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"Jack Imel: My Years with Lawrence Welk as a Tap Dancing Marimba Player" Book

Information about Jack Imel's tap dancing book entitled "Jack Imel: My Years with Lawrence Welk as a Tap Dancing Marimba Player" .

TITLE: Jack Imel: My Years with Lawrence Welk as a Tap Dancing Marimba Player
AUTHOR: Jack Imel
PUBLISHER: CreateSpace
DATE PUBLISHED: November 21, 2013
NUMBER OF PAGES: 172
DIMENSIONS: 6 by 0.4 by 9 inches
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PUBLISHER'S BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Are you one of the millions of devoted fans who faithfully watch The Lawrence Welk Show at six o’clock on Saturday night? Then you surely remember Jack Imel, the tap-dancing marimba player who charmed the audience with his musical talent, comedic appeal, and handsome good looks. After a long and lively career in show business that began when he was just a small-town youngster from Portland, Indiana, Jack reluctantly decided it was probably time to retire at the age of 76. In this book, he shares a lifetime of amusing stories that take you behind the scenes with the beloved Welk Family of Musicians and on the road with a bizarre assortment of performers such as Captain Astronaut, Tonka the Lion, and Cannonball Jones. Jack Imel loves life, and his enjoyment shines through in this delightful memoir. Like the lyrics suggest from his signature song "Old Bones": Oh yes, he’d like to do it all again.
PUBLISHER'S AUTHOR PROFILE:
You could almost say that Jack Imel was born dancing. He started lessons when he was four years old and soon showed so much promise that his mother entered her cute little kid in a talent contest. He did pretty well, too, but his tap dancing was lost on the radio-listening audience. That early defeat inspired the novel idea of tap dancing and playing a marimba at the same time. Who could have dreamed that it would lead to a career in show business that endured for more than seven decades? Jack’s unique talent took him to the Horace Heidt Show, the Navy School of Music, The Lawrence Welk Show, the Champagne Theatre in Branson, cruise ships around the world, and touring the country doing one-nighters. He became associate producer of the Welk Show on Saturday night television and produced all their summer touring performances. You might also remember Jack as the rear end of an elephant or a donkey in some of the Welk skits. From his hometown of Portland, Indiana, to venues all around the world, Jack Imel has entertained millions of fans. So it was with a certain degree of reluctance that this tap-dancing marimba player finally decided to step out of the limelight and retire at the age of 76! He lives in Springville, California, with his lovely, high-school-sweetheart wife, Norma.



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