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Gail Lennon will entertain in Ava this Saturday night as Ava Drug continues its 60th anniversary celebration.
Gail will perform from 7 to 8 p.m. and will be joined by Brandon Henson, upright bass, from the Andy Williams Band, and Ava’s own master fiddler Junior Marriott.
Gail Lennon came to Branson as the featured lead singer in the Lennon Brothers Show from 1994 -2004. She was also the show’s musical director and vocal arranger.
Gail and the show were recognized with many awards through the years – including “Female Vocalist of the Year” – and the show was named by the Chicago Tribune as” … the Best Show in Branson!” Sunny Spencer of The Sons of the Pioneers called her “My favorite singer in the whole world!”
Before moving to Branson, Gail was a first-call session singer in the studios of Los Angeles. Her ability to sing any style of music and sound like anyone from Dolly Parton to Cyndi Lauper made her a regular on such television shows as The Fall Guy, B.J. and The Bear, Knightrider, Magnum P.I., The Simpsons, The X-Files, and Northern Exposure, among many. She sang the title theme songs for the hit shows Webster, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Solid Gold.
Her voice is also featured in such movies as, My Cousin Vinny, Hot Shots! and My Science Project. She has sung on records with Kenny Rankin. Harry Connick Jr., Johnny Mathis, Julio Iglesias, David Foster and more. She co-wrote David Frizzell’s country hit “Black and White” and has had songs recorded by the Osmond Brothers, Tim Weisberg and Rosemary Butler.
But it is outside of the studio that Gail hits her stride. She can light up a theatre with her singing, her smile and her engaging stage presence. All of the excellent press that The Lennon Brothers Show received noted her exceptional performance.
In 2007 and 2008, her guitar work and vocals were featured in the special “Traditional Music of the Ozarks” shows at Springfield’s Juanita K. Hammons Center. In 2005 and 2006 she performed with Pam Tillis and in 2008-09 starred in the Broadway style show “Breaking Up is Hard to Do.”
Her eclectic style of music can be heard with her current band, the Buzz Boyz – featuring fiddle, dobro, mandolin great Bruce Hoffman – late nights at Andy William’s Moon River Grill and The Bleu Olive. (Joe Diffie: “That girl can play!”) Gail Lennon and the Buzz Boyz released their first CD in 2008 and can be seen in several videos on Branson Visitor TV!