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Subject: Lawrence Welk/Sea Cruise parody

Written By: SanDiego on 06/27/08 at 8:57 pm

Newby here with a question. Hopefully somebody has heard this before. I lived in the (WLS) Chicago area back in the early to mid 60's and used to listen to a parody of a song called Sea Cruise. The parody went something like this....buoy bells and foghorn in the background, fading louder was the Lawrence Welk accordian music of his theme song and an obvious bubble machine, a sounds alike Welk doing his aone, anna two anna.....fading away to the beginnings of the newly popular song, Sea Cruise, getting louder and louder until full volume. The normal Sea Cruise song would play and towards the end fade away and again we heard the faint sounds of the Welk accordian coming back louder and louder. Eventually the bubble machine ran out of control and we could hear Welk yelling "Stop the bubble machine" over and over again until that faded away to hear fog horns and bells again. End of song. If anyone out there has heard of this I would like to find a copy of it.

Subject: Re: Lawrence Welk/Sea Cruise parody

Written By: saver on 07/05/08 at 3:20 pm

You have most of it was Stan Freberg who did the parody of it and maybe you can locate it by looking up Stans hits or checking in with the Dr. Demento site online, who played it a lot and it's called 'Wun'erful, Wun'erful'.   

Freberg's musical parodies were a byproduct of his collaborations with Billy May and his Capitol Records producer Ken Nelson. With his 1957 spoof of TV "champagne music" master Lawrence Welk, "Wun'erful! Wun'erful!", Freberg had a true parody partner with May, a veteran big band musician and jazz arranger. To replicate Welk's syrupy sound, May and some of Hollywood's finest studio musicians and vocalists worked to clone Welk's musical mediocrity, right down to bad notes and timing mistakes. Billy Liebert, a first-rate accordionist, copied Welk's accordion playing. Welk denied he had ever said "Wunnerful, Wunnerful!", yet it became the title of Welk's autobiography (Prentice Hall, 1971).

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