The Lennon Sisters (1955 - 1968)
Renowned Sister Act An Iconic Fixture For A Generation of Fans
The Lennon Sisters charmed the nation with their sweet-voiced harmonies for 13 years on the Lawrence Welk Show. 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 hearts of millions of fans nationwide. That's why, as youngsters, they were dubbed "America's Sweethearts of Song" - and America still adores them today.
The Lennons Sisters consist of the following 5 sisters:
Peggy Lennon - Peggy Lennon retired in 1999 and today makes her home in the Los Angeles area and is remarried. Peggy was married to fellow Welk Trumpeter extraordinaire Dick Cathcart for many years.
Diane Lennon - Diane is the oldest sibling sister and retired in August 2000 and today lives in Branson, Mo.
Kathy Lennon - Kathy Lennon lives in Branson with her husband Jim and continues to perform with the group nationally. Kathy's previous marriage was to fellow Welk Saxophone player Mahlon Clark in the 1970's.
Janet Lennon - Janet Lennon lives in Branson with her husband John and continues to perform with the group nationally. In addition, all four of her children now make their home in Branson.
Mimi Lennon - Mimi Lennon lives in Branson and continues to perform with the group nationally.
After their well-received debut on the Lawrence Welk Christmas Show in 1955, the Sisters traveled extensively to make record-breaking personal appearances with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra or by themselves in every major U.S. city, as well as in the surrounding rural areas. They worked tirelessly at night clubs, state and county fairs, charity benefits, conventions, and for church and civic organizations.
On August 12, 1969, trajedy struck the Lennon Sisters after their father, William Lennon, was gunned down in the parking lot of the Marina Del Rey golf range. Lennon worked as a Golf Pro there when he was confronted by a deranged fan who was in love with Diane Lennon and had made previous threats against President Lyndon Johnson. The killer committed suicide before he could be caught.
In 1987, the Lennon Sisters were awarded a star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, immortalizing their popularity. In 1992, PBS aired the very well-received retrospective of the LennonSisters' career, "Easy to Remember", and in 1994, they became the featured performers at The Moon River Theater in Branson, Missouri, where they continue to perform, primarily during the Christmas Season. In addition, they maintain an active road show calendar, performing regularly at the Drury Lane Theater in Chicago, IL and the American Music Theater in Lancaster, PA.