Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The Lawrence Welk Show - The Tap Dancing Astronaut (1975)

An interesting and convoluted path to this one that involved finding a year old message on Facebook from a fine fellow called Paul Carsola, who was alerting me to yet another appearance of the Men into Space helmet cropping up again on American TV.  Well I say again like it just happened, but although its all new to me, this was actually back in 1975 on something that I am informed by the internet, as the long running and much loved American variety TV show called: The Lawrence Welk Show
Being born and raised on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean means that I didn't ever get to share in this cultural touchstone, although we had our own version of this kind of thing, that I would imagine was on a par with things like Morecambe and Wise making breakfast.  This:-
My new years gift to you, my American chums.
Anyway, the pictures above are of Arthur Duncan from a show in 1975 however there are two different versions of the routine  on YouTube so its possible it was performed more than once, although the costume seems to remain the same.
This image is from the other one if anyone more in the know would like to date the episode.
Interestingly while reading a bit about The Lawrence Welk Show and looking at images, I discovered that I sort of have blogged about it back in 2012 but for a different reason, which were namely; Sandi and Sally, two members of the Welk's "Musical Family"
I'm heading over there now to tidy that post up a bit, so you can join me and read more by following the "The Lawrence Welk Show" label below.
Thanks again to Paul for the pointer on this one and sorry it took so long to find your message.


  1. Heres my first post on this site for the new year.
    Check out this cover from a german space 1999 comic
    it was posted over at the space1970 site,which I always tend to think of as being a sort of sister site to this one,also check out this behind the scenes pic,no spacesuits but a rare and slightly humorous pic none the less

    1. Hi Tim. Happy new year to you. Space:1970 is a great blog. That said I've not been over there for a bit so hadn't seen these images. Lovely stuff. Who knew there was a monkey in the dog suit!