Kipp Lennon

Christopher Joel "Kipp" Lennon[1] (born March 12, 1960) is an American musician,[2] and a founding member of the folk rock band Venice. His role in the band includes performing as a lead vocalist and percussionist.

Kipp Lennon
Kipp Lennon in Venice
Lennon performing at the 2006 Ilse DeLange fanclub day on 26 November 2006 in 013 concert hall, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Joel Lennon
Born12 March 1960 (age 59)
Venice, California, United States
GenresRock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1977–present
Associated actsVenice, Pine Mountain Logs

Early and personal life

Lennon was born in Venice, California, the son of William and Isabelle Lennon. His given name is Christopher. The explanation he gives for his nickname is: "When I was brought home from the hospital as a brand new baby, March 1960, everyone was calling me 'Chrissy', like people do with newborns. You add an 'e' or 'y' or whatever to their name as an instant nickname. Okay, so my brother Joe was 3 years old and he couldn't say 'Chrissy', and kept saying 'Kippy'. My brother Dan, who was ten, thought that was hilarious, and from that day on, literally my first day at home, I was dubbed Kippy, never to be called Christopher again except by doctors, teachers, cops, and my mom if she was mad at me."[3]

When Lennon was nine years old, he and his family endured the shooting death of their father, William. Chet Young, a stalker who believed himself to be married to Kipp's sister Peggy (of The Lennon Sisters) felt that the father stood in the way and had to be eliminated. Lying in wait, Young shot him in the parking lot of the Marina Del Rey golf course and two months later used the same gun to commit suicide. The family later discovered an unopened letter having a cutout of Mr. Lennon, a picture of a gun pointed at his head, and the words "High Noon" (the time of the murder) (source Dr. Doreen Orion, I Know You Really Love Me).

Career

Music

Venice was founded in 1977; the band was initially founded by him and his cousin Michael Lennon. The following year Michael's brother Mark joined, with Kipp's brother Pat joining in 1980. Since that time, the two pairs of cousins have performed and released albums, in 1978 sharing lead vocals with his cousin Michael Lennon, in 1977 by cousins Michael and Kipp Lennon. Kipp plays percussion and writes songs for the band Venice, with whom he has released 13 albums and other works since 1986. He also sings for the Pine Mountain Logs, a band containing many of the members of Venice and playing only cover versions of rock songs.

He performed with the rest of the band on their live DVD, "Venice, Live at the Royal Carre Theater." Additionally, Lennon released one solo album, "Boom Boom Party" (CBS/Sony), in 1987.

Lennon sang with David Crosby on his solo album Thousand Roads, and also performed vocals for the song "Suspension," which was the main title of the movie and TV series versions of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

Lennon is the youngest brother of the popular female quartet The Lennon Sisters, who rose to fame on The Lawrence Welk Show and continued a successful singing career in the subsequent decades.

Film

Although Kipp Lennon did not appear in the Disney movie Double Switch, he did perform the vocals for the songs used in the soundtrack, "Turn up the Radio", "All Day, All Night", and "One Step Closer".

Television roles

Lennon has contributed to several episodes of The Simpsons: in season 3's "Stark Raving Dad", although Michael Jackson (credited as "John Jay Smith") performed the speaking part of Leon Kompowsky, a character who pretended he was Michael Jackson, Lennon sang the songs due to contractual obligations from Jackson with his record company at the time.[4] Most notably he sang the song "Happy Birthday Lisa," written by Jackson within the episode. He also provides Jackson's singing voice in The Jacksons: An American Dream. Lennon returned as Kompowsky to sing the extra verses Bart wrote for his sister in season 29's "Mr. Lisa's Opus".

Lennon also sang the songs "Flaming Moe's" (a spoof of the theme song from the TV series Cheers) in the episode "Flaming Moe's", "The Sound of Grandpa" from "Lady Bouvier's Lover", and "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" from "Duffless". He sang the original song "I'm Checking In" featured in the Betty Ford musical in "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson".

