In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
They were a young, crisply harmonic quartet of sisters who called themselves simply The Lennon Sisters and they made their singing TV debut in 1955 on Lawrence Welk's old-fashioned variety show with sixteen-year-old Dianne (Dee Dee), fourteen-year-old Peggy, twelve-year-old Kathy, and nine-year-old Janet Lennon on board. Their a cappella version of "He" proved a scene-stealing success and America fell hard for these four attractive little innocents and their angelic blend. Welk professionally adopted the girls and The Lennon Sisters became regulars on his show every Saturday night for the next thirteen years. Dubbed "America's Sweethearts of Song," they recorded their first of many albums entitled "Let's Get Acquainted" in May of 1957. So popular were the girls that they became a merchandising factory with coloring books, lunch boxes and doll collections all doing very brisk business.
Diane retired for marriage in 1960 and the quartet became a trio until Diane's return in 1964. In 1968, the fully adult sister group decided to leave the security of the Welk show (the parting was acrimonious) in order to branch out, but they found the going extremely difficult. Although they started off promisingly enough in their own sweetly sentimental musical variety show with "Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour," the pairing of Durante and the girls were an odd mixture and the show lasted only a season. In the early 70s, The Lennon Sisters became regular guests of Andy Williams and his television show and subsequently performed with him in Las Vegas on a frequent basis. Talent notwithstanding, The Lennon Sisters became a hard act to book -- a pristine Camelot Era vocal group trapped in a radical Vietnam Era age. With a repertoire of songs that could include "My Favorite Things," "Getting to Know You" and "Zip A Dee-Doo-Dah," they were painfully out of sync. So in the 70s and 80s the girls spent more time on the road while sustaining at state fairs, charity benefits and convention halls. Broaching on a five-decade career, they eventually found a steady home again in Branson, Missouri, at (where else?) the Welk Champagne Theatre where they continue to charm loyal, nostalgic, highly enthusiastic crowds.
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Review: This orchestrally-accompanied, digitally edited and mastered 1994 recording features the 4 Lennon Sisters, Peggy, DeeDee, Kathy and Janet, and their brothers and sisters, children and even Peggy's husband, Dick Cathcart. There are officially 14 songs, but actually many more with a pair of 4-song Christmas Medleys. In addition to those chestnuts, we have a nice "Drummer Boy" and "O Holy Night" and the spiritual "Beautiful City;" but there are a number of tunes we haven't heard, like "Christmas Day," "Thank You For Your Love," "The Best Gift," "Lullaby of Love," "Baby's First Christmas," "Christmas Pictures Talk" and the exuberant and fairly silly "Turkey Lurkey." It's clear that the Lennons and all their relations are blessed with beautiful voices, and that they all had great fun doing this recording together!
Songlist: Christmas Medley, Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Christmas Song/Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Christmas Day, Beautiful City, Thank You For Your Love, The Best Gift, Lullaby Of Love, Baby's First Christmas, Christmas Pictures Talk, Turkey Lurkey, Christmas Medley, Deck The Halls, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Joy To The World, Merry Christmas From Our House, Drummer Boy
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Songlist: My Favorite Things, Greensleeves, I Will Wait For You, Goin' Out Of My Head, Scarborough Fair, Fascination, Ave Maria, You'll Never Walk Alone, Sentimental Journey
Review: Recorded in 1959 this is the Sister's first Christmas recording and one they have fond memories of. The lovely cover photo of the fresh-faced teens in velvet red dresses is of the age of when "Little Janet" singing "I Saw Mama Kissin Santa Claus" was a highlight of the legendary Lawrence Welk Christmas shows. "Winter Wonderland" was one of the very first songs the girls sang for Welk at a charity event and which led to their later frequent appearances on his show. This reissue is a classic and adds a wonderful touch of nostaligia to the season.
Songlist: Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Little Drummer Boy, Christmas Island, Adeste Fideles, I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Silent Night, White Christmas, Jingle Bells, Away In A Manger, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Winter Wonderland , O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Joy To The World, I'll Be Home For Christmas
Review: From their first 1955 appearance on the Lawrence Welk Show as 9- (Janet) to 16-year olds (Dee Dee) singing an a cappella "He," America fell in love with the 4 Lennon Sisters. For 13 years of Saturday nights, they appeared on the Welk show before, as grown women, they finally broke with him to do their own "The Lennon Sisters Hour" from 1969 to 1970. "Favorite" is the first of 4 CDs of "best of" songs from this show there are 10 songs, and a lot of warm memories for Lennon fans here. "May We Wish You Well," the show's theme song, the sweet "Simple Life," "Softly," "Love In A Home," "Can't Take That Away From Me," and "Bless This House." We particularly liked the production medley "One Way Ticket/Grass Is Always Greener," the jazzy "Pennies from Heaven," "Let Go," and "Walt Disney Medley" (the Sisters' "Hi to You" and "Mickey Mouse Mambo," from a guest spot on the Mickey Mouse Club, was their first recording). America's Angels in top form!
