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Lawrence Welk Net Worth

Lawrence Welk Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Lawrence Welk net worth is
$8 Million

Lawrence Welk Wiki Biography

Lawrence Welk was born on the 11th March 1903, in The Bronx, New York City USA, and was a musician, television host and impresario, best known to the world as the host of his own show “The Lawrence Welk Show”, which aired from 1955 until 1982. Lawrence passed away in May 1992.

Have you ever wondered how rich Lawrence Welk was, at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Lawrence’s net worth was as high as $8 million, an amount he acquired through his successful career in the entertainment industry.

Lawrence Welk Net Worth $8 Million

Lawrence was of German and Ukrainian ancestry, as his parents were immigrants who settled in Strasburg, North Dakota. Lawrence was the third youngest of eight children born to Ludwig and Christiana Welk.

Growing up poor on a family farm, Lawrence left school in order to help his family. As he grew older, he fell in love with music, and was able to persuade his father to by him an accordion, but on the condition that Lawrence would work on the farm until 21 and all the money he would earn he would give to his father.

When he turned 21, Lawrence left the family home, and proudly began to pursue a career in music. In the beginning he played with big bands of North and South Dakota, before eventually starting a band of his own. In the 1930s, he became more confident in his talents, and led his own band touring across the USA. Little by little his name became more and more known in the music scene, mostly in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas, however, in the 1940s he and his band were regular guests at the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago, and later in the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Before the end of the 1940s, the band had its own show on the ABC network, which lasted until 1951.

Lawrence started his own record label called Ranwood Records with Randy Wood, through which he released the majority of his songs. During his musical career, Lawrence released over 50 singles, many of which increased his popularity and net worth. Some of the most popular include “”I Won’t Tell a Soul”, which reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, “The Moon Is a Silver Dollar” No. 7, “Don’t Sweetheart Me” No 2., Oh Happy Day”, which was on the No. 5, “Calcutta”, an instrumental that topped the chart, and “Southtown, USA”, which was his last recording.

In 1955, he started his own show, “The Lawrence Welk Show”, which firstly aired only in Los Angeles for the first few years, however, from 1959 until 1982 it was aired nationally through the ABC network. It was a variety music show, which brought immense popularity to Lawrence, and was the main source of his net worth.

Because of his successful career and contribution to both television and music, Lawrence received numerous awards, including two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was inducted into the International Polka Music Hall of Fame in 1994, among many other awards.

Lawrence`s net worth also benefited from his career as a businessman, investing in numerous industries and companies, including real estate and music publishing, among others.
Lawrence died at his home, age 89, from bronchopneumonia; he left behind his wife of 71 years Fern Veronica Renner, and their three children.

Full NameLawrence Welk
Net Worth$8 Million
Date Of BirthMarch 11, 1903, Strasburg, North Dakota, United States
DiedMay 17, 1992, Santa Monica, California, United States
Place Of BirthBronx, New York
ProfessionMusician, Bandleader, Impresario
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseFern Renner (m. 1931–1992)
ChildrenShirley Welk, Donna Welk, Lawrence Welk Jr.
ParentsChristina Welk,Ludwig Welk
SiblingsJohn Welk,Eva Welk,Barbara Welk,Louie Welk,Ann Mary Welk,Anton Welk,Mike Welk,Agatha Welk
NicknamesWelk, Lawrence
AwardsAcademy of Country Music Award for Man of the Year
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement In Tape Sound Mixing, People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Variety Program, 32. Spotlight on the Musical Family, 31. Easter, 30. Tour of Southern California
TV ShowsThe Lawrence Welk Show
1"An-a one, an-a two."
2Theme song: "Champagne Time" (1970 - 1982)
3Theme song: "Bubbles in the Wine" (1955 - 1970)
1We cater to the people who want a melody as it was originally written. Our audiences want songs that tell a story. We don't want any song with questionable moral standards.
1He is a first cousin, once removed, of Montana governor Brian Schweitzer. Lawrence's mother, Christiana Schwahn, was the sister of Brian's paternal grandmother, Franziska Schwahn.
2Ex-father-in-law of Tanya Welk.
3Co-founder (with Randall Wood, former owner of Dot Records) of Ranwood Records in 1967.
4He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6613 Hollywood Boulevard and for Television at 1601 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
5Dropped out of school in the fourth grade to work on the family farm. At age 21, he left home to make his way in the music business.
6Registered his car with a vanity license plate that read "A1 AN A2".
7His show was initially cancelled by ABC-TV in 1971, after 17 years as a Saturday night perennial on the network, because of a question of viewer demographics. Advertisers and networks were convinced that they should gear their shows to younger, urban audiences, who were thought to have the buying power, and Welk's audience was simply considered too old. In what was then considered a bold move, Welk began producing shows for first-run syndication, and by the start of the 1971 fall season he was back on the air, where he remained until he retired eleven years later. Ironically, many of the stations that carried his show were local ABC affiliates.
8Parents, Ludwig and Christina Welk, emigrated from Alsace-Lorraine via Russia to Strasburg, North Dakota, where Lawrence was born.
9A common misconception is that Welk did not learn English until he was 21. In fact, he began learning English as soon as he started school. The part of North Dakota where he lived had been settled largely by Germans from Russia; even his teachers spoke English as a second language.
10In the early 1990s, the U.S. Congress refused federal funding to restore Welk's boyhood home in Strasburg, N.D., as a museum. His many still loyal fans, hearing of this, donated the money themselves, and to this day the Welk Home and Museum has been restored and maintained entirely by private funds.
11Served as his own producer for most of his years on TV, via Teleklew Productions. The name was made up of "tele" for television and "klew" was Welk spelled backwards.
12Founder of the still-thriving Lawrence Welk Resort and Country Club in Escondido, California.
13A good judge of talent, Welk's discoveries included Lynn Anderson and Pete Fountain, both of whom got their starts with his band.
14Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1989.
15Recorded prolifically before and during his TV years, primarily for Columbia, Coral, Dot and Ranwood, scoring a #1 single and album with "Calcutta" in 1961.
16Welk's show was originaly entitled "The Dodge Dancing Party," after his first national sponsor. His longest-lasting sponsors were two over-the-counter medicines, Geritol and Serutan ("That's 'nature's,' spelled backwards!").
17Welk's son, Larry Welk (aka Lawrence Welk Jr), is owner/operator of the "Welk Resort" in Branson, Missouri.
18Welk's grandson, Larry Welk (aka Lawrence Welk III), is an airborne traffic and breaking news reporter in "Sky Nine" helicopter for KCAL-TV, Ch 9, Los Angeles.


