May Pang
May Pang
May Fung Yee Pang is best known as the former girlfriend of John Lennon. She had previously worked as a personal assistant and production coordinator for Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono. In 1973, Lennon and Ono separated, and Lennon and Pang had a relationship that lasted over 18 months, which Lennon later referred to as his "Lost Weekend.
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Why I Contributed To Milo Yiannopoulo's Speech
Huffington Post - 15 days
Co-author: Jay Pang, Co-Founder of Programming Interview Prep image courtesy:conservative101.com I am an Asian. I contributed to the crowdfunded campaign to help Milo Yiannopoulos continue to make disparaging remarks on minorities like me. No, I'm not self-hating! I'm just a believer in free speech. America is a land rooted in the ideas of a free society: the freedom to be who you are, to speak your mind and to innovate. Two hundred years after the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights guaranteed freedom of speech, it continues to be our most cherished value. Free speech is not a symbolic talisman like a national flag or motto. It is what distinguishes America from Russia. The true test for freedom of speech is in supporting the right to speak the ideas we disagree with. To quote President Andrew Shepherd from the movie 'The American President', "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil." image courtesy latimes. ...
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Imagine...if John Lennon were still alive
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Imagine...if John Lennon were alive this week to celebrate his 75th birthday! It's a tantalizing thought, isn't it? What would life have been life for the ex-Beatles if only... You don't need to be a Beatles expert to have your own thoughts on the matter. While his murder in 1980 was a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions, there is nothing to be gained by dwelling on it. So instead, this week - when John would have turned 75 years old - I've been thinking about what might have been. I guess I was prompted into this after reading a new young adult novel titled "Get Back; Imagine...Saving John Lennon" by one Donovan Day. The book explores the adventures of a young guitar-playing teen who is transported back in time to meet the Beatles. All goes well until "the boys" learn he's from the future and John pointedly asks, "What will happen to me?" While the protagonist cannot bring himself to answer, he does instead go back in time to save John from his killer's bullets. What happ ...
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Chambers May ‘Ping-Pong’ Bill to Avoid a Shutdown
Yahoo News - over 3 years
As the Senate heaves toward a Saturday vote on a bill to keep the government funded, the House is working on possible countermeasures that would bounce the legislation back to the upper chamber as the Tuesday deadline for a government shutdown approaches.
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Were Mick Jagger And David Bowie An 'Item?'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Christopher Andersen has already given millions of readers access to the private worlds of Madonna, Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand. But now, in a controversial new biography on Mick Jagger, "Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger," the author says he will reveal whom the music legend considers the love of his life -- and it's not one of the 4,000 women the rocker reportedly slept with. Andersen says Jagger counted John Lennon among his closest companions. “They were close friends. Mick had a great relationship with John. And that is one of the sad stories. May Pang, [for] whom John left Yoko [Ono] for a time, said they [John and Mick] used to sit on the floor of John’s apartment eating Chinese takeout food and watch sitcoms and then he went back to Yoko and the door slammed shut.” Andersen also claims that Jagger and David Bowie were an “item” for two years and that David’s wife, Angie, caught them in bed together. “The song ‘Angie’ was written about Da ...
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Grammy-winning Quakertown resident on CNN
The Morning Call - Blogs - almost 5 years
A Quakertown resident who was on the team that won a Grammy for the children's CD "All About Bullies...Big and Small," was interviewed by CNN's Erin Burnett for Out Front. In it Kevin Mackie of East Coast Recording Co. talks about bullying, the CD and his day job in a Quakertown grocery store. The CD was produced by Mackie along with Allentown's Gloria Domina and Bucks County's Steve Pullara of Cool Beans Music, Pat Robinson of Robinsongs and James Cravero also of East Coast Recording Co. All volunteered their time and talents to help make the benefit CD and all proceeds of the CD -- which features a mix of poems and songs about bullies on the bus, cyber-bullies, kids who don't fit in and kids who are learning to stand up for themselves -- goes to Pacer Center's National Bullying Prevention Center in Minnesota. Among the 40 featured artists are: Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band members Steve Van Zandt and Vini Lopez; Universal recording artist Blue October; John Lennon girlf ...
