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.