Watch Lawrence Welk Imitate A Hippy On His Show In 1969

In a 1969 episode of his show, the 66-year-old Lawrence Welk surprised his audience by adopting a hippie persona at the outset. Playfully dismissing polka-jazz as “strictly from squaresville,” he had the band perform his own interpretation of rock and roll. However, the backup singers boldly intervened, unmasking him and returning the show to its usual format.