Lawrence Welk was an American musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario who hosted the Lawrence Welk Show from 1945 to 1982. His show was known by all for its music, live performances, and relaxing and enjoyable sound.
In 1961, Welk was inducted as a charter member of the Rough Rider Award from his native North Dakota, and later served as the Grand Marshal for the Rose Bowl’s Tournament of Roses parade in 1972. In 1994, Welk was inducted into the International Polka Music Hall Of Fame. Welk has a star for Recording on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6613½ Hollywood Blvd. He has a second star at 1601 Vine Street for Television. Lawrence was also an ordained minister.