Kris Kross

Kris Kross (Chris Kelly and Chris Smith) were a teenage rap duo of the early 90's most famous for wearing their clothes backward. They were discovered in 1991 performing at a mall in Atlanta, GA by Jermaine Dupri. Their first album, Totally Krossed Out, was released in 1992 and managed to sell more than four million copies. It included the hit single Jump, which stayed at number 1 on the Billboard charts for eight weeks. This landed them a spot on Michael Jackson's European tour that year.

Released in 1993, a second album, entitled Da Bomb failed to match their early success. 1996 saw the release of their final album Young, Rich and Dangerous which was also a commercial dissapointment.

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1996 saw the release of their final album Young, Rich and Dangerous which was also a commercial dissapointment. Some of John's most well known solo songs include:. Released in 1993, a second album, entitled Da Bomb failed to match their early success. John Lennon wrote three books himself: A Spaniard in the Works, John Lennon: In his own write, and Skywriting by Word of Mouth. A personal sketchbook with Lennon's familiar cartoons illustrating definitions of Japanese words, Ai, was published posthumously. This landed them a spot on Michael Jackson's European tour that year. Notable among these are The Lives of John Lennon by Albert Goldman and Lennon: The Definitive Biography by Ray Coleman. It included the hit single Jump, which stayed at number 1 on the Billboard charts for eight weeks. Numerous biographies of John Lennon have been published.

Their first album, Totally Krossed Out, was released in 1992 and managed to sell more than four million copies. In 2004 Madonna paid tribute to Lennon by singing a cover of the song "Imagine" during her anti-war themed "Re-Invention World Tour". They were discovered in 1991 performing at a mall in Atlanta, GA by Jermaine Dupri. BBC History Magazine commented that his "generational influence is immense.". Kris Kross (Chris Kelly and Chris Smith) were a teenage rap duo of the early 90's most famous for wearing their clothes backward. In the same year, Lennon was voted 8th by the British public in the "100 Greatest Britons" poll run by the BBC. In March, 2002, his native city, Liverpool, honored his memory by renaming their airport "Liverpool John Lennon Airport", and adopting as its motto a line from his song "Imagine", "Above us only sky".

An avowed devotee of Lennon, Young's performance is considered one of the highlights of his lengthy career. Hosted by Lennon publicist Elliot Mintz, the show spotlighted raw sessions from throughout Lennon's career with and without The Beatles, including rare material never released to the public. During the America: A Tribute to Heroes concert on September 21, 2001, Neil Young sang "Imagine". Specially selected radio stations aired a syndicated series called The Lost Lennon Tapes in 1990. The Mellotron that Lennon used to record, amongst other songs, Strawberry Fields Forever, is currently owned by Trent Reznor of the band Nine Inch Nails.

The following year, at an auction of Beatles memorabilia, Lennon's jukebox was sold at Christie's for 2,500 pounds. It also introduced "Real Love", one of the last songs composed by Lennon, in an early demo (a later demo would form the basis for the version rehashed by The Beatles for The Beatles Anthology). The movie was a biography of the former Beatle, featuring interviews, rarely seen musical material, and narration by Lennon himself (formed from interviews and tapes recorded by Lennon). produced a documentary film, Imagine: John Lennon (sanctioned in part by Yoko Ono).

In 1988, Warner Bros. When George Harrison died in 2001, people congregated on the "Imagine" mosaic circle in Strawberry Fields. The Strawberry Fields Memorial was constructed in Central Park across the street from the Dakota, in memory of Lennon. A special commemorative issue of Rolling Stone magazine released shortly after the murder featured as its cover a photo taken the morning of the shooting by Annie Leibovitz showing a nude Lennon in an embryonic pose kissing a fully clothed Ono.

Her request for a silent gathering was honoured all over the world. Ono sent word that their singing kept her awake and asked that they re-convene in Central Park the following Sunday, for ten minutes of silent prayer see also the 1980 Central Park Vigil - Tribute to John Lennon ( A crowd gathered outside the Dakota the night of Lennon's death. Millions would receive the news that night from Howard Cosell, commentator for ABC's Monday Night Football.