In addition to The Simpsons, Lennon voiced Michael Jackstone on The Flintstone Kids' Just Say No Special, and various roles in The Story of Santa Claus, The Fall Guy, Eight Is Enough, and the TV series of Herbie the Love Bug.

Lennon also sang the theme songs to C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. and the theatrical pilot of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.[2]

Lennon sang "Secret Agent Man" in the movie Can't Buy Me Love.

He also sang for the actor John Scott Clough in the Sidney Poitier-directed dance/musical film Fast Forward.

Starting September 2010, Lennon toured singing backup vocals in Roger Waters' The Wall.

References

  1. ^ Toledo Blade, 14 March 1960
  2. ^ a b "Kipp Lennon". The New York Times.
  3. ^ FAQ at Venice's official website
  4. ^ Brooks, James L. (2003). Commentary for "Stark Raving Dad", in The Simpsons: The Complete Third Season [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.

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Anglicised from Irish Ó Leannáin (“descendant of Lover (leannán)”) and from Ó Lionáin (“descendant of Blackbird (Lonán)”).

John Lennon (1940–1980), singer, musician, poet and songwriter famous as a member of The Beatles

Cynthia Lennon (1939–2015), John Lennon's first wife (born Cynthia Powell)

Julian Lennon (born 1963), John Lennon's first son, with Cynthia Powell

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Freddie Lennon and Julia Lennon, parents of John Lennon

The Lennon Sisters, four siblings who sang together as part of an act, most notably seen on The Lawrence Welk Show

Dianne Lennon, American singer

Janet Lennon, American singer

Kathy Lennon, American singer

Peggy Lennon, American singer

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Kipp Lennon (born 1960), American musician

Mark Lennon, American musician

Michael Lennon, American musician

Pat Lennon, American musician

Aaron Lennon (born 1987), English football player

Alton Lennon, Democratic U.S. senator from the state of North Carolina

Ben Lennon, Australian rules footballer

Bruce Lennon, Australian rules footballer

Dennis Lennon (1918-1991), British architect and interior designer

Harry Lennon, English professional footballer

Jimmy Lennon (1913–1992), American boxing ring announcer (Jimmy Lennon Sr or Jr)

John Brown Lennon (1850-1923), American labor union leader and general-secretary of the Journeyman Tailors Union of America (JTU)

J. Robert Lennon, American novelist, short story writer, musician and composer

Joseph Lennon (1933-1990), Irish politician

Mark Lennon (born 1980), Australian rugby player

Neil Lennon (born 1971), Irish football player

Paul Lennon (born 1955), Australian politician

Peter Lennon (1930–2011), Irish journalist and filmmaker

Steven Lennon (born 1988), Scottish football player

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (born 1982), political activist, known better as Tommy Robinson

Thomas F. Lennon, American documentary filmmaker

Thomas Lennon (1896–1963), American screenwriter

Thomas Lennon (born 1970), American actor, comedian, writer, director and producer

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Guest voices have come from a wide range of professions, including actors, athletes, authors, musicians, artists, politicians and scientists. In the show's early years most guest stars voiced original characters, but as the show has continued the number of those appearing as themselves has increased.

The first credited guest star was Marcia Wallace who appeared in "Bart the Genius" in her first stint as Bart's teacher Edna Krabappel. Singer Tony Bennett was the first guest star to appear as himself, appearing briefly in the season two episode "Dancin' Homer". Several guest stars have featured as recurring characters on the show, including Phil Hartman, Joe Mantegna and Kelsey Grammer. Hartman made the most appearances, guest starring 52 times. Grammer, Mantegna, Maurice LaMarche and Frank Welker have appeared twenty times or more; Jon Lovitz and Jackie Mason have appeared over ten times, while Albert Brooks, Glenn Close, Michael Dees, Dana Gould, Terry W. Greene, Valerie Harper, Jan Hooks, Jane Kaczmarek, Stacy Keach, Kipp Lennon, J. K. Simmons, Sally Stevens, George Takei and Michael York have made over five appearances.

