring his distinctive accordion sound, through to easy listening orchestral pop recordings during the 1950s.

• It’s an entertaining cross-section of his work, underlining his skill in refining his style to stay in touch with an evolving market to stay firmly in the public eye.
Reviews For The Lawrence Welk Singles Collection 1938-62
In Tune (Issue 328) – Gerry Stonestreet
“Acrobat are rolling out a number of collections of bands from the 'sweet' end of the spectrum, with this 2 CD set of the 'wunnerful, wunnerful' Lawrence Welk orchestra following hot on the heels of the Kay Kyser collection, a recent Russ Morgan set and with a Horace Heidt issue to follow shortly. An excellent compilation which illustrates how Welk was able to move with the times without really changing anything about his basic philosophy. The liner notes by Paul Watts are, as usual, highly informative and illuminating.”