The Lennon Sisters are a Los Angeles singing group that found fame as regulars on the long-running weekly “The Lawrence Welk Show,” broadcast for most of its years from the Hollywood Palladium.
Sisters Dianne (b. Dec. 1, 1939), Peggy (b. April 8, 1941), Kathy (b. Aug. 2, 1943), and Janet (b. June 15, 1946) Lennon were part of a large working-class family living in Venice when their singing talents were brought to the attention of Welk by his son, Larry Welk. The quartet made their first appearance on the show on Christmas Eve 1955 and remained until 1968.
In 1956, “Tonight, You Belong to Me” was their first hit, reaching No. 15 on the pop singles chart. In 1960, Dianne left the group after getting married but returned four years later.
In 1969, the Lennon Sisters were preparing to begin a new TV program, “Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour,” when their father, 53-year-old William, was shot to death by a deranged fan at the Venice Golf Course. (The missing gunman committed suicide two months later.)
In August 1969, the series with Durante premiered and lasted one season, and the Lennon Sisters were soon frequent guests on the popular “The Andy Williams Show.”