The Lennon Sisters Biography

In 1955, the Lennon sisters, Dianne aka Dee Dee (1 December 1939, Venice, California, USA), Peggy (b. 8 April 1941, Venice, California, USA), Kathy (b. 2 August 1943, Venice, California, USA) and Janet (b. 15 June 1946, Venice, California, USA) came to national attention in the USA as a featured vocal group - all scripted grinning and harmless fun - on light orchestral supremo Lawrence Welk’s weekly television show. It was through his influence that Coral Records and later Dot Records contracted the quartet. Catchy tunes with jaunty rhythms were the sisters’ speciality - as demonstrated in their cover (with accompaniment by Welk musicians) of the Patience And Prudence novelty, ‘Tonight You Belong To Me’, which reached number 15 in the Billboard Hot 100 in 1956. The Lennons’ second - and final - chart success was with the atypically downbeat choice of Sue Thompson’s ‘Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)’ in 1961. They continued to perform and record on an occasional basis in the following decades, with sibling Mimi (b. 16 October 1955, Venice, California, USA) joining the line-up from time to time. Peggy retired from performing in 1999 and her sister Dee Dee a year later.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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