The Founder2016performer: "Calcutta" a/k/a "Tivoli Melodie"
Rules Don't Apply2016writer: "Bubbles in the Wine"
Atop the Fourth Wall2014-2015TV Series 3 episodes
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water2015performer: "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" / writer: "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles"
Manhattan2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Freaky Deaky2012performer: "Music To Watch Girls By" written by nm0708240
Yes Man2008performer: "Emperor Waltz"
Chocolat2000performer: "Start The Day Right"
Family Guy2000TV Series music - 1 episode
The Simpsons1998TV Series music - 1 episode
Swingers1996performer: "Champagne Time"
Good Morning, Vietnam1987performer: "Around The World", "Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight", "I'll Never Smile Again", "Kit Kat Polka" / writer: "Kit Kat Polka"
Lost in America1985performer: "Bubbles in the Wine" / writer: "Bubbles in the Wine"
Heaven Help Us1985performer: "Clarinet Polka"
The Lawrence Welk ShowTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1972 - 1979 writer - 1 episode, 1967
Green Acres1970TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk1939Short writer: "Bubbles in the Wine"


Here's Lucy1970TV SeriesLawrence Welk
Shower of Stars1957TV Series
Lawrence Welk and His Champagne Music1950ShortLawrence Welk - Band Leader


Lawrence Welk's 12 Days of Christmas1983TV Special executive producer / producer
The Lawrence Welk Show1951TV Series producer

Music Department

Gleason2002TV Movie composer: song "Bubbles in the Wine"
The Lawrence Welk Show1955TV Series composer: theme music - 1955-1970


Lawrence Welk's 12 Days of Christmas1983TV Special


Lawrence Welk's 12 Days of Christmas1983TV Special written by


KTLA at 40: A Celebration of Los Angeles Television1986TV MovieHimself
Lawrence Welk's 12 Days of Christmas1983TV SpecialHost / Musician
Hour Magazine1982TV SeriesHimself
The Lawrence Welk Show1955-1982TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself / Host / ...
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
The Alan Hamel Show1979TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1979TV SeriesHimself - Bandleader / Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1964-1979TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Mickey's 501978DocumentaryHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1978TV SeriesHimself
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHimself
Good Morning America1977TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1976TV SeriesHimself
The Good Old Days of Radio1976TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dinah!1974-1976TV SeriesHimself
The 24th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1972TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Dick Cavett Show1968-1972TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970-1971TV SeriesHimself
Jack Benny's Birthday Special1969TV SpecialHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1969TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1968TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1967TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
The Andy Williams Show1962-1964TV SeriesHimself / Football coach
The Jack Benny Program1962TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Music Bandleader
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
Disneyland '591959TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Plymouth Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Christophers1957TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1957TV SeriesHimself - Guest of Honor
Person to Person1956TV Series documentaryHimself
The Modernaires with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra1952ShortHimself
The Lawrence Welk Show1951TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra1949ShortHimself
Champagne Music1946ShortHimself - Orchestra Leader
The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk1939ShortHimself - Orchestra Leader

Archive Footage

My Music: Starlight Ballroom2015TV MovieHimself
Baseball, Dennis & The French2011Documentary
My Music: The Big Band Years2009TV MovieHimself
Lawrence Welk's TV Treasures2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Lawrence Welk: Milestones & Memories - A Musical Family Reunion2001TV MovieHimself '
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHimself
Things That Aren't Here Anymore1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
EBN: Commercial Entertainment Product1992Video shortHimself (uncredited)
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHimself
The Lawrence Welk Show1968-1971TV SeriesHimself - Host
Jazz Ball1956TV Movie documentaryHimself

Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 1601 Vine Street.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingOn 8 February 1960. At 6613 Hollywood Blvd.

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