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Calcutta

“Calcutta” was a #1 instrumental hit for Lawrence Welk in 1961. The tune was written in 1958 by German composer Heino Gaze. The original title was “Tivoli Melody”, but it was re-titled several times, until it became known as “Calcutta”.

The Ventures released a version on their 1963  album The Ventures Play Telstar and the Lonely Bull. The Four Preps released a 45rpm single vocal version shortly after Welk’s recording in 1961 that briefly entered the Billboard Hot 100. There is also a French language cover by Petula Clark.

Dancers Bobby Burgess and Barbara Boylan, cast members on Welk’s weekly TV show, worked up a dance routine to go along with “Calcutta”, which they performed numerous times on the Welk show over the years. I borrowed some footage of this for my video.

January 26, 2017 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment


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