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The Lennon Sisters

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The Lennon Sisters

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The Lennon Sisters are an American Institution.  Glamorous, yet unpretentious.  Sophisticated, yet  down-to-earth. Famous, yet approachable. No wonder America remains fascinated by The Lennon Sisters… America fell in love with them as the girls next door. For 13 years on The Lawrence Welk TV Show, The Lennon Sisters, Dianne, Peggy, Kathy and Janet, charmed the nation with their sweet-voiced harmonies. The combination of their extraordinary natural vocal talents, hard working professionalism, striking looks, unassuming personalities and strong family values has earned them a place in the homes of millions of fans nationwide. That’s why, as youngsters, they were dubbed “America’s Sweethearts of Song” – and America still adores them today.

After their well-received debut on The Welk Christmas Television Show in 1955, the Sisters traveled extensively making record-breaking personal appearances in every major U.S. city, as well as in the surrounding rural areas. The American public clamored for more. Merchandising tie-ins such as paper dolls, TV trays, Story Books, and coloring books – some of the first of their kind – became a  national phenomena. The country was enamored with the new celebrities who remained unaffected by all the attention and continued to maintain that the most important elements in their lives were their family and their faith in God. The Lennon sisters became role models for the young women everywhere. As the quintessential American Girls, they sang for seven United States Presidents -Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan – an achievement that few other performers can claim. They made guest appearances on virtually every variety show on television, ranging from The Mickey Mouse Club to The Ed Sullivan Show.

 Eventually, they earned their own television show on ABC network, “Jimmy Durante Presents The Lennon Sisters Hour.” The show attracted such top name guests stars as Sammy Davis, Jr., Bob Hope, Perry Como, George Burns, Bing Crosby, Glen Campbell and Andy Williams.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 In In the eighties, fans were delighted to learn that The Lennon Sisters continued to grow more beautiful with each decade and were singing better than ever, with increasingly intricate harmonies and sensitive interpretations of the works of such classic American composers as Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin and Duke Ellington. America’s Singing Sweethearts have transformed before our eyes into sophisticated ladies.

This transformation was documented in their 1989 quartet-authored memoir, “Same Song, Separate Voices”. Though the Lennon Sisters’ achieved numerous accomplishments and have had seemingly perfect lives – they have been through personal challenges and tragedy.  In 1969, fueled by movie magazine articles, an obsessed fan gunned down their father after months of stalking family members.  In the wake of that tragic event, the Lennon’s were resilient by maintaining their love for one another and strong belief in their faith.   The book gave the public new insight into the unique, personal struggles each has faced – and the challenges of four distinct individuals whose blend as a single unit is the charm of their professionally identity and success.

When the text was published, the television talk show circuit eagerly booked The Lennon Sisters and learned that their show now included solo numbers that reflect their own individual styles and personalities. The Lennon Sisters became regular guests on many game shows and Late Night Talk shows. They have been the inspiration for questions in such mainstream American game shows as Jeopardy, Family Feud, PEOPLE magazine crossword puzzle, and Trivial Pursuit.  Recently, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE has had a re-occurring skit spoofing The Lennon Sisters  .

In 1987, The Lennon Sisters were awarded their own Star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, immortalizing their popularity.

In 1994, they became the featured performers at The Welk Resort Theatre in Branson, Missouri.

After sister  Peggy’s retirement in 1999, sister Mimi Lennon rejoined her sisters Dee Dee, Kathy and Janet in The Lennon Sisters foursome. Lennon fans will recall seeing younger sister Mimi, an accomplished studio singer and natural comedienne, performing as a Lennon Sister from 1970-1975. Mimi’s TV appearances include The Lawrence Welk Show, American Music Awards, and the Mac Davis Show, and her stage credits include Caesar’s Palace and Sahara Tahoe with Andy Williams, and Circle Star Theatre in San Francisco.

In 2000, younger sister Mimi continued singing with Kathy and Janet, after Dianne also retired, and the Lennon sound continued without change.

Now, The Lennon Sisters, Kathy, Janet & Mimi, continue to perform their distinctive harmonies for special concerts at Performing Arts Centers across the USA, and this year, in Branson, Mo., are proud to be presenting their 21st annual Christmas Show, with The OSMOND BROTHERS, at Andy Williams’  famous “ Moon River Theatre”.

In 2012, The Lennons were honored with an exciting career retrospective TV Special, which aired on PBS, called “Same Song Separate Voices”.   Their instant stardom has lasted over 55 years.

 

 

 

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