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Waters, a pacifist, incorporated an increased emphasis on the show's anti-war message, and he requested fans to send him pictures of loved ones who have died as a result of wars.Snowy White (who was a session and tour musician with Pink Floyd in the 1970s, and was in the tour band for the original 1980–81 tour for The Wall) and Dave Kilminster were the first musicians confirmed to be in Waters's touring band. Kipp Lennon, Mark Lennon and Michael Lennon of the band Venice were confirmed for backing vocal duties, but Michael Lennon withdrew from the band due to rehearsal difficulties. He was replaced by cousin Pat Lennon, also of Venice. On 23 April, the full band line-up was announced on Roger Waters's Facebook page. Following a charity gig Waters performed with his former Pink Floyd bandmates on 10 July 2010, he confirmed that David Gilmour would guest on "Comfortably Numb" at one show during the tour. Gilmour appeared at the 12 May 2011 show at The O2, London playing lead guitar on "Comfortably Numb" and mandolin on "Outside the Wall", on which they were also joined by Nick Mason on tambourine.

NYC Stylist / costume designer, Mimi Fisher , made the clothes for the tour .

On 24 August 2010, The Times Leader newspaper of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, reported that Waters and company were in town rehearsing for the tour at the Mohegan Sun Arena. This venue previously hosted pre-tour rehearsals and pre-tour concerts for such performers as Elton John, the Simon & Garfunkel "Old Friends" Reunion Tour in 2003 and AC/DC rehearsals in 2008 before the band's world tour. There were no rehearsals or performances; the crew used the occasion to work out technical details. On 12 September 2010, there was a rehearsal performance at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, for invited guests.In 2014 Waters directed a documentary about the tour titled Roger Waters: The Wall. It premiered in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

Venice (band)

Venice was started in Venice, California in 1977 by cousins Michael Lennon (born 17 July 1959) and Kipp Lennon (born 12 March 1960). Michael's brother Mark (born 28 March 1963) joined the band in 1978, followed by Kipp's brother Pat (born 9 November 1951) in 1980. Kipp and Pat are two of eleven siblings, and are younger brothers of the Lennon Sisters. Michael and Mark are two of thirteen siblings.Members of Venice have performed alongside, or recorded with, Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Elton John, Heart, Phil Collins, Sting, Melissa Etheridge, Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Stevie Nicks, Billy Idol, Michael McDonald, Dave Mason, Tim Moyer, Chris Isaak, Robin Beck, Kenny Loggins, the Doobie Brothers, Styx, Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Bon Jovi,

Michael Ruff, Warren Zevon and Dutch band Yellow Pearl. Tano Costa, the band's original drummer, is the son of the late music arranger and record producer Don Costa, who arranged and produced for Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka and many other recordings artists in the 1950s and 1960s jazz and pop era.

In 1993, Venice shared the stage with Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson in Jingu Stadium, Tokyo.Venice has been featured nationally on such television programs as Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, E! News Daily, CNN's Showbiz Today, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, The Jerry Lewis Telethon and Rick Dees' Into the Night.To date, Venice has found their biggest success in The Netherlands. In 2003, the band won an Edison Award (the Dutch version of the Grammy) for Best International Artist, beating out superstars U2 and Coldplay. In that country, Venice's singles are a mainstay on radio, their tours sell out consistently, and they've been guests on countless television programs, most notably Two Meter Sessies, a popular prime-time program that has devoted three entire half-hour episodes to the band; the "Venice - 2 Meter Sessies" CD has gone gold.The backing vocal duties on Roger Waters "The Wall Live Tour" from September 15, 2010 - September 21, 2013 (219 total performances) The Wall Live are being carried out by Venice's Kipp, Mark and Pat Lennon (who replaced Michael following vocal difficulties exhibited during pre-tour rehearsals). Portions of this tour were captured for the film "Roger Waters The Wall" which was released theatrically worldwide on September 29, 2015.

Mark Lennon performed new backing vocals to the controversial 2002 reissue of the 1980 Ozzy Osbourne album Blizzard of Ozz. The album also featured re-recorded bass and drum parts, much to the displeasure of Osbourne's longtime fans.

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