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The Lennon Sisters are an American vocal group initially made up of four sisters from a family that had six sisters in all, as well as five brothers. All 11 Lennon children were born in Los AngelesCalifornia. For thirteen years, from tothe group appeared regularly on The Lawrence Welk Showreceiving union scale wages. Inyounger sister Mimi born Miriam Theresa; October 16, replaced Peggy upon her retirement. Dianne has also since retired. Their parents married in early Their father, William Herbert Lennon worked as a milkman for many years before getting a job at a local golf course.
Their mother, Isabelle Emily "Sis" remained at home to care for the needs of her very large family. During their formative years, the family lived in Venice, Californiain a modest, two-bedroom home.
This included two parents, 11 children, and one grandmother. They were and are devout Roman Catholics and attended the Church of St. Mark, which is part of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Most, or all [ clarification needed ] of the children attended Catholic school. Many of their songs are either hymns or of a religious or spiritual nature. Welk was at home, sick in bed, when his son brought the sisters in to sing for him.
Welk was so impressed that he immediately booked them for that week's show. They were a mainstay on the show until they left to start a career of their own in The quartet became a trio from to ; eldest sister Dianne married, left the group, and then rejoined. Peggy sang the high harmony part, Kathy the low, and Janet and Dianne sang the middle and lead harmonies. Janet also specialized in barbershop or counter-harmony singing, taught to her by her father who performed during the big band era in a quartet with his own three brothers.
The girls idolized Patti Page 's multi-track vocal sound, feeling they achieved something close to her smooth blend in their Dot recording of "Stars Fell On Alabama". Kathy was especially fond of Connie Francisevident in her solo recording of "Malaguena", which showcased her impressive vocal range.
The sisters made no secret that they were huge fans of the innovative, intricate musical stylings of both The Andrews Sisters and The Mills Brothers. Their first hit, "Tonight, You Belong to Me" reached 15 on the charts in It was the only number 1 single of their career, reaching the top of the charts in Japan although only making it to 56 in on Arab Dance - 1 - Various - Voyages 6 in the United States.
Although much of the group's fame was based on their television appearances, they also recorded frequently for Dot Records in the s and s, producing a dozen albums, featuring their interpretations of well known standards such as "Among My Souvenirs", "Moon River", "Twilight Time", and many others. Several souvenir O Sole Mio - Domenico Modugno - La Nuova Canzone Italiana, such as coloring books, paper dolls and story books featuring the Lennon sisters, were produced.
However on August 12,six weeks before the premiere, tragedy struck the family. Lennon was 53 years old. The murderer, a delusional stalker named Chet Young, believed himself married to Peggy and was convinced that William Lennon stood in the way of his "marriage" to Peggy and had to be eliminated. Two months later, Young used the same weapon on himself to Rhinestone Cowboy - Various - Country Number Ones suicide.
The sisters discovered an unopened letter containing a cut out of their father, a picture of a gun pointed at his head, and the words "High Noon" the time of the murder.
In the s, the sisters performed regularly on The Andy Williams Showand toured with Green Leaves Of Summer - The Lennon Sisters - The Best Of The Lennon Sisters across the country, including engagements at Caesars Palace in Green Leaves Of Summer - The Lennon Sisters - The Best Of The Lennon Sisters Vegas.
When Peggy retired from singing inyounger sister Mimi took her place, and when Dianne left for a second time inthe act became a trio again for the rest of its run in Branson. While continuing to play tour dates, Kathy and Janet Lennon have branched out into the toy market, designing and selling a line of "Best Pals" dolls. In addition to the dolls, the sisters have recorded CDs of favorite children's songs for the "Best Pals" line. The four original Lennon Sisters wrote an autobiography entitled Same Song, Separate Voicesfirst published in with a new edition in A musical documentary based on the book was produced by Polly O.
Entertainment and American Public Television in and aired across the Whats On Your Mind (Expression) - Brass Construction - Whats On Your Mind (Expression) for several years. Two of their five brothers, Kipp and Pat Lennon, are members of the band Venicewhich also includes their cousins Michael and Mark Lennon.
The Lennon Sisters have frequented The Villagesthe world's largest retirement community, for shows. They last performed in The Villages on February 15, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Lennon Sisters in and This section needs expansion.
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