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The original Mickey Mouse Club was a bit before my time (though I did recently find a really cool Mickey Mouse Club t-shirt that I like to wear), but I literally grew up on the Lawrence Welk show. It was an every weekend occurrence in our home. So, when I was sent this book from Theme Park Press to review, I was excited to read it. Now, I’ll share my thoughts with you . . .
About Ears & Bubbles
Dancing for Mickey and the Maestro
Bobby Burgess, known to generations of fans as a Mouseketeer on the original Mickey Mouse Club and then as a dancing star on The Lawrence Welk Show, recounts his eventful life in this official autobiography full of humorous, heartwarming tales and behind-the-scenes showbiz stories.
You’ll meet Bobby’s fellow Mouseketeers as well as the all-important people in back of the Mouse-ka-Camera, including Mrs. Seaman, who taught the Mouseketeers in the Red Schoolhouse on the Studio lot between film shoots and rehearsals, and “Jack the Clanker”, whose romantic designs on Annette Funicello brought out the beast in her protective parents.
Then, Bobby takes you from the Mouse to the Maestro, from the “ears” to the “bubbles”, as he becomes one of the leading performers on The Lawrence Welk Show, and shares his memorable encounters with the Hollywood elite, his fellow Welk dancers and musicians, and the often eccentric fans who enlivened the show’s national tours.
In Ears & Bubbles, you’ll share the feel-good moments of Bobby’s life, including:
- Skyrocketing to fame on the Mickey Mouse Club, and how rock ‘n’ roll was instrumental in getting Bobby his ears
- Landing a lifetime gig on the Lawrence Welk Show, and how Welk built an empire on the basis of a handshake and family values
- Finding success as a businessman with the Burgess Cotillions, and enjoying new happiness as a father and grandfather
- Bobby’s poignant, final meetings with his two showbiz fathers, Walt Disney and Lawrence Welk
- Plus over four dozen photos from Bobby’s personal albums
Put on your ears—and your dancing shoes—and join Bobby Burgess on a family-friendly, up-tempo journey from ears to bubbles!
About Bobby Burgess
Bobby Burgess got his start in show business on Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club in 1955, and then starred on The Lawrence Welk Show for over two decades, marrying bandleader Myron Floren’s daughter. Today, he operates the Burgess Cotillion, where children can learn ballroom dance, manners, and etiquette. He still appears at events nationwide for The Disney Company and The Lawrence Welk Show.
Heidi Says. . .
I really, really enjoyed this book. While I stated that the original Mickey Mouse Club was before my time, I do remember watching re-runs of it as a child. And I loved watching the dancers and singers on Lawrence Welk. I remember Bobby well. I remember being mesmerized by his dancing.
It was really fun to read this book and get a “back stage pass,” if you will, to both the Mickey Mouse Club and the Lawrence Welk show. It was fun learning what it was like to work for both of these famous men.
I also enjoyed learning more about Bobby’s personal life – his family, his travels, and what he’s doing today. I enjoyed the stories he shared about his co-workers, and the updates on their lives. I am a bit envious of the connections that were made on both shows and the closeness they still experience to this day!
I found some old videos that I thought would be fun to share along with this review. ENJOY!
I’m telling you, if you’re a fan of Bobby’s, or you loved the Mickey Mouse Club and/or Lawrence Welk, you will REALLY appreciate this book. You can learn more about it at the Theme Park Press website, including an excerpt that you can read, and links to purchase the book in print or Kindle editions.
Watch for reviews of Service with Character & Who’s Afraid of the Song of the South, COMING SOON!
***This post made possible by Theme Park Press.***