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Ah-One, Ah-Two!: Life with My Musical Family Hardcover – 1974

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice-Hall; 1st edition (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130209902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130209900
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By George Stancliffe on July 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I'm not even a big Lawrence Welk fan (though my dad is. When he went to the U. of Chicago, he would pay 25 cents to dance to LW live each Saturday night).
This book is an Autobiography of Lawrence Welk, so it tells much about his private life from birth on up. He got into having his own band during the 1920's when radio was new and he had to really struggle to get anybody to hear him at all. It was worse than a Gypsy's life on the road.
He tells many very interesting stories of playing engagements, how they were promoted, what different audiences were like, etc.
One story that made me laugh out loud was how in certain areas of the country it was not uncommon for people to bring a gun to a dance, and if someone's girlfriend got looked at by an undesireable competitor, shots would be fired. LW and his band got to where they didn't even bother getting off the stage. They would just hide behind the piano until the shooting was over, then they would get out and keep playing, while members of the crowd would haul off the injured parties. I don't think anybody died at any of his concerts, but it seems clear that the spirit of the American Frontier was still alive into the 30's, at least.
I gained a real appreciation for Lawrence Welk after reading this book.
--George Stancliffe
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This book is a good addition to all the other books I have acquired regarding LW and his Musical Family. I grew up with LW on TV and it's fun to reminisce in the pages of this book. Lawrence Welk fans will enjoy.
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Very pleased with the book. It arrived in very good condition just as advertised and in very prompt time wise. Love it!
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