In 1961, Lawrence Welk received North Dakota's highest honor by being the first recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, which is bestowed upon prominent North Dakotans.
Lawrence Welk wrote several books during his life, such as: Wunnerful, Wunnerful, Ah One, Ah Two, and My America, Your America.
Lawrence Welk received an honorary doctorate of music from North Dakota State University in 1965.
Lawrence Welk retired from show business in 1987.
Lawrence spoke only German until he was 21 years old.
Lawrence was inducted into the International Polka Music Hall of Fame in 1994.
Lawrence has a television star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6613-1/2 Hollywood Blvd.
Lawrence was Grand Marshal in the Tournament Of Roses parade on January 1, 1972.
Lawrence was married to Fern Rinner from April 16, 1931 until his death.
Lawrence was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1989.
If you are a Lawrence Welk fan, you're referred to being a Welkie.
Lawrence made a few mistakes with turning down several acts for his band/show that he later regretted. 1) He turned down trumpeter Harry James (husband of Betty Grable) saying he played too loudly. 2) The Osmond Brothers he turned down as he already a singing sibling act in "The Lennon Sisters."
Someone once told Mr. Welk that his music was bright and bubbly like champagne and that's how he came up with the name of his band, "The Champagne Music Makers."
Lawrence Welk had the #1 Song in the United States in February 1961 with "Calcutta."