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Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American hip hop singer, initially establishing her reputation as the most visible and vocal member of The Fugees. She was born in South Orange, New Jersey and began singing and acting at a very young age. Her acting roles included the TV show As the World Turns (as "Kira Johnson" in 1991), and the film Sister Act II: Back in the Habit, the latter of which showcased her vocal abilities. Though the Fugees had originally formed in 1988, Hill's membership was disrupted by her acting and her education at Columbia University. The Fugees' first album, Blunted on Reality, was much-hyped but fell far short of expectations. This was followed by The Score, a multi-platinum selling album that established all three Fugees (Hill, Pras Michel and Wyclef Jean) as international successes.

Hill's other acting work includes the television series "King of the Hill" (as "Arletta the Elevator Operator"), the play "Club 127," and the motion pictures Hav Plenty (1997) and Restaurant (1998). She appeared as a singer in the soundtracks for Conspiracy Theory in 1997 on the track, "Can't take My Eyes Off of You," and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood in 2001 on the "Selah" track.

In 1998, Hill released The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, a critical smash hit that ended up on numerous best-of lists for the year, decade and all time. Among the singles on the album was "Doo Wop (That Thing)." In 1999's Grammy Awards, Hill was nominated eleven times and won Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album, setting a new record for a female performer. The album's title was inspired by Carter G. Woodson's book, The Miseducation of the Negro.

Soon after, Hill and her recording company were sued by Vada Nobles, Rasheem Pugh, Johari Newton and Tejumold Newton, known as "New Ark Entertainment," who claimed to have been denied full credit and compensation for their assistance on the album. They received an undisclosed amount of money and were given credit for drum programming and a small amount of lyrical, instrumental and production work.

Hill is noted as a humanitarian, and in 1996 she received an Essence Award for work which has included the 1996 founding of the Refugee Project, an outreach organization that supports a two-week overnight camp for at-risk youth, and for supporting well-building projects in Kenya and Uganda, as well as for staging a rap concert in Harlem to promote voter registration. In 1999 Hill received three awards at the 30th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California. She was named with Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and others among the "10 For Tomorrow," in the EBONY 2000: Special Millennium Issue. In 1999 Ebony magazine named her one of "100+ Most Influential Black Americans."

In 1996, a call to the Howard Stern radio show stated that the caller heard Hill say "I would rather die than have a white person buy one of my albums" during an MTV interview. This is considered unlikely, however, as no recording could be found of the supposed incident. [1] (http://www.snopes.com/quotes/lauryn.htm)

Though a Fugees reunion was discussed by all of the members of the group, it has not yet happened, reportedly due to conflicts between the three Fugees, including a much-rumored feud between Hill and Wyclef Jean. Hill released an MTV Unplugged album laced with verbal interludes in 2002 to mixed reviews.

On December 13, 2003, Hill shocked officials at the Vatican by denouncing them for "corruption, exploitation, and abuses," apparently in reference to allegations of the child molestation of boys by Catholic officials in the United States of America and the cover-up of offenses by Catholic Church officials. Among those in attendance were Edmund Cardinal Szoka, American-born President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City, and President of the Governatorate of Vatican City. Two days later Pope John Paul II told a group of Bishops from Sudan that, "Scandalous behavior must at all times be investigated, confronted and corrected" in the Catholic Church.

Hill has four children by her husband, retired (American) football player Rohan Marley, son of the late reggae artist, Bob Marley: Zion David Marley, born 1997, Selah Louise Marley, born 1998, and second son Joshua, born 2002. A fourth child was born in 2003.

Hill's nickname is "L-boogie."

The three Fugees were reunited on September 18, 2004 at Dave Chappelle's Block Party in Brooklyn, New York. They headlined a bill that included a star-studded cast of who's who in hip hop, including Kanye West, Common, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and others.

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Hill has four children by her husband, retired (American) football player Rohan Marley, son of the late reggae artist, Bob Marley: Zion David Marley, born 1997, Selah Louise Marley, born 1998, and second son Joshua, born 2002. Mr. Two days later Pope John Paul II told a group of Bishops from Sudan that, "Scandalous behavior must at all times be investigated, confronted and corrected" in the Catholic Church. He continues to tour and record. Among those in attendance were Edmund Cardinal Szoka, American-born President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City, and President of the Governatorate of Vatican City. In 2004 his Sex Bomb single became a major US club hit. On December 13, 2003, Hill shocked officials at the Vatican by denouncing them for "corruption, exploitation, and abuses," apparently in reference to allegations of the child molestation of boys by Catholic officials in the United States of America and the cover-up of offenses by Catholic Church officials. In 2003, he was honoured with a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