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Ron Galella Q&A - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Photo: RON GALELLA March 13, 1974: Los Angeles – John Lennon, Mick Jagger, and May Pang attend the American Film Institute Salute to James Cagney at the Century Plaza Hotel - part of an exhibition at London's Hamiltons Gallery this month
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Every Little Thing returns to the airwaves - BeatlesNews.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
You'll also find lots of interviews with various people connected to the Beatles on the home page, such as photographer Robert Freeman, Geoff Emerick, Denny Laine, Mark Rivera, May Pang and others
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How music affects John Lennon, you & me - NorthJersey.com
Google News - over 5 years
In a phone interview May Pang, ex-girlfriend of John Lennon, said she thinks music's appeal is that "it's universal." One listen to the Beatles as a kid, and Pang, too, was hooked. After hearing the Beatles on the radio, "I wanted to be involved in
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The World's First Dancing Carrot Proposal - Weird Asia News (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
The proposal was captured on video below. Although in Chinese, the gist of the event needs no translation. May Pang be as generous to his bride with another kind of carrot and may the course of true love always run…orange (or something like that)
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Miami couple recalls their unforgettable time together with John Lennon - KSDK
Google News - over 5 years
Maria and Armando Ontiveiro are Cuban and Mexican immigrants who just so happened to live upstairs in the Santa Monica Beach house where for four months in 1974, John Lennon lived with then-girlfriend May Pang, Ringo Star and other famous friends
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Local Couple Recall Life with John Lennon - NBC Miami
Google News - over 5 years
In 1974, Lennon and his girlfriend May Pang rented a beach house in Santa Monica, California and moved in with fellow former Beatle Ringo Starr, The Who drummer Keith Moon, and other famous musicians. The Ontiveros were hired as caretakers
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Beatles photographer Mike Mitchell - exclusive interview airs on May Pang show - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
July 26, 2011, New York – Beatles photographer Mike Mitchell gave an exclusive interview yesterday with May Pang on her internet radio show on BlogTalkRadio.com called Dinner Specials with May Pang and Cynthia Neilson. Mitchell, a magazine photographer
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“El músico que es un genio lo es tomando drogas o no” - Diario Siglo XXI
Google News - over 5 years
A mediados de los setenta, Lennon mantuvo una relación sentimental con May Pang, asistente personal de John y Yoko, ya que éstos tuvieron una crisis matrimonial causada en buena parte por la presión a la que estaban sometidos por la Administración
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Bang Bang! Christie's Silver Hammer Nets $361938 For Unseen Beatles Photos - New York Observer
Google News - over 5 years
After the auction, The Observer caught up with onetime Lennon girlfriend May Pang, a curvy Asian woman with a black shaggy bob, as she chatted with her friends and Beatles memorabilia hounds. “I didn't buy anything, I just wanted to see what Mike saw
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2011 'most crucial' in Abunda's career - Inquirer.net
Google News - over 5 years
May pang-beach house ako.'” There were negative reactions when word about that offer got around, and the one that hurt the most, Abunda said, was that he was “just an entertainer.” During the Ladlad press con, Abunda discussed his plan to run for
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Could you imagine John Lennon being a fan of Fox News? - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
May Pang was also there when Lennon and Reagan met. As she posted on her Facebook page and also told us by email, "When John and I met Ronald Reagan back in 1974 on the 'Monday Night Football' program, he found him to be a nice down-to-earth guy
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José Feliciano: Yo continúo reinventándome - Mundo Eva
Google News - over 5 years
Reconocido como un gran guitarrista, lo contrataron para tocar en Rock `n' Roll, un disco que John Lennon grabó en 1974, en caóticas sesiones durante su "fin de semana perdido" en Los Angeles con May Pang. "Fue recuerda- un gran honor tocar con él,
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Life Lessons From John Lennon's "Lost Weekend" - Houston Press (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
He was a survivor and, some would say, the chief enabler of good friend John Lennon's "lost weekend," the period when the former Beatle separated from Yoko Ono and relocated to Los Angeles with his personal assistant/paramour May Pang
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Two Chinese companies hold majority stake in Saab - Auto123
Google News - over 5 years
Last May, Pang Da invested 93 million in Saab for a 24% stake. The addition of ZYLA to the equation forced the distributor to increase its investment to 157 million in order to retain its shares. This means that 53.9% of Saab's shares are in the hands
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of May Pang
    FIFTIES
  • 2006
    Age 55
    Although having had no contact for 20 years, on October 9, 2006 Pang accidentally met Ono in Iceland, on what would have been Lennon's 66th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details Ono was in Iceland to unveil a sculpture in Reykjavík and was staying in the same hotel. Pang lives with her children in upstate New York and produces a line of stainless steel feng shui jewelry. She volunteers with an animal shelter called Animal Haven in New York and owns a dog rescued after Hurricane Katrina. She also co-hosts an Internet talk radio show, "Dinner Specials with Cynthia and May Pang", at blogtalkradio.com, with on-air partner Cynthia Neilson.
