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Jimmy Durante Presents
The Lennon Sisters Hour

 Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
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 ABC Fridays 10:00-11:00pm ET (60 min) (6May69 Pilot)(26Sep69-4Jul70 Series)
Maryco production in association with ABC
Executive Producer, Harold Cohen /  Producers, Bernie Kukoff, Jeff Harris

Hosted by Jimmy Durante
and The Lennon Sisters
Dianne Lennon, Peggy Lennon, Kathy Lennon and Janet Lennon.
(regulars on "The Lawrence Welk Show" for many years)
The Nelson Riddle Orchestra  (pilot)
The George Wyle Orchestra (series)
Theme song was "May We Wish You Well".

## Jimmy Durante Presents The Lennon Sisters Hour ##
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ABC Fridays 10:00-11:00pm ET (60 min) (6May69 Pilot)(26Sep69-4Jul70 Series)

[00] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters [PILOT]
06May1969 ABC Sat (rerun 21Mar70 & 20Jun70)
Director, Grey Lockwood
Writers, Bernie Kukoff, Jeff Harris, Elias Davis, David Pollack.
Editor, Dick Wilson
musical director, Nelson Riddle
Guest cast:
Desi Arnaz
Bobby Goldsboro
Hines, Hines & Dad

The Lennon Sisters perform "You Are My Lucky Star", "'S Wonderful" and "Scarborough Fair".
Desi and Jimmy sing "Jack, Jack, Jack"
Bobby sings "Can You Feel It?"
Desi performs, "El Cumbanchero".
Hines, Hines & Dad perform "Put a Little Love In Your Heart" and "What the World Needs Now".
Jimmy sings, "Birth of the Blues". [RF]

[01] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
26Sep1969 ABC Sat
Director, Bill Davis
Writers, Hugh Wedlock, Jr., Bill Box, Don Reo, Jeff Harris, Bernie Kukoff
Musical director, George Wyle
Guest cast:
Jack Benny
Noel Harrison
Jimmy Dean
Ed Reimers

The Lennon Sisters perform "I’m a Brass Band" and "Here’s Love"
Jimmy Durante sings, "Young At Heart"
Jimmy and the Lennon Sisters perform an oldie from vaudeville days with "Yes Sir, That's My Baby".
Noel Harrison sings, "The Great Electric Experiment Is Over"
Jimmy Dean sings, "Left My Gal in the Mountains" and "South Side of Chicago".
Jack, Noel and Peggy perform "Harrison's Hidewaway".[RF]

[02] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
03Oct1969 ABC Sat (rerun 11Apr70)
Guest cast:
Glen Campbell
Arte Johnson
The Lettermen

Jimmy Durante sings, "Sonny Boy".
Jimmy plays Arte's dad in a skit.
Arte plays a Civil War mother whose sons, (Glen and Jimmy) go off to fight on opposite sides.
The Lettermen perform "Hurt So Bad".
Nashville is the city saluted, and the show's feature is a medley of "Grand Ole Opry" tunes.[RF]

[03] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
10Oct1969 ABC Sat
Guest cast:
Roy Rogers & Dale Evans
Joey Bishop
O.C. Smith

Kansas City is saluted by such numbers as "Kansas City Kitty", "Kansas City Star" and "Everything's Up to Date
in Kansas City". [RF]

[04] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
17Oct1969 ABC Sat
Guest cast:
Martha Raye
Buddy Ebsen
Bobby Goldsboro

Martha and Jimmy do a skit together.
Buddy dances on to "Make Mine Country Style".
The three of them act in a riverboat comedy sketch and sing "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Do You Know What
It Means to Miss New Orleans."
Bobby sings The Straight Life" and "Mighty Mississippi Line". [RF]

[05] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
24Oct1969 ABC Sat
Guest cast:
Bob Hope
Andy Williams
The Osmond Brothers

Jimmy and Bob's duet to "Be Nice to Your Nose".
Janet and Andy do a Chaplin and Coogan take-off in a spoof of "The Kid".
Andy Williams in the title role, Jimmy Durante and the Osmond Brothers in a World War I epic called "Wings Over France".
Bob in a South Sea Island "Road" picture bit with Kathy Lennon as the native girl, sarong and all.
The Osmond Brothers do a production bit on "School Days" and join the sisters for a medley of "rain" tunes.[RF]

[06] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
31Oct1969 ABC Sat (rerun 18Apr70)
Guest cast:
Danny Thomas
Jimmie Rodgers
Jimmy opens proceedings singing "Rock-A-Bye-Baby" in a baby carriage, and the Lennons deliver "Windmills of Your Mind
and "Going Out Of My Head."
Danny's special number is "Dionne" for his new granddaughter.
Jimmie solos to "This Is All I Ask".
Danny joins Durante for a skit about explorers Lewis and Clark.
Jimmie Rodgers and Dianne Lennon duet on "Today".
A tribute to Seattle segment.
The Lennon Sisters feature such numbers as "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening".
The closing medley is a series o£ "Apple" songs, running the gamut from "Apple Blossom Time" to "Little Green Apples. [RF]

