First Hit #1: February 13, 1961
Lawrence Welk’s music was known at one point as champagne music. I suppose that’s appropriate as anything, as Calcutta is the kind of song for a happy drinking montage. You know the kind, still images of people drinking on the beach and doing silly things, and then it gets steadily debauched in a comic manner, all set to happy Lawrence Welk and his happy harpsichord.
One thing this song is not is cool, and I don’t imagine it was even cool at the time. It’s very happy, funny and silly, and it has a certain appeal, but something so light and frothy will never be accepted by hip and edgy people. That doesn’t mean it can’t be fun in the right context, and cool is overrated anyway.