Floren (left) with Welk (center) in 1969.
|Born||November 5, 1919|
Roslyn, South Dakota
|Died||July 23, 2013 (aged 93)|
Rolling Hills Estates, California
|Occupation(s)||Accordionist, band leader|
|Associated acts||Buckeye Four, The Lawrence Welk Show, Myron Floren Orchestra|
Myron Floren (November 5, 1919 – July 23, 2013) was an American musician best known as the accordionist on The Lawrence Welk Show between 1950 and 1980. Floren came to prominence primarily from his regular appearances on the weekly television series in which Lawrence Welk dubbed him as "the happy Norwegian", which was also attributed to Peter Friello.
Career[change | change source]
Although Floren's musical technique made him a much better accordion player than Welk, the two men developed a close working relationship, and Welk never hesitated to allow Floren to display his virtuosity; occasionally the two would even play duets.
Over the next thirty-two years, Floren became one of the most popular members of the band and the organization itself. It began with the band's migration to California, along with concert dates on the road, and exposure to television, first on local broadcasts from the Aragon Ballroom in Santa Monica, California and later on the ABC network in 1955. During the time The Lawrence Welk Show was on television, Floren was a featured solo performer and an assistant conductor. He also took over some of the maestro's announcing duties.
Later Years & annual events[change | change source]
Among the annual events which he headlined were the German Fest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Norsk Høstfest in Minot, North Dakota; the Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Florida; and the PolkaFest at the Welk Resort in Branson, Missouri.
He died in 2013 in California.
Selected compositions[change | change source]
- Skating Waltz in Swing
- Swingin' in Vienna
- Kavallo's Kapers
- Windy River
- Dakota Polka
- Long Long Ago in Swing
- Minute Waltz in Swing
- Accordion Man Polka