Song of the Day: Lawrence Welk, “Calcutta”

Accordionist, orchestra leader, and television pioneer Lawrence Welk would be 118 today. The Lawrence Welk Show started as a local program on KTLA in Los Angeles in 1951. It was picked up by ABC in 1955 and stayed on that network until 1971, then went into syndication until 1982. His biggest hit was "Calcutta," which was written by Heino Gaze and reached #1 in 1961, knocking The Shirelles’ "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" out of the #1 spot and preventing The Miracles’ "Shop Around" from reaching the top spot.

12 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Lawrence Welk, “Calcutta”

  1. Love this one, too! I am so happy you are breathing some life into these older songs that were a staple for me. It was always a treat to see the Lennon sisters perform although much of the show I did not care for.

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    1. It’s kind of weird, but I don’t remember my parents listening to that much radio. After Dad died, Mom listened a lot more, especially when I got into it. Anyway, it’s a fun song.

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  2. Lawrence Welk was a staple in our home and I liked the dancers but it was for the older crowd. I have to admit I do like this song..it feels fresh and breezy like a nice spring day.

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    1. For all the years he had led his own orchestra, it was the only hit record he had. Can you imagine? Glad you liked it; it’s one of my favorites…

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