Norma Zimmer (AP Photo)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The "Champagne Lady" of television's "The Lawrence Welk Show" has died. Norma Zimmer was 87.
Welk's son, Larry, said that Zimmer died peacefully Tuesday at her Brea, Calif., home. Larry Welk didn't know the cause of death.
Zimmer performed on Lawrence Welk's music show from 1960 to 1982 as the "Champagne Lady," the title Welk traditionally had given his lead female singer. Zimmer sang with Welk's orchestra and waltzed with him to the strains of his effervescent dance tunes tagged as "champagne music."
She also appeared on the orchestra's public TV specials that have aired since 1987. Lawrence Welk died in 1992.
Funeral arrangements for Zimmer were pending.
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