Despite extensive resuscitative efforts in the hospital, Lennon had lost over 80% of his blood volume and expired as a result of his wounds. When asked if he knew who he was, Lennon's last words have been reported to be, "Yeah," or "I'm John Lennon of the Beatles", or a nod. Unable to wait for an ambulance, two officers transported Lennon to the hospital in the back of their squad car. As Lennon walked past him, Chapman called out to him and assumed what witnesses called a "combat stance", firing five shots as Lennon turned around.

Chapman was hiding in the carriage vestibule as Lennon and Ono got approached the building. Later that evening, Lennon and Ono returned to the apartment from recording Ono's single "Walking On Thin Ice" for their next album. Chapman remained in the vicinity of the Dakota for most of the day as a fireworks demonstration in nearby Central Park distracted the doorman and passers-by. On the morning of December 8, 1980, in New York City, deranged fan Mark David Chapman met Lennon as he left for the recording studio and got his copy of Double Fantasy autographed.

Winston O'Boogie, Mel Torrment, and The Reverend Fred Gherkin. Throughout his solo career, Lennon appeared on his own albums (as well as those of other artists like Elton John) under such pseudonyms as Dr. Lennon's son with Cynthia, Julian Lennon, enjoys a notable recording career of his own, as does his son with Yoko, Sean Lennon. It was some time before Ono could bring herself to complete it.

He also commenced work on Milk and Honey which he left unfinished. "(Just Like) Starting Over" began climbing the singles charts... Lennon's retirement lasted until 1980, when he and Ono produced Double Fantasy, a concept album dealing with their relationship. immigration status was finally resolved favourably, after a years-long battle started by the Nixon administration that included a politically-motivated FBI investigation.

This was made easier in 1976 when his U.S. This project was complicated by Phil Spector's involvement as producer and several legal battles; the result received generally negative reviews, though it yielded a lauded cover of "Stand By Me". At this point Lennon retired to concentrate on his family life. The following year Lennon released the Rock 'n' Roll album of cover versions of old rock and roll songs of his youth. It was to be his last ever concert appearance.

Lennon capped the year by making a surprise guest appearance at an Elton John concert in Madison Square Garden where they performed "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", "Whatever Gets You Through the Night", and "I Saw Her Standing There" together. Another top ten hit from the album was the Beatlesque reverie "#9 Dream". Despite the chaos, Lennon managed to put together a reasonably well-received album, Walls And Bridges, which featured a collaboration with Elton John on the up-tempo number one hit "Whatever Gets You Through the Night". It should be noted that both Goldman and Giuliano have been heavily criticized for their work.

Lennon's estate, however, has denied charges that he was bisexual. It was also during his time in New York that Lennon purportedly engaged in sexual relationships with men, according to biographers Albert Goldman (The Lives of John Lennon) and Geoffrey Giuliano (Lennon in New York). During 1974 Lennon's personal life fell into disrepair — a temporary move to Los Angeles, some drunken public escapades, and a fourteen-month split from Ono during which he had an extramarital affair with Ono's former secretary May Pang. His most striking song of that year was the wry "I'm the Greatest", which he wrote for Ringo Starr's very successful Ringo album.

Lennon rebounded somewhat in 1973 with Mind Games, which featured a strong title tune and some vague mumblings about a concept called "Nutopia". Lennon and Ono also did a week-long guest co-host stint on the Mike Douglas Show, in an appearance that showed that Lennon's wit and humour were still intact. On 30 August 1972 Lennon and his backing Elephant's Memory Band staged two benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York; it was to be his last full-length concert appearance. This record is generally seen as the nadir of Lennon's career, full of heavy-handed and simplistic messaging unredeemed by much artistic value.