Hill released an MTV Unplugged album laced with verbal interludes in 2002 to mixed reviews. An album of cover versions recorded as duets with contemporary artists, using their record producers, and utilising their recording methods, it reached number one in the United Kingdom, and sold over 5 million copies worldwide.[2] (http://www.tomjones.com/site/about/biog.php) In 2002, he released his latest album, Mr. Jones, which was produced by Wyclef Jean and included the singles Tom Jones International and Black Betty. Though a Fugees reunion was discussed by all of the members of the group, it has not yet happened, reportedly due to conflicts between the three Fugees, including a much-rumored feud between Hill and Wyclef Jean. His Reload album, released in 2000 became the biggest hit of his career. [1] (http://www.snopes.com/quotes/lauryn.htm). These recordings included:. This is considered unlikely, however, as no recording could be found of the supposed incident. Following this, he started to record with a younger generation of musicians.

In 1996, a call to the Howard Stern radio show stated that the caller heard Hill say "I would rather die than have a white person buy one of my albums" during an MTV interview. His recording career was revived in 1987 with his first major hit single in over a decade, A Boy From Nowhere, taken from the musical Matador. In 1999 Ebony magazine named her one of "100+ Most Influential Black Americans.". When he appointed his grown-up son as his manager, another change of image followed, and he is now highly respected by other singers. and others among the "10 For Tomorrow," in the EBONY 2000: Special Millennium Issue. Jones's recording career slumped during the seventies and eighties, though his touring continued successfully. She was named with Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. His early hits include:.

In 1999 Hill received three awards at the 30th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California. Jones had an internationally successful television variety show from 1969-1971 titled "This Is Tom Jones.". Hill is noted as a humanitarian, and in 1996 she received an Essence Award for work which has included the 1996 founding of the Refugee Project, an outreach organization that supports a two-week overnight camp for at-risk youth, and for supporting well-building projects in Kenya and Uganda, as well as for staging a rap concert in Harlem to promote voter registration. Soon after, in Las Vegas, they started throwing hotel room keys. They received an undisclosed amount of money and were given credit for drum programming and a small amount of lyrical, instrumental and production work. Ladies would swoon and scream, and in 1968, starting at New York's Copacabana night club, some would throw their panties on stage. Soon after, Hill and her recording company were sued by Vada Nobles, Rasheem Pugh, Johari Newton and Tejumold Newton, known as "New Ark Entertainment," who claimed to have been denied full credit and compensation for their assistance on the album. He was known for his overt sexuality in the 1960s, before this was as common as it became in subsequent years.

Woodson's book, The Miseducation of the Negro. Following several hits in the UK, he became a Las Vegas lounge singer and his image quickly changed. The album's title was inspired by Carter G. Jones was awarded the Best New Artist Grammy in 1965.[1] (http://www.grammy.com/awards/search/index.aspx). Among the singles on the album was "Doo Wop (That Thing)." In 1999's Grammy Awards, Hill was nominated eleven times and won Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album, setting a new record for a female performer. He rose to fame in the mid-1960s, with an exuberant live act which included wearing tight breeches and billowing shirts, in an Edwardian style popular amongst his peers at the time. In 1998, Hill released The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, a critical smash hit that ended up on numerous best-of lists for the year, decade and all time. He lives in the USA, but makes regular visits to his native land of Wales.

She appeared as a singer in the soundtracks for Conspiracy Theory in 1997 on the track, "Can't take My Eyes Off of You," and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood in 2001 on the "Selah" track. He married and had a child at the age of sixteen, long before becoming a pop idol. Despite frequent and much publicized infidelities, including an affair with the dethroned Miss World of 1973, USA's Marjorie Wallace, he has remained married and a family man. Hill's other acting work includes the television series "King of the Hill" (as "Arletta the Elevator Operator"), the play "Club 127," and the motion pictures Hav Plenty (1997) and Restaurant (1998). He was born Thomas Jones Woodward in Pontypridd, Wales. This was followed by The Score, a multi-platinum selling album that established all three Fugees (Hill, Pras Michel and Wyclef Jean) as international successes. Tom Jones (born June 7, 1940) is a Welsh pop singer with a large and powerful voice. The Fugees' first album, Blunted on Reality, was much-hyped but fell far short of expectations. Tom Jones and Jools Holland (2004).

Though the Fugees had originally formed in 1988, Hill's membership was disrupted by her acting and her education at Columbia University. The Definitive Tom Jones 1964-2002 (2003). Her acting roles included the TV show As the World Turns (as "Kira Johnson" in 1991), and the film Sister Act II: Back in the Habit, the latter of which showcased her vocal abilities. Greatest Hits (2003). She was born in South Orange, New Jersey and began singing and acting at a very young age. Jones (2002). Lauryn Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American hip hop singer, initially establishing her reputation as the most visible and vocal member of The Fugees. Mr.