[07] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
07Nov1969 ABC Sat (rerun 09May70)
Guest cast:
Fess Parker
John Byner
Hines, Hines & Dad

The Lennon Sisters perform, "This Is My Lucky Day", "The Very Thought of You" and "I'm Glad There Is You"
Fess Parker sings, "Comin' After Jinny"
Jimmy sings, "Joe Goes Up"
John and Peggy sing "I'll Never Be the Same"
Hines, Hines & Dad perform, "Papa, Won't You Dance?"

[08] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
14Nov1969 ABC Sat (rerun 30May70)
Guest cast:
George Burns
John Gary
Sonny James and his Southern Gentlemen

Jimmy sings, "Jungle Jimmy", "When Day is Done" and "The Lost Chord".
The Lennon Sisters perform "One-Way Ticket". "The Grass is Greener" and "Softly".
George and Jimmy perform "It's A Well-Known Fact"
John Gary sings, "Scarborough Fair".
Sonny and his Southern Gentlemen perform "Running Bear".
John Gary and The Lennon Sisters sing, "I Will wait For You" and "Me and My Bundle"
Peggy and Kathy sing "Lover Come Back to Me"
All sing, "Sidewalks of New York".[RF]

[09] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
21Nov1969 ABC Sat
Guest cast:
Kate Smith
Louis Nye
Rosey Grier

Opening with a Lennon Sister reading a composition on Thanksgiving which Jimmy starts to take apart.
His version of what really happens is a running story that makes up the program.
It features Louis Nye in three different roles from ship's captain to a conniving Indian.
Kate Smith as Jimmy's love interest and Rosey Grier, along with the Lennons, as Pilgrims.
The program is interspersed with songs like "Pass the Peace Pipe," "Count Your Blessings".
Kate Smith closes with "America, the Beautiful".[RF]

[10] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
28Nov1969 ABC Sat
Guest cast:
Merle Haggard
Corbett Monica
Don Ho

Jimmy performs his version of "I'll Be Seeing You".
a segment on Nome, Alaska, complete with a song and a sketch.
Merle Haggard performs "Working Man Blues".
Don Ho sings "Honey, Come Back."[RF]

[11] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
05Dec1969 ABC Sat
Guest cast:
Milton Berle
Jo Ann Castle
John Stewart

In a skit Jimmy is Ponce De Leon with Milton Berle looking for the Fountain of Youth.
Jo Ann Castle, longtime friends of the Lennon Sisters in her first appearance since leaving the Lawrence Welk Show.
Milton Berle asks the quartet to help him recreate one of his early show biz acts, "Milton Berle and His Dancing Dollies,"
Singer-composer John Stewart is also on hand.
Miami is the city being saluted, though with not quite the reverence Gleason gives it.[RF]

[12] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
12Dec1969 ABC Sat
Guest cast:
Mike Douglas
Norm Crosby

folk singers Stoney Mountain Cloggers (from the Grand Ole Opry)
The Stoney Mountain Cloggers perform "Way Down Yonder".
Mike Douglas sings "Yesterday whn I Was Young".
St. Louis is the honored city.
Mike Douglas joins the girls in the guise of Charles Lindbergh for a "Lucky Lindy" number devoted to the Spirit
of St. Louis.
The Lennon Sisters perform "I Get the Blues When It Rains" and "St. Louis Blues".
Peggy Lennon impersonates Jenny Lind singing "Meet Me in St. Louis".
Norm Crosby presents a comedy skit in a 1904 St. Louis World's Fair setting.[RF]

[13] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
19Dec1969 ABC Sat
Guest cast:
Lorne Greene
, Jimmy's eight year old daughter and 25 members of the Lennon family.[RF]
Lorne Greene, 25 members of the Lennon Family and Jimmy Durante's adopted daughter join in for an old-fashioned
Christmas celebration.
Lorne Greene reads "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus".
Jimmy sings "Look Ahead Little Girl" to his daughter CeCe.[RF]

[14] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
26Dec1969 ABC Sat (rerun 16May70)
Guest cast:
Raymond Burr
Al Martino
Eddie Jackson and Sonny King

The Lennon Sisters perform, "In the Still of the Night", "Ain't We Got Fun?", "Love is a Very Light Thing"
and "Washington Square Dance".
Jimmy and the Lennon Sisters sing, "Doodle-ee-Doo"
Al Martino sings, "Jean"
Eddie sings "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?"
Sonny and Jimmy sing, "Hey, Look Me Over" and "I Love Ya, Love Ya".
Al Martino and the Lennon Sisters sing, "Try to Remember".
Sonny sings, "Ragtime Jimmy"
And all join in for "This Is A Great Country".[RF]

[15] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
09Jan1970 ABC Sat (rerun 23May70)
Guest cast:
Mel Tormé
Kaye Ballard
Monty Hall

The Lennon Sisters sing, "Feelin' Good", "Love Is Just Around the Corner" and "My Cup Runneth Over".
Mel sings, "Games People Play"
Kaye sings, "Just Say I Love Him"
Jimmy and the Lennon Sisters sing, "As Time Goes By"
Peggy sings "I Gave My Love a Cherry"
Kaye and Mel duet on "For Me and My Gal".

