The Lennon Brothers & Gail Lennon Reunion Concert Announced
After many years, The Lennon Brothers & Gail Lennon are excited to announce a reunion concert in Branson, Missouri for two shows only! Saturday, November 24th at 8pm, and Sunday, November 25th at 2pm at the Historic Owen Theatre in Branson.
Reserved seat tickets are $25 and are available now at BransonArts.org/lennon. Portion of the proceeds benefit the Branson Regional Arts Council.
Enjoy authentic swing harmony, inside of Branson’s oldest and most historic entertainment venue!
This concert will not only be fun for Lennon fans of all ages, it will also be of benefit to the Branson Regional Arts Council and their new visual and performing arts programming being developed at the Historic Owen Theatre.
If you love the vocal swing harmony that was America’s favorite music in the 30’s and 40’s…you need look no further than The Lennon Brothers and Gail Lennon.
The Lennons capture the sound of legendary performers such as The Modernaires, The Pied Pipers, The Delta Rhythm Boys and The Four Vagabonds. They sing the works of some of the greatest American composers…Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin and more.
Brothers Dan, Bill, and Joe grew up in Los Angeles as members of a celebrated musical heritage. Their father, Bill, was the lead singer in the original Lennon Brothers, who performed in the 1940’s and 50’s. It was their sisters, however, who sang their way into America’s hearts as young performers on The Lawrence Welk Show. The Lennon Sisters’ “girl next door” beauty and charm endeared them to millions, but it was their harmonies that led them to be inducted into The Vocal Group Hall-of-Fame in 2002.
The boys have been singing from the time they were born. And as the times were a’ changing so was the music. They sang The Beatles, Crosby Stills and Nash, Jefferson Airplane…but also the music of an earlier time: Al Jolson, The Mills Brothers, and the original Lennon Brothers.
In 1983, Bill met his wife-to-be Gail. Gail was among the top studio singers in L.A. at that time. They discovered a mutual love for the music of the Swing Era and, with brother Dan, put together a vocal group called The Fatells. This was the fore runner of The Lennon Brothers of today.
In 1994, thirty members of the Lennon family moved to Branson, Missouri to perform at the new Welk Resort. The brothers and Gail opened the resort with a morning show that The Chicago Tribune hailed as “The BEST show in Branson!”The show featured not only a hot live band and tight swing harmonies, but also the brothers’ “…Monty Python meets Vaudeville” style of comedy.
Gail was voted “Female Vocalist of the Year” in 1994 at the Branson Entertainment Awards. Over the next several years, the group won awards so often they were given a spot in the Branson’s “Hall of Fame”.
The critics agreed:
- St. Louis Dispatch “..one of Branson’s most respected shows.”
- Tulsa World “…subversively hip!”
- Springfield News Leader “Smoothly entertaining…Branson’s best!”
- Chicago Tribune “The BEST show in Branson!”
And so did their fellow performers:
- Andy Williams “…the best four-part vocals I’ve heard in years!”
- Pete Fountain “They’re the best…unbelievable talent…the show was over way too soon!”
- Les Brown Jr. – Band of Renown “Gail is a wonderful singer!”
- Sunny Spencer – Sons of the Pioneers “They’re my favorite singing group in the whole world!”
The Lennon Brothers & Gail Lennon have released 3 CD’s: “Swing Away!”, “Swing Sandwich”, and “The 9:30 Special”. In The Groove magazine praises the recordings “…outstanding quality” and called the groups performances “…amazing!”
Since last headlining in Branson, the group has traveled for special events. They’ve been the headline performers at the “Indian Wells Jazz Festival”, have performed on the S.S. Rotterdam and have played venues throughout the Midwest and West Coast.
The Lennon Brothers & Gail Lennon Reunion Concert will be an exciting event for area locals and Branson vacationers alike. Early purchase of tickets is highly recommended as both performances are expected to completely sell out. Visit BransonArts.org/lennon.