Download sample (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d2/LaurynHillRedemptionSong.ogg) of Hill covering Bob Marley's "Redemption Song". Reload (1999). From The Vaults (1998). The Lead And How To Swing It (1994). Carrying A Torch (1991).

At This Moment (1989). It's Not Unusual - His Greatest Hits (1987). Matador - The Musical Life of El Cordobes (1987). Don't Let Our Dreams Die Young (1983).

Tom Jones Country (1982). Darlin' (1981). Rescue Me (1979). Do You Take This Man (1979).

What A Night (1979). Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow (1977). Tom Jones Sings 24 Great Standards (1976). Memories Don't Leave Like People Do (1975).

Somethin' Bout You Baby I Like (1974). Tom Jones Greatest Hits (1973). The Body and Soul of Tom Jones (1973). Close Up (1972).

Live at Caesar's Palace (1971). She's A Lady (1971). I Who Have Nothing (1970). Tom (1970).

Live at the Flamingo Las Vegas (1969). This Is Tom Jones (1968). Help Yourself (1968). Delilah (1968).

13 Smash Hits (1967). Live at the Talk of the Town (1967). Green Green Grass of Home (1967). From the Heart (1966).

A-Tom-ic Jones (1966). Along Came Jones (1965). Black Betty (2003). Tom Jones International (2002).

You Need Love Like I Do (2000, with Heather Small of M People). Sex Bomb (2000, with Mousse T). Mama Told Me Not To Come (2000, with Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics). Baby, It's Cold Outside (1999, with Cerys Matthews of Catatonia).

Burning Down The House (1999, with The Cardigans). I Wanna Get Back With You (1994, with Tori Amos). If I Only Knew (1994). All You Need Is Love (1993).

Delilah (1992, re-issue). Carrying A Torch (1991, with Van Morrison). Couldn't Say Goodbye (1991). Move Closer (1989).

Kiss (1988, a cover of Prince's song with The Art of Noise). I Was Born To Be Me (1987). It's Not Unusual (1987, re-issue). A Boy From Nowhere (1987).

Do You Take This Man (1979). Have You Ever Been Lonely? (1977). No One Gave me Love (1977). Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow (1977).

Baby as You Turn Away 1976). Memories Don't Leave But people Do (1975). I Got Your Number (1975). Ain't no Love (1975).

Something 'Bout You Baby I Like (1974). La La La (1973). Today I Started Loving You Again (1973). Letter To Lucille (1973).

Golden Days (1973). The Young New Mexican Puppeteer (1972). Till (1971). Puppet Man (1971).

My Way (1971). She's A Lady (1971). I (Who Have Nothing) (1970). Daughter Of Darkness (1970).

Without Love b/w The Man Who Knows Too Much (1969). Love Me Tonight b/w Hide And Seek (1969). A Minute Of Your Time b/w Looking Out Of My Window (1968). Help Yourself b/w Day By Day (1968).

Delilah b/w Smile (1968). I'm Coming Home b/w The Lonely One (1967). I'll Never Fall In Love Again b/w Things I Wanna Do (1967). Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings (1967).

Detroit City b/w If I Had You (1967). In the all-time UK best-sellers list published in 2002, it came 47th with an audited sale of 1.2 million copies. The Green, Green Grass Of Home is his biggest-selling single. The Green, Green Grass of Home b/w If I Had You (1966)

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    This And That b/w City Girl (1966). Once There Was A Time b/w Not Responsible (1966). To Make A Big Man Cry b/w I'll Never Give Away Love (1966). Thunderball b/w Key To My Heart (1966).

    What's New Pussycat? b/w Rose (1965). With These Hands b/w Untrue (1965). Once Upon A Time b/w I Tell The Sea (1965). It's Not Unusual b/w To Wait For Love (1965).

    Chills & Fever b/w Breathless (1964, produced by Joe Meek). Tom Jones International (2003). You Need Love Like I Do (2000, with Heather Small of M People). Sex Bomb (From 1999's Reload (perhaps the single was released in 2000?), with Mousse T).

    Three Dog Night's song Mama Told Me Not To Come (2000, with Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics). Iggy Pop's song Lust for Life (1999, with The Pretenders). Baby, It's Cold Outside (1999, with Cerys Matthews of Catatonia). Talking Heads' song Burning Down The House (1999, with The Cardigans).

    Prince's song Kiss (1988, with The Art of Noise). She's A Lady (1971). Without Love (1969). Help Yourself (1968).

    Delilah (1968), the usual choice of song for impressionists "doing" Tom Jones. I'll Never Fall In Love Again (1967). The Green, Green Grass of Home (1966), his most successful single, which became associated with his native Wales, despite being written about the USA. Thunderball, the theme for the James Bond film (1966).

    What's New Pussycat?, written by Burt Bacharach for Woody Allen's What's New, Pussycat? (1965). It's Not Unusual (1965).

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