By Janet and Kathy Lennon On Christmas Eve 1955, we Lennon Sisters, then ages 9-16, were preparing to make our first appearance on The Lawrence Welk Show, which was in its first season on TV.Just before the live broadcast, someone from one of the show’s sponsors said to us, “Only 30 million people are watching…” Kathy remembers herself and Peggy just staring at each other.Despite having sung publicly only in church and at Elks and Rotary clubs, the four of us rose to the occasion, not only for that first show, but for most Saturday nights over the next 12-plus years.We’d see the nervousness in each other’s eyes, but we kept it from affecting our performance.At the time of our debut, Janet was just 9 years old; Kathy, 12; Peggy, 14; and Dianne, whom we call Dee Dee, 16. Before the Lennon sisters became The Lennon Sisters, the four oldest children of William and Isabelle Lennon lived somewhat ordinary lives as part of a large family—at the time, there were “only” eight kids.
The drawers fit perfectly under each bed and stored our clothing.Our mother’s creativity also came into play when she purchased a single bike and a single pair of skates for herself, then lent them to her children.This eliminated any possibility of bickering and led us siblings to become resourceful.We recall each wearing a single skate and scooting around the block together.
There was very little money to go around, especially for vacations, but we don’t remember ever feeling deprived.
We have wonderful memories of making annual visits to our Great-Uncle Max’s apricot ranch north of Los Angeles.