“EARS & BUBBLES” – DANCING MY WAY FROM THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB TO THE LAWRENCE WELK SHOW
TV’s First Dancing Star, Bobby Burgess, Tells All in Nostalgic New Book
Bobby Burgess was television’s first ballroom dancing star. Put aside Dancing With the Stars, Bobby was cutting a rug with the samba, waltz, tango, jitterbug, and more as the featured dancer on The Lawrence Welk Show for 21 years from 1961 to 1982, then on Welk reruns airing on PBS thereafter and right up to this day. And before that, he was dancing up a storm as an original Mouseketeer on Walt Disney’s classic Mickey Mouse Club TV series. In fact, Bobby’s been dancing nearly his whole life and now he tells all in his behind-the-scenes book, “Ears & Bubbles – Dancing My Way from The Mickey Mouse Club to The Lawrence Welk Show.”
“I’ve had such a great life in the profession that I love…dancing,” said Burgess. “There have been so many adventures, great stories, showbiz gossip, and funny anecdotes that I’ve wanted to share with the people who grew up with me and this book tells it all.”
Burgess was recruited for The Mickey Mouse Club when he was just 13 years old and became one of the most popular Mouseketeers, best remembered for his dancing ability and great big smile. He was just 19 when he became a regular on the Welk Show and brought the styling’s of ballroom dance into millions of living rooms across the country every week. As Lawrence Welk once said, “I never had any trouble with Bobby because he was raised by Walt Disney.”
Learn what Annette was really like, how Welk built his empire on a handshake and family values and Burgess’ poignant, final meetings with his two showbiz fathers, Walt Disney and Lawrence Welk. Burgess’ humorous tales of traveling with the Welk troupe plus the inside scoop on his family life, world travels, and entrepreneurial pursuits make for a very entertaining and nostalgic walk down memory lane. Not to be missed is the laugh-out-loud chapter on “Welkisms.” Over four-dozen photos from Burgess’ personal photo album are also included.
“Ears & Bubbles – Dancing My Way from The Mickey Mouse Club to The Lawrence Welk Show,” published by Theme Park Press, is now available as a soft cover and an ebook on Amazon.com. It is also available for ordering through local bookstores nationwide.