[16] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
16Jan1970 ABC Fri
Guest cast:
Ed Ames
David Frye
Ferrante & Teicher

David Frye impersonates Presidents and other political figures.
Ed Ames sings "A Thing Called Love".
Ferrante and Teicher play the theme from "Midnight Cowboy" before the duo becomes a trio with Jimmy. [RF]

[17] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
14Feb1970 ABC Fri
Guest cast:
Jack Benny
Sammy Davis Jr.

Jimmy opens the show with a football skit in which he plays coach talking to players Benny and Davis.
Sammy's song and dance to "Spinning Wheel" and "Will You Be My Valentine?"
The Lennon Sisters surprise birthday party for Jack at Jimmy's house and a salute to Benny's birthplace, Waukegan,
1llinois. [RF]

[18] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
21Feb1970 ABC Fri
Guest cast:
Dinah Shore
Walter Brennan
Watts Community Choir

Dinah sings, "What Are You Doing?".
The Lennon Sisters perform, "Wonderful, Wonderful Day", "They Say It's Wonderful" and "Where or When".
Jimmy Durante and the Watts Community Choir perform, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother".
Walter and Jimmy duet on "Good Morning, Starshine". [RF]

[19] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
28Feb1970 ABC Fri (rerun 04Jul70)
Guest cast:
Tony Randall
Wayne Newton
Senor Wences

Dressed as an old-time medicine man Jimmy opens the hour of comedy and song with a pitch to the citizens of
Minnesota to buy his wares Of course there isn't really a Minn It's not guaranteed to make you better he assures
them but will make being sick more fun.
Jimmy then introduces the four Lennon Sisters who sing "There's the Latest News" and "There's a Meeting Here."
Jimmy singing "One of Those Songs".
Wayne Newton sings "Time After Time".
Jimmy Durante plays Cyrano de Bergerac to Peggy Lennon's Roxanne in a spoof of the man with the big nose.
A sentimental conversation piece with the girls, who talk about how they met their husbands. [RF]

[20] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
07Mar1970 ABC Fri (rerun 02May70)
Guest cast:
Leslie Uggams
Vic Damone
Arte Johnson

The Lennon Sisters perform, "More", "It's Only A Paper Moon" and "It's Easy to Remember".
Leslie Uggams sings, "If My Friends Could See Me Now" and "I Love Paris".
Vic Damone sings, "Didn't We?"
Jimmy sings, "I Still See Elisa".
Arte plays artistic genius Toulouse Lautrec in a sketch set in Gay Paree.[RF]

[21] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
14Mar1970 ABC Fri (rerun 13Jun70)
Guest cast:
Jerry Lewis
Jack Jones
The Lennon Sisters perform, "Give Me the Simple Life" and "This Is a Lovely Way to Spend An Evening".
Jack Jones sings, "Golden Slumbers" and "Something".
Jimmy sings, "The Father of Girls".
Jack Jones and the Lennon Sisters perform, "Coffee Time"
and Kathy sings, "If He Walked Into My Life". [RF]

21Mar1970 rerun of [PILOT] episode from 06May69.
(Jimmy D book lists March 21, 1970 guests Desi Arnaz, Bobby Goldsboro, Hines, Hines & Dad as guests. (rerun  20Jun70)

[22] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
28Mar1970 ABC Fri
Guest cast:
Perry Como
John Hartford
Charlie Callas

Perry sings, "Dream Along With Me" and "Little Green Apples".
The Lennon Sisters perform "Let's Go", "All of Me" and "Dear Hearts and Gentle People".
Jimmy sings, "Make Believe, Not War" and "I'm Making Believe".
And John Hartford sings "Frustrated Bird". [RF]

[23] Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour
04Apr1970 ABC Fri
Guest cast:
Jimmy Dean
Rich Little
Jo Ann Castle
Jimmy Durante sings a classic "A Piano Is A Delicate Thing".
Jo Ann Castle performs "Hello Dolly".
A "Finian's Rainbow" medley by the Lennons.
A western skit by Rich Little including impressions of Jimmy Stewart, Kirk Douglas, James Arness and Gary Cooper. [RF]

*reruns till July 4, 1970

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