The “Champagne Lady”–a fixture on “The Lawrence Welk Show” for many years who also sang on recordings by Frank Sinatra and others–has died, the AP reported. Norma Zimmer was 87.
She died Tuesday at her home in Brea, Calif., according to Larry Welk, Lawrence Welk’s son.
"She was one of the most gracious, likable people that anyone could ever meet. The other people on the show, to this day, just respect and love her," Larry Welk said, adding that Zimmer had been active in recent years.
According to the AP story: “Zimmer performed on Welk’s network and later syndicated show from 1960 to 1982 as the ‘Champagne Lady,’ the title Welk traditionally gave to his orchestra’s lead female singer. Zimmer sang solos, duets with Jimmy Roberts and waltzed with Welk to the strains of his effervescent dance tunes tagged ‘champagne music.’
“She appeared on the orchestra’s public TV specials that have aired (along with repeats of the series) since 1987. Zimmer took part in a tribute to Welk and his show held earlier this year at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.”
Norma Zimmer with Lawrence Welk: