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2014 Bobby Burgess
Mouseketeer Bobby Burgess started performing at age five, which included dancing, singing and playing the accordion. In 1955 he was selected as one of the original cast members of The Mickey Mouse Club, and was one of the most prominent performers throughout the show’s three-year run.
Bobby was one of the best male dancers on the show and consequently took part in most musical numbers. He was one of the oldest in the cast – and at just over six feet tall also the tallest -- and because he was willing to try anything the directors gave him more physical challenges than the other kids. That first year he jumped off a high wall while wearing a head-covering Humpty-Dumpty costume for Do-Mi-So; in Cooking with Minnie Mouse he had to dance and roll backwards across a table. He even rode a unicycle for a Circus Day show.
As he grew older many viewers wrote to ask if Bobby was related to Jimmie Dodd. There was a faint resemblance, at least on TV. They did two song and dance numbers together as a father-son routine for a third season show. Bobby was slated to play the Scarecrow in the projected Disney film The Rainbow Road to Oz, and did a Disneyland episode in which he and Doreen Tracey danced to some of the music written for the film.
Post-Mouseketeers, Bobby is best known as one of the stars of The Lawrence Welk Show. Bobby appeared on the show for 20 years, during which he was paired with several other dancers. The most successful of those pairings was his work with Cissy King.
Bobby published his autobiography, Ears and Bubbles: Dancing My Way From the Mickey Mouse Club to The Lawrence Welk Show, in 2014.