North Dakota Music Hall of Fame Inducts Lawrence Welk

LAWRENCE WELK Born in Strasburg ND to Ludwig and Christiana Welk on March 3, 1903 as the 6th of 8 children. Lawrence struck a deal with his dad as a teenager to purchase a mail order accordian for $400.  In exchange, he would stay and work on the family farm until he was 21. Lawrence kept his word and on his 21st birthday, left the farm to pursue the music career that he loved.  During the 1920s, he performed with the Luke Witkowski, Lincoln Boulds, and George T. Kelly bands before starting his own orchestra. He led big bands in North Dakota and eastern South Dakota. These included the Hotsy Totsy Boys

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