Perhaps in reaction, his next album, Sometime In New York City, was loud, raucous, and explicitly political, with songs about prison riots, racial and sexual relations, the British role in the sectarian troubles in Northern Ireland, and his own problems in obtaining a United States Green Card. The title track is a lovely song which has become an anthem for world harmony, and was matched in image by Lennon's "white period" (white clothes, white piano, white room ...). This was followed in 1971 by Imagine, his most successful solo album, which alternates in tone between dreaminess and anger. Lennon continued this effort to demythologise the Beatles with a long, confrontational interview published in Rolling Stone magazine.

The centerpiece is "God", in which he lists all the things he does not believe in, ending with "Beatles". It remains to this day one of the most brutally personal musical works ever made by anybody. Following the Beatles' split in 1970, he released the Plastic Ono Band album, a raw, honest record, heavily influenced by Arthur Janov's Primal therapy, which Lennon had undergone previously. He also recorded three singles in his initial solo phase, the anti-war anthem "Give Peace a Chance", "Cold Turkey" (about his struggles with heroin) and "Instant Karma!".

His first 'solo' album of popular music was Live Peace In Toronto, recorded in 1969 (prior to the breakup of the Beatles) at the Rock 'n' Roll Festival in Toronto with a Plastic Ono Band including Eric Clapton and Klaus Voormann. 2: Life With The Lions, and Wedding Album. 1: Two Virgins, Unfinished Music No. While he was still a Beatle, Lennon and Ono recorded three albums of experimental and difficult electronic music, Unfinished Music No.

Of the four former Beatles, Lennon had perhaps the most varied recording career, often reflecting the vicissitudes of his personality. Though the split would only become legally final some time later, Lennon and McCartney's partnership had come to a bitter end. He was even quoted as saying that he was "sickened" by the "mutilation" of his music. Bridges were burnt as an enraged McCartney announced he was quitting the group stating that his approval was not obtained when Phil Spector, at the insistence of Lennon and George Harrison, added overly lush orchestration to several of McCartney's pieces.

But the release of the rough, and over-orchestrated Let It Be album in May, 1970 had acrimonious results. Abbey Road was the last polished, united effort by the group, and after its release in the autumn of 1969, it seemed the four members had made a peaceful parting of ways. A full-sized bed was rolled into the studio so that Lennon would not be separated from Ono. After both being injured in the summer of 1969 in a car accident in Scotland, Lennon arranged for Yoko to be constantly with him in the studio as he recorded his last album with The Beatles, Abbey Road.

Lennon wrote "The Ballad of John and Yoko" about his marriage and the subsequent press it generated. Shortly after, John changed his middle name from Winston to Ono to show his "oneness" with Yoko. They were mainly patronized as a couple of eccentrics by the media, but still were important figures in the anti-war movement. During the second "bed-in" the couple recorded "Give Peace a Chance".

John and Yoko followed up their honeymoon with another "bed-in" for peace this time held in Montreal. On March 20, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married in Gibraltar, and spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam in a "bed-in" for peace. He sent back the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) he got from the Queen of England to protest British support of the Vietnam War and their involvement in African affairs as well as "'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts". During his last two years as member of The Beatles, Lennon spent much of his time with Yoko on public displays protesting the Vietnam War.

At the end of 1968, Lennon and Ono performed as Dirty Mac on The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. In reality the four Beatles were already diverging shortly after the death of their manager Brian Epstein in 1967, due to their having increasingly incompatible personal and musical interests. Casual folklore has often placed blame on Ono as the major or sole cause of the group's fracture. This new development led to obvious friction with the other members of the group, and heightened the tension during the 1968 White Album sessions.

Cynthia Lennon filed for divorce later that year, while Lennon and Ono from then on were inseparable in public and private, as well as during Beatles recording sessions. Lennon began his love affair with Ono in 1968 after returning from India and revealed the fact to his estranged wife Cynthia. On November 9, 1966, after their final tour ended and right after he had wrapped up filming a minor role in the film How I Won the War, Lennon visited an art exhibit of Yoko Ono's at the Indica art gallery in London. He was often misquoted as saying "bigger than Jesus", which led many to believe that he meant that the Beatles were better than Jesus.

