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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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. Some other well-known tracks included:. The three Fugees were reunited on September 18, 2004 at Dave Chappelle's Block Party in Brooklyn, New York. Billy Barty even appeared in a video by "Weird Al" Yankovic. Hill's nickname is "L-boogie.". There is a clear line of influence from the Marx Brothers to Spike Jones and to Stan Freberg, The Goons, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and to "Weird Al" Yankovic. A fourth child was born in 2003. His real name was not Harry Joseph Chick Daugherty.

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. He was not born on 14th May 1916, nor did he die on March 29th 1966. 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. Many compilations from the seventies and eighties contained spurious dates of birth and death for Spike in the liner notes. Unfortunately they have been widely reproduced on the web and in books. 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 members of Spike Jones's band appear in the film - Billy Barty (1924 - 2000) and Paul "Mousie" Garner (1909 - 2004), playing themselves. 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. It contains the last appearance of George Burns.

Hill released an MTV Unplugged album laced with verbal interludes in 2002 to mixed reviews. "Radioland Murders" was poorly reviewed and compared unfavorable with Woody Allen's "Radio Days". 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. Set in 1939, it contains fictionalized versions of Spike Jones and Frank Sinatra. [1] (http://www.snopes.com/quotes/lauryn.htm). In 1994 Mel Smith directed a film based on a script by George Lucas. This is considered unlikely, however, as no recording could be found of the supposed incident. He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.

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. Spike Jones died in Beverly Hills on 1st May 1965. In 1999 Ebony magazine named her one of "100+ Most Influential Black Americans.". Also in 1956, Jones released his first LP, Dinner Music For People Who Aren't Very Hungry. By 1959 his act seemed old-fashioned and work dried up. and others among the "10 For Tomorrow," in the EBONY 2000: Special Millennium Issue. "The Perry Como Show" had him as a guest in 1956, and Jack Benny in the same year. She was named with Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. Once his fame grew he repaid his debt to Spike by inviting him onto his show in 1958.

In 1999 Hill received three awards at the 30th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California. He was glad to have work as a comedy actor. 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. The war years were lean times for Frank Sinatra. They received an undisclosed amount of money and were given credit for drum programming and a small amount of lyrical, instrumental and production work. Songs from the soundies were released on a compilation called Not Your Standard Spike Jones Collection. 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. In 1990 BBC2 screened six compilation shows from these broadcasts.

Woodson's book, The Miseducation of the Negro. The band got their own variety shows on NBC then CBS from 1954 to 1961. The album's title was inspired by Carter G. One of their instruments was a "latrinophone", a toilet seat with strings. 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. In them we see Jones dressed in a suit with an enormous check pattern, leaping around playing cowbells, a suite of klaxons, foghorns, then xylophone then shooting a pistol into the air. 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. These so-called soundies were put onto juke boxes.

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. A series of short musical films were made by the band. 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). Dora Bryan had a hit in 1963 with a variation called "All I want For Christmas is a Beatle". 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. It was a number one hit. The Fugees' first album, Blunted on Reality, was much-hyped but fell far short of expectations. In 1948 Spike recorded "(All I want for Christmas is) my two Front Teeth".

Though the Fugees had originally formed in 1988, Hill's membership was disrupted by her acting and her education at Columbia University. It used drinking glasses as musical instruments. 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. Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny and other Warner Brothers cartoon characters, provided the hiccups on "Clink Clink Another Drink". She was born in South Orange, New Jersey and began singing and acting at a very young age. A collection of 12 of these homicides was released in 1971 as "Spike Jones is Murdering The Classics". 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. In live shows Spike would acknowledge the applause with complete solemnity, saying "Thank you music lovers".

Download sample (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d2/LaurynHillRedemptionSong.ogg) of Hill covering Bob Marley's "Redemption Song". It was played at a jaunty pace on inappropriate instruments. Rossini's "William Tell Overture" was rendered on kitchen implements. One of his earliest recordings was an adaption of Liszt's "Liebestraum". He appeared in a dozen films in the late forties and fifties, always playing himself. The band grew from 7 to 16 players.

Through the late 40s and early 50's the band toured the USA and Canada under the name "The Musical Depreciation Revue". Sinatra appeared in October 1948, Lassie in May 1949. Spike's parody of Vaughn Monroe's "Ghost Riders In the Sky" was quickly withdrawn and is a prized rarity. In more than 60 shows his guests included Groucho Marx, Hank Williams, Frankie Laine and Burl Ives.

In 1945 he got his own show. His signature tune, Cocktails for Two, was recorded in about 1943. Spike had seven top ten hits from 1942 to 1949, even though no new recordings were made for a year during a strike by the American Federation of Musicians. It is said that even Hitler heard it.

It reached number 2. It contained the song "Der Fuehrer's Face" which was released as a single. In 1942 Walt Disney made a propaganda cartoon called "Donald Duck in Nutzi Land". They recorded five records for Victor's label "Bluebird" before receiving their big break.

They became his backing band The City Slickers.Jones's wife was the singer Helen Grayco, who performed on some of his radio shows. By 1941 the band included violinist Carl Grayson. Other band members were George Rock (voice and trumpet), Doodles Weaver (voice) and Red Ingle (voice). He joined up with vocalist Del Porter and performed in Los Angeles, gaining a cult following. In 1940, he had an uncredited part in the film Give Us Wings, and in 1942 as a hillbilly in Pass the Biscuits, Mirandy.

In the 1930's he joined the Victor Young Band and thereby got many offers to appear to radio shows including the Al Jolson Lifebuoy Show, Burns and Allen (with George Burns) and Bing Crosby's Kraft Music Hall. He frequently played in theater pit orchestras. A chef in a railroad restaurant taught him how to use adapted pots and pans, forks, knives and spoons as musical instruments. As a teenager he played in bands that he formed himself.

At the age of eleven he got his first set of drums. His father was a Southern Pacific railroad agent. He got his nickname by being so thin that he was compared to a railroad spike. He was born in Long Beach, California. Lindley Armstrong "Spike" Jones (December 14, 1911 - May 1, 1965) was a popular musician and comedian.


. "You Always Hurt the One You Love". "The Sheik of Araby". "The Blue Danube".

"That Old Black Magic". "I Went to your Wedding". "Cocktails for Two".

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