The Lawrence Welk Show
For over a half century Olympia Stadium was THE entertainment venue in Detroit. Almost every major sports and entertainment event was played there. The major tenant was the Detroit Red Wings. Most of the major touring ice shows also skated at the Olympia; great entertainers such as Elvis, the Beatles, KISS, Isaac Hayes, Alice Cooper, Lawrence Welk, John Denver, the Lone Ranger, and the Globetrotters stopped by to perform.
The Lawrence Welk Show, the longest-running televised American musical variety show, first aired locally in Los Angeles from 1951 to 1955, broadcast from the since-demolished Aragon Ballroom in Venice Beach. The show made its national television debut on July 2, 1955, and was produced at the Hollywood Palladium for 23 of its 27 years on the air. The only seasons not taped there were 1965 - 66 and 1976 - 77 at the Hollywood Palace, and at CBS Television City from 1977 to 1979.
Are you one of the millions of devoted fans who faithfully watch The Lawrence Welk Show at six o'clock on Saturday night? Then you surely remember Jack Imel, the tap-dancing marimba player who charmed the audience with his musical talent, comedic appeal,