The Vatican accepted his apology. Lennon later admitted that he didn't like having introduced more hate into the world, and on August 11, 1966, he held a press conference in Chicago in order to address the growing furor. Spain and the Vatican denounced Lennon's words, and South Africa banned Beatles music from the radio. Radio stations banned the group's recordings, and their albums and other products were burned and destroyed.

Though the article went unnoticed in the UK, there was a severe backlash by conservative religious groups in the U.S. On March 4, 1966, in an interview for the London Evening Standard with Maureen Cleave, he made the following statement:. John Lennon often spoke his mind freely. Lennon's partnership in songwriting with McCartney many times involved him in complementing and counterbalancing McCartney's upbeat, positive outlook with the other side of the coin, as one of their songs, "Getting Better" demonstrates:.

His most surreal pieces of songwriting, "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "I Am the Walrus" are fine example of his unique style. Lennon's lyrics are also often the more lyrical, due to his love of word-play, double-meaning and strange words. Though overly simplistic, this view does have some truth as much of the songs credited to Lennon-McCartney, but actually inspired by Lennon himself are more developed, introspective pieces often in the first-person and dealing with more personal issues. Of the two, Lennon is generally viewed as the better lyricist, while McCartney is seen as the more accomplished composer.

He is widely considered, along with fellow-writing partner Paul McCartney, as one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians of the 20th century. As a member of The Beatles, Lennon had a profound influence on rock and roll and in expanding the genre's boundaries during the 1960s. He married Cynthia in 1962 after she became pregnant with his child, Julian. Eventually, in the late 1950s, Lennon formed his own skiffle group called The Quarry Men, which later became The Silver Beetles (a tribute to Buddy Holly's Crickets) and soon afterwards was shortened to The Beatles.

However, John steadily grew to hate the conformity of art school and, like many young men of his age, became increasingly interested in Rock 'n' Roll music and American singers like Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. His Aunt Mimi was able to get him accepted into the Liverpool College of Art by showing them some of his drawings, and it was there that he met his future wife, Cynthia Powell. Later, in 1968, Lennon wrote a song entitled "Julia" in honour of his mother. This event influenced many of his later songs, and was also one of the factors that cemented his friendship with Paul McCartney, who had lost his own mother to breast cancer at the age of 14.

Soon after his 16th birthday, his mother was killed after she was struck by a car driven by a drunken off-duty police officer. Although John lived apart from his mother he still kept in contact with her through regular visits, and during this time Julia was responsible for introducing her son to a lifelong interest in music by teaching him how to play the banjo. During his early Beatle career, Lennon wore contacts or prescription sunglasses, but later donned his trademark, round "granny-glasses" in late 1966. Around adolescence, Lennon developed severe myopia and was obliged to wear glasses in order to see clearly.

His mother, Julia, then decided that she was unable to care for John and so gave him to her sister, Mimi. Lennon lived with his parents in Liverpool until his father Fred Lennon, a merchant seaman, walked out on the family. Both of his parents had musical background and experience, though neither pursued it seriously. John Winston Lennon was born on the evening of 9 October 1940 during the height of Germany's Blitz on Britain.

He is recognized as one of the musical icons of the century, and his songs (such as "Imagine" and "Strawberry Fields Forever") are frequently ranked among the best songs of the 20th century. As half of the legendary Lennon-McCartney songwriting team, he heavily influenced the development of rock music, leading it towards more serious and political messages. His creative career also included the roles of solo musician, political activist, artist, actor and author. John Winston Ono Lennon, (October 9, 1940 - December 8, 1980), is best known as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist for The Beatles.

2003 "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (with Yoko Ono, The Plastic Ono Band and The Harlem Community Choir) (re-issue) #32 UK. 1999 "Imagine" (re-issue) #3 UK. 1988 "Jealous Guy" #80 US. 1985 "Jealous Guy" #65 UK.

