Arthur Duncan Passes Away, Lawrence Welk Show, Famous Tap
The talented dancer Arthur Duncan, whose participation in one of Betty White’s early television programs led to a confrontation between White and southern censors, passed away on January 3.
He was 89.
Friends posted about Duncan’s passing on social media, and singer Ralna English said,
“We have lost another of our dear musical family. Not just for his outstanding performances on the Lawrence Welk program, but also for other accomplishments throughout his lengthy and brilliant career, Arthur Duncan is revered, acknowledged, and cherished.
“As a World War II veteran, Arthur will attend a military committal service at Riverside Memorial Veterans Cemetery on January 25 at 1:15 PM. Carol, his devoted wife, calls Arthur a “kind soul,” which he undoubtedly was.
This one hurts… I just saw a post saying that Arthur Duncan passed away on January 3, 2023. He was best known as the tap dancer on the Lawrence Welk Show. In 1954, he appeared on the Betty White Show and quickly became a regular. When Betty White was asked to fire him so that her show would appeal to audiences in the Jim Crow south, she refused and gave him more time on her show. This led to her show being canceled.
Arthur Duncan appeared in the movie “Tap” with Gregory Hines. I believe he was the last one left from the famous “CHALLENGE!” scene in that film.
You will be missed, sir! Rest in rhythm and peace.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the deceased’s family and friends, who have been struggling with the loss of such an intelligent and compassionate individual.