Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Same Song - Separate Voices

It's book report time here at Welk Musical Family and today I will give my synopsis on the Lennon Sisters autobiography Same Song - Separate Voices

First published in 1985 by Roundtable Publishing, with an updated version coming a decade later, Same Song - Separate Voices is unique because it was a quartet-authored autobiography. 

Dee Dee, Peggy, Kathy and Janet in their words chronicle their lives growing up in Southern California, their singing careers, life with Lawrence Welk and afterwords. They also give a detailed whos who from the Lennon Family tree.

All the stories the girls tell are very touching, sentimental, funny and sad all at the same time. We get to know about Nana, the sisters grandma as well as their dad William Lennon who himself was a terrific Irish tenor. I liked their tales from the road such as when Dad Lennon made sure the girls had a real meal instead of drive-in fast food grub when it came to dinner, plus the stories of how each of the girls met their husbands.

Also worth reading is the account of their father's tragic death, murdered by a deranged fan, and how the girls and the whole family coped with this unfathomable tragedy.

That and also their showbiz career post-Welk, which they sang with Andy Williams and later at the Champagne Theater in Branson, in which the latter can be found in the updated 1995 version.

If you can get your hands on a copy, you'll enjoy this book, and get to know America's Singing Sweethearts in a whole new light!

1 comment:

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

i have heard that it is actually quite a phenominal book. not fluff at all like some biographies tend to be. i can't wait to get my hand on a copy. i just love the lennon sisters. especially Janet.