Tanya Falan Welk, Singer (1967-1977)
Lawrence Welk's Daughter In Law Married Son Larry
Tanya Falan Welk, a vocalist formerly known as Tanya Falan, was born Tanya Marie Falappino on May 4, 1949 in Glendale, CA. Extremely talented at a young age, by the time she reached high school, Tanya could play the drums, sing a note, cello, bass, drums and xylophone. She even had sung in a rock band that did gigs at Disneyland. She joined the Welk show on New Year's Eve 1967.
Marriage To Larry Welk
Soon after, she caught the eye of Lawrence's son, Larry Jr., then the general manager for Welk's recording company, Ranwood Records. While Tanya was in the hospital with an appendicitis, Larry came to visit her. Always the practical joker, Larry brought her a dead plant, a canned ham and goldfish swimming in a plastic bag. After eight months, the two married on August 11, 1968 at a Hollywood Church. Tanya's best friend, Francini Fornacs was her maid of honor. Accompanying her were 10 bridesmaids including Cissy King, Andra Willis, Sandi Jensen, Sally Flynn Hart, Michele Mazurki, Danna Minerva, Margie Minerva, Carol Arribbio, Susan Coco and Marie Pence. Larry Welk's best man was Kenny King.
Tanya and Larry had three children together, Lawrence III, Kevin and Lisa. She remained with the show until 1977 and divorced in 1979. In 1979, she married childhood friend Kenny Roberts and had two children, Nicky and Kenny, Jr. Today, they live in La Tuna, CA. In addition to singing, she is also an accomplished interior designer.