1984 "Borrowed Time" #32 UK. 1984 "I'm Stepping Out" #55 US. 1984 "Nobody Told Me" #5 US, #6 UK. 1982 "Love" #41 UK.

1981 "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (with Yoko Ono, The Plastic Ono Band and The Harlem Community Choir) (re-entry) #28 UK. 1981 "Watching the Wheels" #10 US, #30 UK. John Lennon & The Muscle Shoals Horns) #40 UK. 1981 "I Saw Her Standing There" (Elton John Band feat.

1981 "Woman" #1 UK, #2 US. 1980 "Imagine" (re-entry) #1 UK. 1980 "Give Peace a Chance" (with The Plastic Ono Band) (re-entry) #33 UK. 1980 "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" (with Yoko Ono, The Plastic Ono Band and The Harlem Community Choir) (re-entry) #2 UK.

1980 "(Just Like) Starting Over" #1 US, #1 UK. 1975 "Imagine" #6 UK. 1975 "Stand by Me" #20 US, #30 UK. 1975 "Number 9 Dream" #9 US, #23 UK.

1974 "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" (with The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band) #1 US, #36 UK. 1973 "Mind Games" #18 US, #26 UK. 1972 "Woman Is the Nigger of the World" #57 US. 1972 "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" (with Yoko Ono, The Plastic Ono Band and The Harlem Community Choir) #4 UK.

1971 "Imagine" #3 US. 1971 "Power to the People" (with The Plastic Ono Band) #7 UK, #11 US. 1971 "Mother" #43 US. 1970 "Instant Karma (We All Shine On)" (with Yoko Ono and The Plastic Ono Band) #3 US, #5 UK.

1969 "Cold Turkey" (with The Plastic Ono Band) #14 UK, #30 US. 1969 "Give Peace a Chance" (with The Plastic Ono Band) #2 UK, #14 US. Acoustic (2004). "Mind Games" Ultradisc II Audiophile Gold CD by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (2004).

"Plastic Ono Band" Ultradisc II Audiophile Gold CD by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (2003). "Imagine" Ultradisc II Audiophile Gold CD by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (2003). Wonsaponatime (selections from the Lennon anthology) (1998). Anthology (1998).

Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon (1997). Imagine: John Lennon (1988). Menlove Avenue (1986). Live In New York City (1986).

Milk And Honey (with Yoko Ono) (1984). The John Lennon Collection (best-of and singles compilation) (1982). Double Fantasy (with Yoko Ono) (1980). Shaved Fish (best-of and singles compilation) (1975).

Rock 'n' Roll (1975). Walls And Bridges (1974). Mind Games (1973). Sometime In New York City (with Yoko Ono) (1972).

Imagine (1971). Plastic Ono Band (1970). Live Peace In Toronto (1969). Wedding Album (1969).

Unfinished Music No.2: Life With The Lions (1969). Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins (1968). "(Just Like) Starting Over" — Double Fantasy, 1980. "Woman" — Double Fantasy, 1980.

"Mind Games" — Mind Games, 1973. "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" — single, 1972. "Woman Is The Nigger Of The World" — Sometime In New York City, 1972. "Jealous Guy" — Imagine, 1971.

"Imagine" — Imagine, 1971. "Love_(song)" — Plastic Ono Band, 1970. "Instant Karma!" — single, 1970. "Give Peace A Chance" — single, 1969.

In addition to performing with Lennon's Plastic Ono Band, Voorman also performed with George Harrison and Manfred Mann. Lennon's friend, musician Klaus Voorman, did the artwork for The Beatles Revolver LP. Heavy metal musician Dimebag Darrell was murdered in 2004 on the anniversary of Lennon's death. The airport in Liverpool is named John Lennon Airport (

Dead Silence in the Brain ( The Assassination of John Lennon ( Many people believe that Lennon's murder was actually a political assassination.


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