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…
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.
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…
(Photo on top: Cover of tribute LP ‘I’m A Witch’ 2007)
14 April 2021
Anti-war song GIVE PEACE A CHANGE was written by JOHN LENNON
(but credited to Lennon–McCartney) and recorded with his PLASTIC ONO
BAND, including his wife Yoko Ono and a bunch of famous friends in
Montreal, Canada back in 1969.
Previously unseen footage has now come to the surface with John & Yoko
in the Sheraton Oceanus Hotel in the Bahamas a week before Montreal, while
on their bed-in tour, with Lennon playing a rough, at times crazy, version of
Give Peace A Chance.
Here we go…
6 February 2021
Artist: YOKO ONO (88)
Single: WALKING ON THIN ICE
Written: by John and Yoko
Released: 6 February 1981 – 40 years ago today
Note: the song was covered by Elvis Costello in 1984
Score: #35 in the UK, #1 on the US Dance Charts
John Lennon was clutching a tape of a final mix when he was shot.
Whatever you may think of Yoko,
this is a 24 Karat dance classic…
YOKO ONO: Facebook
20 December 2020
Artist: JOHN LENNON
9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980
Single: (JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER
Released: 24 October 1980
Score: No 1 in the UK on 20 December 1980
40 years ago today
JOHN LENNON: Facebook
11 December 2020
Album: PLASTIC ONO BAND
Released: 11 December 1970 – 50 years ago today
Score: #8 in the UK, #6 in the US, #1 in Japan,
Canada and The Netherlands.
AllMusic / Stephen Erlewine: “It’s an unflinching document of bare-bones
despair and pain, but for all its nihilism, it is ultimately life-affirming; it is unique
not only in Lennon’s catalog, but in all of popular music. Few albums are ever as harrowing, difficult, and rewarding as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.”
Full review here. Score: 5/5.
John Lennon: “You’re just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway.
You’ve got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It’s all down to you, mate.”
Yoko Ono: “My husband John Lennon was a very special man. A man of humble
origin, he brought light and hope to the whole world with his words and music.”
Turn Up The Volume: Lennon always was my favourite Beatle – the rocker, the big
mouth, the challenger, the dreamer, the maverick, the misfit, the open-minded musician/human – and this solo debut is his best post-Beatles work. Imperishable passionateness.”
Outstanding tracks: Mother / Working Class Hero
– MOTHER –
– WORKING CLASS HERO –
19 November 2020
After leaving music behind him for five years in order to be as much as possible with his son Sean, immortal rock & pop legend JOHN LENNON went back in the studio, with the love of his life Yoko Ono for what became his final longplayer.
DOUBLE FANTASY was released 40 years ago on 17 November 1980. It wasn’t his best work but so special just because it was his last gift to his countless fans all over the globe.
Only three weeks after the LP’s release the working class hero was killed cowardly by Mark Chapman. Lennon was, unquestionably, my favorite Beatle, he was the rocker. As part of the Fab Four, he changed pop, along with his twin songwriter buddy Macca. And let’s not forget he became an influential peace activist, under the influence of Yoko.
The romantic single (Just Like) Starting Over…
JOHN LENNON: Facebook