22 February 2022
Last week legendary all-around artist and John Lennon‘s famous
widow YOKO ONO celebrated her 89th birthday (18 February).
Over the years she received lots of critical praise on a regular basis (not followed by big commercial success) for her musical exploits (14 solo albums, 8 with Lennon). To celebrate her birthday several famous artists (David Byrne, Sharon Van Etten, Death Cab For Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Yo La Tengo, and more) paid tribute to Yoko with an album of mesmerizing covers of songs of her, called Ocean Child: Songs Of Yoko Ono.
To my ears, the highlight of the record is David Byrne and Yo La Tengo joining forces for a wonderful rendition of Who Has Seen The Wind. A song recorded in 1970 and the B-side of Lennon‘s hit Instant Karma.
Hear the thing of beauty here…
Original Yoko version…
YOKO ONO: Discography – Instagram
18 February 2022
YOKO ONO was born as oʊnoʊ (pronounced OH-noh in English and romanized
Ono Yōko), on 18 February 1933), in Tokyo, Japan. Happy 89 to the multimedia and performance artist, singer-songwriter, and peace activist.
For millions of people, she’s only known as John Lennon‘s widow and for being, allegedly, responsible for The Beatles break-up in 1970, although she made 14 solo albums (with the fascinating Warzone LP as the most recent one, released in 2018) and 8 LPs with husband John Lennon.
Front cover of the tribute album
She received lots of critically praise on a regular basis for her musical exploits and today, on her birthday, several famous artists (David Byrne, Sharon Van Etten, Death Cab For Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Yo La Tengo, and more) pay tribute to Yoko with an album of mesmerizing covers, called Ocean Child: Songs Of Yoko Ono .
Here’s one of the highlights…
Stream full album here…
YOKO ONO: Story – Discography – Instagram
(Photo on top: Cover of tribute LP ‘I’m A Witch’ 2007)