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Norma Zimmer

Known as one of the "Champagne Ladies" of "The Lawrence Welk Orchestra" and a studio singer who worked with Frank Sinatra and other pop stars, has died. She was 87.
Zimmer died peacefully Tuesday at her Brea, Calif., home, Welk's son, Larry, said Wednesday. Larry Welk didn't know the cause of death but said Zimmer had been living an active life in recent years. Born as Norma Larsen on a dairy farm in Larson, Idaho, she grew up in Seattle after her father moved the family west. She was singing in a church choir when a guest artist suggested she travel to Los Angeles and audition for a musical group. When she turned 18, she did just that. In 1944 she married Randy Zimmer.
She sang with a succession of top vocal groups — the Norman Luboff Choir, the Pete King Chorale, and the Ken Darby Singers among them — and she appeared on most of the popular television variety shows during the 1950s.

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