Lennon Sisters: Success Led to Tragedy

Image result for lennon sisters

It doesn’t seem possible that it has been 57 years since the Lennon Sisters first appeared on the Lawrence Welk Show on Christmas Eve of 1955.

Who can forget the great harmony of their voices on Lawrence Welk Show and on their recordings? They were on Lawrence Welk Show for 13 years before embarking on their own path.

The oldest sister Dianne will be 73 in December while Janet who was the youngest Lennon Sister is now 66.

Their success attracted a stalker named Chet Young, who thought he could marry Peggy Lennon, if he could eliminate her dad William Lennon. He shot and killed William Lennon in a  golf course parking lot in 1969,  and committed suicide two months later with the same gun.

This website gives much more information about the murder and about how Young stalked the family for five years before murdering their father.


The Lennon Sisters were a wholesome influence during the turbulent 60’s when the music scene had turned into a haven for hippies getting high on drugs. while listening to war protest songs with the decade ending in 1969, with Woodstock at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm at Bethel, New York.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

4 thoughts on “Lennon Sisters: Success Led to Tragedy”

  1. Reblogged this on Nostalgia and Now and commented:

    The Lennon Sisters were very popular, when they were regulars on the Lawrence Welk Show, but that popularity attracted a stalker who killed their father in 1969. I doubt we will ever hear the kind of harmony the Lennon Sisters possessed again. This was first posted on Sept. 22, 2010.

      1. Good to know they are still performing. I am feeling old to know Janet Lynn is now 72. I remember when she made appearances at a young age on the Lawrence Welk Show.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: