Guest Champagne Ladies - list provided by Steve Cooper
Here's the list of guest Champagne Ladies from 1959 & 1960.
Alice Lon's last show appears to have been at the end of June 1959.
Several of the guest singers were on the show 2 or even 3 times. Steve's comments are after some of the singer's names. They are not in any
Betty Clooney - Rosemary's sister!
Anita Gordon - sang in the movies State Fair and Paint Your
Wagon. Also sang with the Ray Noble Orchestra (several of Welk sax
players also played with Ray Noble)
Sue Raney - considered a "singer's singer" - one of the top
"studio" singers in Los Angeles. At the age of 19 she sang with Ray
Anthony's band and later became lead singer of the L.A. Voices - one of
the top vocal groups in the world.
Molly Bee - she was on the Welk show Sept. 12 1959 She sang "Just Another Polka" and "School Days"
John Gary - not a Champagne Lady - just a guest singer during the time Alice Lon left. Yes, it was
THE John Gary - one of the great pop singers.
Jan Wynn - great 1950's pop singer originally from Detroit
Diane Maxwell - vocalist on the late 50's Steve Allen Show
Denise Foster - Lawrence liked her so much he had her sing on several live radio boradcasts from the Aragon ballroom
Lu Ann Simms - Sang on Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason Show, and the Arthur Godfrey Show (4 years!)
She also later sang on the Captain Kangaroo morning show for kids.
Judy Busch - sang on The George Gobel Show and a few other 1950's TV shows
Carol Richards - sang on the Bob Crosby show and several movies
Lynn Roberts - sang with ALL the big bands since the age of 16 - Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey, Harry James,
and many others.
Julie Hand - sang on the TV show called Dick Sinclair Polka Party
which was on RIGHT AFTER the Lawrence Welk Show on Saturday nights on
ABC (it was on in Chicago and averal other cities).
Joanie O'Brien - great singer sang daily on The Bob Crosby TV Show
and also several movies in addition to variety shows like Tennessee
Kathy Taylor - sang on Dec. 3, 1960 - the next week (Dec. 12 was
NORMA ZIMMER) So, Kathy may have been the LAST guest Champ. Lady
Claire Nelson - great big band singer sang several million seller hits with Tommy Tucker Orchestra
(Shake Me I Rattle - which the Lennon Sisters also sang) and also
the great ballroom band of Jimmy Palmer Orchestra (I currently own that
Janie Jones - originally from England
Julie Mason - Julie sang several times on the Welk show. I'm
friends with her family and they told me that Lawrence asked her to be
Champagne Lady but she turned it down. So...she was picked before
Betty Cox - Lawrence liked her so much she recorded an album with Lawrence on the Dot label.
Dodie Stevens - Dodie was a famous pop singer of the 50's - her big hit was "Tan Shoes & Pink Shoelaces"
That song was also done on the Welk show with guest singer ROBERTA SHORE and ROCKY
ROCKWELL. Dodie later sang with Sergio Mendes and Brazil '77.
She used her real name which was not even close to "Dodie Stevens"!!!
Louise Drake - from Minneapolis
Peggy Dietrick - sang with Eddie Arnold in the 1950's
Pam Garner - sang on The Steve Allen Show
Mary Ann Luckett - from Louisville
Louise O'Brien - sang on Arthur Godrey and also subbed for Alice Lon on the St. Pat's Day Welk show in 1956!
Margie Rayburn - great singer - she's currently on You Tube. She
sang with Spike Jones, Gene Autry and Ray Anthony's big band including
her own record albums of Liberty and other labels.
Freddie Weber - also on You Tube. She also sang religious music.
JO ANN GREER - 10/29/60 she was featured singer with Les Brown
and of course also known as being the wife of Welk trumpeteer Mickey
McMahon. She was also on the Welk show in the late 60's (I think).
Georgia Lee- appeared in several movie's in the late 50's
Patty Clark - "big time" singer originally from Fargo (where she
worked 5 days a week on a radio show with Welk pianist Frank Scott) -
then sang in Chicago 5 nights a week on TV and radio shows - Welk loved
her - she was on several times & was even featured in 2 TV Guides
with her & Lawrence. She currently has 2 CD's on Amazon. In 1961
she was star of the TV series "Glenn Miller Time" on CBS TV along with
Johnny Desmond and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.. AND........4 years ago
she recorded one song with my band (The Steve Cooper Orchestra) on a CD
featuring her and Rocky Rockwell with my ballroom band.