America’s Sweethearts of Song

The Lennon Sisters (Dianne “Dee Dee” [16], Peggy [14], Kathy [12], and Janet [9]) were collectively known as “America’s Sweethearts of Song.”


Beginning with the 1955 Christmas Eve program of THE LAWRENCE WELK SHOW/ABC/1955-71, the talented brood of young singers melodically raised their voices in song each week until 1968, when they chose to leave the program.

They were first brought to the attention of Lawrence Welk, while his son was dating Dianne Lennon. Their Lennon Sister’s first song was “He” with an arrangement borrowed from the McQuire Sisters, an other talented female ensemble. The Lennon Sisters’ first album “Let’s Get Acquainted” was recorded in May of 1957.


During the 1969-70 season, the Lennon Sisters costarred on the ABC network musical variety program JIMMY DURANTE PRESENTS THE LENNON SISTERS.

The following season they were regulars on the musical variety program THE ANDY WILLIAMS SHOW on the NBC network from 1970-71.

In 1987, The Lennon Sisters received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine Street. In 2001, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

From 1994-2012, the Lennon Sisters performed at the Welk Champagne Theatre in Branson, Missouri and annually perform their Christmas show at The Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri.

In recent years, the Lennon Sisters group was comprised of Mimi, Janet and Kathy. The original members Peggy and Dianne have since retired.

NOTE: Silent film star, Mary Pickford and the McQuire Sisters were called “America’s Sweetheart.”

See also “The Champagne Lady”


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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