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Adolph Rupp, Lawrence Welk at Rupp Arena’s first concert, 1976

Posted on May 17, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Former Univeristy of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp, left, and musician and bandleader Lawrence Welk during the first first concert in Rupp Arena, Oct. 17, 1976. The concert featuring Welk and his orchestra, was attended by about 20,000 fans on a Sunday afternoon. Welk, then 73, and Rupp had been friends for many years. Welk, told the crowd that Rupp had promised him a chance to play at the opening of the arena named in his honor. He thanked Rupp and gave him a baton as a memento. Rupp died a little more than a year later, on Dec. 10, 1977. Welk died May 17, 1992. Click here to see more images from our archives of that concert. Photo by Chela Richardson | Staff

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