- Myron Floren is a highly recognized name in the
entertainment world besides his relationship to
He was born and raised on a farm in Day County,
South Dakota. His interest in the accordion
began after hearing a neighbor play at the
house parties that the farmers usually had on
Saturday night. While still in school he
started in radio on KSOO in Sioux Falls,
At KSOO he played an early morning show that
featured many of the familiar waltzes and polkas
of both Polish and Scandinavian origin.
As his career progressed he entertained in
Camp Shows from 1944 to 1945 in World War II in
the European Theatre.
In 1946 he joined the country group, the Buckeye
Four, in St. Louis and played with them on the
Mutual Radio Network from 1946 to 1950. Also in
St. Louis in 1948 he started in television on KSD-TV.
His most famous association was with the Lawrence
Welk Big Band, which he joined in 1950. He spent a
year on the road doing one-nighters across the country
and landed in California in 1951.
There they did a few shows on KTLA-TV. The reaction
was so great that they did another four years for them
and then went network in 1955. The show was then a
weekly edition until June of 1981. There are still
about two hundred stations on PBS carrying the show
on a weekly basis.
The Lawrence Welk Show featured Myron playing many polkas.
According to Mr. Floren, "I guess we did one practically
every week. I even remember an instance where we were
saluting Duke Ellington and Lawrence added a polka just
Myron and his wife lived in California.
All of their five daughters are grown, and four have
families of their own. The Floren's also have seven
He performed with the Jimmy Sturr Band on a regular basis.
Myron died in July 2005 at age 85.
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