Songlist: May We Wish You Well, Simple Life, Softly, One Way Ticket / Grass is Always Greener, Pennies from Heaven, Love In A Home, Can't Take That Away From Me, Let Go, Walt Disney Medley, Bless This House
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Songlist: Wonderful, Wonderful, They Say It's Wonderful, Love Is Just Around The Corner, My Cup Runneth Over, Feelin' Good, Medley (Far Away Places), Where Or When, Watch What Happens, Smile, If My Friends Could See Me Now
Review: More classic songs.
Songlist: This A Lovely Way, Finian's Rainbow Medley, Look For The Silver Lining / I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, Taste of Honey, The Spiritual Medley, Ain't Misbehavin', That's All, S'Wonderful, Windmills of my Mind, May We Wish You Well
Songlist: Baubles, Bangles and Beads, Easy to Remember, Meetin' Here Tonight, Hey Mr. Banjo, Paper Moon, More, Breezin' Along With The Breeze, Heather On The Hill, Pass Me By, Medley: The Very Thought of You/I'm Glad There Is You, This Is My Lucky Day
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Songlist: Pick Yourself Up, Miami Medley, Love Is A Very Light Thing, Kentucky Babe, Ain't We Got Fun, You Go To My Head, Canadian Sunset, In The Still Of The Night, Walk Right In, I Can Dream Can't I & I'll See You In My Dreams, You're Undecided Now
Review: OK, we admit we had a thing for the Lennon Sisters when growing up, especially Janet. And all these songs are accompanied, possibly by Lawrence Welk himself, and the orchestra. That said, this CD is as corny, sentimental and wonderful as any Christmas CD we've ever heard! The sisters sing these 12 standards ("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "Do You Hear What I Hear," "White Christmas," "Lullaby For Christmas Eve," "Home for the Holidays," "What Child Is This," "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire), "Oh, Holy Night," etc.) as brightly and sweetly (and with as perfect enunciation) as you could possibly imagine. Just tuck us in, leave the cookies and milk for Santa by the fire, put on this CD and we're set for that long winter's night!
Songlist: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Do You Here What I Hear, White Christmas, The Christmas Waltz, Lullaby For Christmas Eve, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On A Open Fire), Home For The Holidays, Oh, Holy Night, Blue Christmas, What Child Is This, The Star Carol, The First Noel
Battle Hymn Of The Republic
Review: When the Lawrence Welk Show was no longer on prime time, The Lennon Sisters didn't stop singing, or, judging by the cover of this "22 Songs," looking beautiful! This is another of those wonderful compilations, where you get 2 albums worth of songs on a single regular-priced CD, issued on Ranwood Records, "A Welk Music Group Company," in the early 80s. The butter-smooth, sweet-harmonied sound of the Sisters hasn't faded a bit on these 22 lightly piano-accompanied songs. "Walk With Me," "Softly and Tenderly," "How Great Thou Art" (a personal favorite), "Ave Maria," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "The Old Rugged Cross," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Holy, Holy, Holy," "Faith of Our Fathers"--each song is a perfect gem, sung by the legendary Lennon Sisters. Enjoy and be inspired!
Songlist: Walk With Me, Softly And Tenderly, How Great Thou Art, I Believe, Ave Maria, Were You There, You'll Never Walk Alone, Wedding Song, Jesus You Are My Friend, The Old Rugged Cross, Battle Hymn Of The Republic, My Tribute, Soul Of My Savior, Holy, Holy, Holy, Let Us Break Bread, In This Very Room, Amazing Grace, Unfailing Love, Old Time Religion, Eternal Life, Faith Of Our Fathers, The Lord's Prayer
Vaya Con Dios
Review: The smooth, blended harmonies of the Lennon Sisters, their discovery by Lawrence Welk and their many appearances on his show and Andy Williams', all these things you know. Well, here are 18 (accompanied) songs, the "best of " the Lennon Sisters. Smooth and sweet, slightly jazzy at times - this is happy music, slow-dancing music. Included are several wonderful 50s pictures of the girls, in costume and with Welk, and sweet little remembrances about each song by Kathy Lennon. "Sentimental Journey," "Anniversary Song," "You Made Me Love You," "Scarlet Ribbons," "Fascination" and a personal favorite, "Theme From 'A Summer Place." You get the picture - the Sisters harmonize even sweeter than you remember or could imagine!
Songlist: Sentimental Journey, Anniversary Song, You Made Me Love You, Scarlet Ribbons, Vaya Con Dios, When I Fall In Love, There I've Said It Again, Greensleeves, Now Is The Hour, Melody of Love, This Is My Song, Fascination, Theme From a Summer Place, You Are So Beautiful, Can't Help Falling In Love, Scarborough Fair, Autumn Leaves, You'll Never Walk Alone
Review: From the moment the Lennon Sisters appear on the screen till the close of this extraordinary special, you'll be enthralled with this nostalgic 1992 compilation hosted by "America's Sweetheart of Song". Dianne, Peggy, Kathy and Janet have chosen achival black & white footage from their early days on the Welk show and recent footage from a variety of "old haunts" at the Santa Monica Pier, their family Victorian home and St. Monica's High School. They recall highly personal backstage memories and full-scale production numbers featuring such Welk stars as Larry Hooper, Myron Floren and Pete Fountain. It's superb entertainment form the glory days of television. Running time 85 minutes