|In response to John Lennons
"In My Life"
Alfred Lennon singing his own version
"Thats My Life"
Alfred Lennon giving some fatherly
advice to his son John Lennon
"The Next Time You Feel Important"
NB: Thanks to Glenn at
www.timessquarerecords.com for providing these sound
files and the scanned images to the
only record that Alfred Lennon made in his short music career.
'Fifty-three-year-old Freddie Lennon, father of John, has made his first record. It is entitled: ‘That’s My Life (My Love And My Home)’. 'Mr. Lennon has been an entertainer in an amateur capacity for most of his life.
He comes from a musical family. His father, who was one of the original Kentucky Minstrels, taught him to sing when he was young. Most of Freddie's childhood was spent in an orphanage, as he was born into a large family and in those difficult times parents could not afford to feed so many children.
At the orphanage Freddie always took a major part in concerts, played his harmonica to the other children and generally showed an inclination towards the stage. He once sang at a theatre but the orphanage authorities were dismayed at the thought of one of their boys going onto the stage, and Freddie’s early dreams were quickly dampened.
After leaving the orphanage at the age of fifteen Freddie worked in an office, but the call of the sea was strong and he joined his first ship as bell-boy at the age of sixteen. He stayed at sea for twenty-five years and travelled the world. Freddie was always connected with entertainment on board ship and has acted as compere, has produced numerous concerts, sang in New York clubs and has even conducted an orchestra in Lisbon. He has many interesting stories to relate about his adventures at sea.