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Where there any gay Lawrence Welk cast members?

I heard a rumor once about Arthur Duncan.

by Anonymousreply 49November 23, 2022 11:33 PM

Tom Netherton was (is?) So Very Gay that Lawrence Welk himself could not refrain from making a bitchy observation that Tom was "a big hit, and NOT JUST WIT' THE LADIES." I actually saw this on PBS and the BF and I laughed our asses off. What an evil old cunt Welk was.

by Anonymousreply 1November 20, 2022 12:51 AM

Just all the Lennon Sisters.

by Anonymousreply 2November 20, 2022 12:51 AM

Tank you, tank you. Now the lovely Bobby and Cissy. To av-Oyd any Con-fus-ion, Cissy is the one wearin' the dress.

by Anonymousreply 3November 20, 2022 12:52 AM

Norma Zimmer loved the man-sex. She used to visit gay baths in NYC and cheer on the men, especially those who were engaged in group sex. Actually, she was the only woman who I ever saw at the baths.

If we asked, she would always sing. She always said that she thought Bette Midler was a vulgar slut who only would do anything for money. Norma, unlike Bette, was a true friend of the gays.

Believe me, I often heard Norma crooning as I was being penetrated, even double-penetrated, by many hot guys.

by Anonymousreply 4November 20, 2022 12:53 AM

Tom Netherton

by Anonymousreply 5November 20, 2022 1:06 AM

Tom Netherton was very handsome in a wholesome kind of way, but his singing defined bland.

I have a copy of his autobiography which I think was written about 30 years ago, and he says that he loves women but that he hadn't found the right girl yet.

I guess we can all do the math.

by Anonymousreply 6November 20, 2022 1:07 AM

I knew as a kid that Tom Netherton was a big old 'mo. That perfect laquered hair. The way he moved his mouth when he sang those cheesy songs. He was a total cheeseball PARODY of himself and the clown didn't even know it. He was an SNL skit character. He was just SO in love with the sound of his own treacly voice. He was a sitcom character. Handsome, yes. But THE ultimate example of a cheesy 70's/80's closet case. I have met a hundred of them throughout my life, usually doing musical theatre.

by Anonymousreply 7November 20, 2022 1:08 AM

Tom died in 2018, at age 70. Never married.

by Anonymousreply 8November 20, 2022 1:11 AM

Tom Netherton used to sweat so much on the show that I'm surprised he didn't get electrocuted by the microphone. He was also the only performer on the show that I ever saw go up on his lyrics (ironically, it was "Young at Heart" which begins, "Fairy tales can come true..." and then he froze and went, "buh-buh-buh-buh." He forgot more lyrics later in the song. Kathie Lee outed him in her autobiography when she wrote about her first husband, who was gay and "lived with a gay performer on the Lawrence Welk Show."

I don't know if there were any other gays on the show, but piano player Bob Ralston was married to the harshest looking Dutch lady you ever saw. He later went to prison for molesting one of his young male piano students, but he's out of prison now and apparently nobody on the show holds it against him, as he frequently appears on Welk reunion specials.

If you watch the PBS rebroadcasts and reunion shows, it's a little sad to see these performers today. They were famous for the brief time they appeared on the show and now have to base their entire careers on their status as a "former Welk star" as they appear on cruise ships, small nightclubs, etc. And they are all trying to find ways to make more money. Ken Delo sells hypnosis tapes and a self-published novel; the Lennons sell dolls; Ava Barber opened a sandwich shop, etc., etc.

by Anonymousreply 9November 20, 2022 1:11 AM

Joanne Castle looked like a woman who'd ignore your safe word.

by Anonymousreply 10November 20, 2022 1:19 AM

Netherton was very religious. This is a good 3-part interview he did in 2003. He always seemed so plastic on the show, but he comes across as a real person here. The interviewer sucks though.

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by Anonymousreply 11November 20, 2022 1:22 AM

Netherton is mentioned towards the end of this article about Kathy Lee Gifford’s autobiography.

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by Anonymousreply 12November 20, 2022 1:32 AM

Was Tom the bleached blond guy? If so, he's the guy who had the affair with Kathie Lee's first husband (the christian record producer).

by Anonymousreply 13November 20, 2022 1:40 AM

Has anyone mentioned Tom Netherton yet?

Has anyone yet mentioned he had an affair with Kathie Lee Gifford's first husband?

by Anonymousreply 14November 20, 2022 1:59 AM

BEARKING: I heard that Gay Tom Netherton lived with Kathie Lee Gifford's gay first husband!

by Anonymousreply 15November 20, 2022 2:01 AM

To compliment the Champagne Lady a Popper’s Gentleman was proposed, but the series was canceled before he could be implemented.

by Anonymousreply 16November 20, 2022 2:19 AM

Myron Floren fingered me like an accordion! And I loved every minute of it!

by Anonymousreply 17November 20, 2022 2:30 AM

Yes, Tom Netherton pinged to high heaven as soon as I first saw him. There must have been others.

by Anonymousreply 18November 20, 2022 2:33 AM

R10 Marry me!

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by Anonymousreply 19November 20, 2022 2:39 AM

[quote] BEARKING: I heard that Gay Tom Netherton lived with Kathie Lee Gifford's gay first husband!

🐻 👑

by Anonymousreply 20November 20, 2022 2:42 AM

I'm sure Paul Lynde, Rock Hudson, Liberace, and Robert Reed all had Tom Netherton.

by Anonymousreply 21November 20, 2022 2:55 AM

Netherton found religion while in the military. He truly couldn’t find the right girl—-he once was on “The Dating Game”.

by Anonymousreply 22November 20, 2022 3:08 AM

The Champagne Lady's nick name was The Cunnilingual Gal.

by Anonymousreply 23November 20, 2022 3:08 AM

I always wondered about Aladdin, as well as Arthur Duncan, who is still alive and about him little info can be found regarding his personal life.

by Anonymousreply 24November 20, 2022 3:10 AM

Dooneese Maharelle

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by Anonymousreply 25November 20, 2022 3:12 AM

Netherton never gave bjs because he hated when anybody touched his hair.

Pass around bottom, that one.

by Anonymousreply 26November 20, 2022 1:29 PM

R25, that the only Wiig character I like. Otherwise I can't stand her.

by Anonymousreply 27November 20, 2022 1:30 PM

Castle's first album "Accordion in Hi-Fi" is on the net.

She actually looked normal. Of course this was before the Welk stylists got ahold of her.

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by Anonymousreply 28November 20, 2022 1:33 PM

Kathie Lee Gifford outed Tom Netherton.

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by Anonymousreply 29November 20, 2022 1:41 PM

The one who was in the Mouseketeers before Lawrence Welk- he was SUPER GAY

by Anonymousreply 30November 20, 2022 1:48 PM

Bobbie Burgess the dancer.

by Anonymousreply 31November 20, 2022 2:28 PM

[quote] The one who was in the Mouseketeers before Lawrence Welk- he was SUPER GAY

My Bobby is NOT gay!

by Anonymousreply 32November 21, 2022 9:02 PM

And there was Bill Page from the early years. He played something like 11 reeds. I remember seeing him do a waterskiing spread in a movie magazine and he was so hot with a beautiful hairy chest and belly.

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by Anonymousreply 33November 21, 2022 10:12 PM

Jo Ann Castle was a HUGE mess ... literally.

Besides the drinking, the drugs, the weight gain, she protected a husband's pedophilia and may have had something to do with burning down her club for insurance purposes.

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by Anonymousreply 34November 21, 2022 10:45 PM

Guy & Ralna. I'm thinking double lavender marriage.

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by Anonymousreply 35November 21, 2022 11:07 PM

I wondered about the Otwell Twins.

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by Anonymousreply 36November 21, 2022 11:18 PM

[quote]Just all the Lennon Sisters.

weren't they mobster's molls? or what that the mcguires?

by Anonymousreply 37November 21, 2022 11:34 PM

Welk didn't care if you were gay, black or a satanist, as long as you didn't fuck up his show and stop the money from rollin' in

by Anonymousreply 38November 21, 2022 11:36 PM

[quote] Norma Zimmer loved the man-sex. She used to visit gay baths in NYC and cheer on the men, especially those who were engaged in group sex.

She shouldn't have been permitted to be there.

by Anonymousreply 39November 21, 2022 11:46 PM

R29 , that blog stinks of some kind of eldergay DLer having fun with dead vintage celebrities. It doesn't discount obviously what happened, but it makes me uncomfortable knowing that these 'innocent' shows had a lot of bad shit going on behind the scenes. The more innocuous, the more suspicious. My parents, in their sixties, tell me they find the LW show creepy. And it looks like I know why now.

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by Anonymousreply 40November 22, 2022 12:15 AM

[quote] weren't they mobster's molls? or what that the mcguires?

Phyllis McGuire.

by Anonymousreply 41November 22, 2022 12:41 AM

The Otwell twins look like more retarded Osmonds. Jimmy almost looks smart compared to them.

by Anonymousreply 42November 22, 2022 12:58 AM

When I was a kid. I thought Lawrence Welk was gay. In sort of a Mr Rogers confusing way.

by Anonymousreply 43November 22, 2022 1:06 AM

In the early days, someone pulled Lawrence aside and told him to stop acting like Liberace.

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by Anonymousreply 44November 23, 2022 9:58 PM

Grab the Kleenex, gurls

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by Anonymousreply 45November 23, 2022 10:14 PM

Netherton on why he never married, “It is better to have loved and lost than be married and bossed!”

by Anonymousreply 46November 23, 2022 10:18 PM

So he's the bossy bottom?

by Anonymousreply 47November 23, 2022 10:36 PM

[quote]I often heard Norma crooning as I was being penetrated, even double-penetrated, by many hot guys.

Then you were doing it wrong.

by Anonymousreply 48November 23, 2022 10:39 PM

That’s quite the clip of Tom at R45.

by Anonymousreply 49November 23, 2022 11:33 PM
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