Public Figure Profiles

Johnny Klein

John A. Klein, Jr. (June 4, 1918 – January 31, 1997) was an American musician who played drums for the Lawrence Welk orchestra from 1951 to 1976 and on The Lawrence Welk Show from 1955 to 1976. He was also Welk's second cousin.

Born in Strasburg, North Dakota, Klein was the son of German-Russian parents and the oldest of five children. It was during his early years that he took up music, especially the drums, which he played with several area bands. Upon graduating from high school in 1936, Johnny first enrolled at the University of North Dakota. Later he enrolled at the University of Missouri, where he graduated with both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters Degree in Music Education. He also served in the Army during World War II.

In 1951, while Klein was studying for his master's degree in Columbia, Missouri, Welk and his orchestra came to St. Louis, Missouri for an engagement. Welk encouraged his cousin to try out for his band, which he accepted.

For the next twenty-five years, in addition to being featured drummer, Klein was the band's equipment manager and the driver of the band truck while out on tour. However, ill health due to a bleeding ulcer forced him to step down full-time in 1976. After a recovering, he served as Welk's music librarian with the organization. He also continued to perform as well, often playing for the Sunday Swing at the Welk Resort in Escondido with a group called the Journeymen and with other clubs until his retirement in the 1990s.

He died in 1997 after a brief illness in Torrance, California.

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Some of their strengths

Johnny Klein has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Artistic, Charming, Passionate, Optimistic, Confident, Extroverted, and Determined.

Charming and Quick-witted

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Johnny Klein is someone who is a charming, quick-witted, and energetic person who combines passion and intelligence with an ability to feel what others are feeling and to effectively communicate with them. A person who defines themself by their friends and what groups they belong to.

Soulful and Intuitive

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Johnny Klein well know them as someone who can be graceful, romantic, and reserved, like gentle rain.

Independent and Organized

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Johnny Klein as someone who is independent, organized, inventive, and generous.

A person who is curious and a loves learning, who seems to always know what to say, who has an optimism that can overcome any difficult situation, and who seems to be able to master almost any skill.

Social and Intuitive

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Johnny Klein is someone who values forming deep friendships and relationships, and who has strong intuition and reasoning skills .

They are also someone who is charismatic, compassionate, and understanding, and who is interested in expressing themselves through writing, public speaking, or teaching.

Logical and Reasonable

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Johnny Klein tends to be someone who is understanding, logical, and reasonable. Who can be intellectual and intuitive, speak the truth at any cost, be witty and sociable, and live life to its fullest.

Some of Johnny Klein's challenges

While Johnny Klein has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Johnny Klein can be Hypocritical, Self-centered, Stubborn, Idle, Arrogant, Status-seeking, and Domineering.

Hypocritical and Self-centered

One of Johnny Klein's key challenges is that they are someone who can be perceived as hypocritical and self-centered.

Johnny Klein must also exercise caution as they can be short-tempered and aggressive.

Domineering and Impatient

Johnny Klein is someone who can be demanding, egotistical, and controlling, can have a lack of judgment regarding personal finances, be argumentative and stubborn, and who can have a tendency to be withdrawn and spend time in self-imposed isolation.

Indecisive and Distracted

Finally, Johnny Klein also can have a hard time staying focused and can easily become restless.

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