  • 2002
    Age 51
    She was an invited guest at The Concert for George in 2002 and remained close to Cynthia Lennon and Lennon's first son, Julian Lennon.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 38
    Pang married record producer Tony Visconti in 1989; the couple divorced in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details They had two children, Sebastian and Lara. Pang remains in touch with some of the people from her time with Lennon, and Paul McCartney invited her to Linda McCartney's memorial service.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 26
    Pang claims that she and Lennon remained lovers until 1977, and stayed in contact until his death.
    More Details Hide Details Pang's book of photographs, Instamatic Karma, was published in 2008. Besides the candid personal portraits, the book contains some historically important photographs, such as Lennon signing the official dissolution of The Beatles' partnership, and the last known photograph of Lennon and Paul McCartney together. Cynthia Lennon also provided a back cover endorsement, acknowledging Pang's role in reuniting Lennon with his estranged first son, Julian.
  • 1975
    Age 24
    Lennon and Pang were also planning on visiting Paul and Linda McCartney in New Orleans in February 1975, where Wings were recording the Venus and Mars album, but Lennon reconciled with Ono the day before the planned visit, after Ono said she had a new cure for Lennon's smoking habit.
    More Details Hide Details Although Lennon would lament this period publicly, he did not do so in private. Journalist Larry Kane, who befriended Lennon in 1964, wrote a comprehensive biography of Lennon which detailed the "Lost Weekend" period. In the interview with Kane, Lennon explained his feelings about his time with Pang: "You know Larry, I may have been the happiest I've ever been... I loved this woman (Pang), I made some beautiful music and I got so fucked up with booze and shit and whatever." After Lennon returned to Ono, Pang started working for United Artists Records and Island Records as a PR manager, working on albums by Bob Marley and Robert Palmer. Pang published her memoir, Loving John, in 1983. It was later updated and renamed John Lennon: The Lost Weekend. The original 500-page Loving John book focused mainly on Pang's role on Lennon's albums and sessions. It was edited down to 300 pages, concentrating mostly on the sensational aspects of their relationship. It also included postcards that Lennon had written to Pang during his travels throughout the world in the late '70s.
    While visiting Mick Jagger in Montauk, New York (the eastern tip of Long Island), Lennon and Pang saw a Scottish-style cottage for sale close to the Montauk Point Lighthouse. Lennon asked a real estate broker to put in an offer for it in February 1975.
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  • 1974
    Age 23
    In the early summer, while Lennon was working on his Walls and Bridges album, the couple moved into a penthouse apartment at 434 East 52nd Street, where Lennon and Pang claim to have seen a UFO on August 23, 1974, from their terrace, which had a panoramic view of east New York.
    More Details Hide Details To gain access to the deck Lennon and Pang had to climb out of their kitchen window. On the night in question, a naked Lennon excitedly called Pang to join him on the deck outside and they both watched a circular object silently floating less than 100 feet away. Lennon called Bob Gruen—Lennon's "official" photographer—and told him what had happened. Gruen suggested Lennon should call the police, but Lennon laughed it off, saying, "I’m not going to call up the newspaper and say, 'This is John Lennon and I saw a flying saucer last night'". Gruen called the local police precinct which confirmed that three other people had reported a sighting, and the Daily News said that five people had reported a sighting in the same area of New York where Lennon and Pang lived. Walls and Bridges rose to the top spot on the album charts. Lennon achieved his only number one solo single in his lifetime with "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night". Pang's is the voice whispering Lennon's name on "#9 Dream". Another song, "Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox)", was written about her. Julian played drums on the album's last track, "Ya Ya". While recording Walls and Bridges, Al Coury, vice president of promotion for Capitol Records, got possession of the chaotic Spector session tapes and brought them to New York. Lennon would complete his oldies album, which would be called Rock 'n' Roll, with the same musicians he used on Walls and Bridges.
    In June 1974, Lennon and Pang returned to live in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Lennon stopped drinking and concentrated on recording. As Lennon had previously had cats in Liverpool—while living at his aunt Mimi's house—he and Pang adopted two cats which they named Major and Minor.
  • 1973
    Age 22
    Julian began to see his father more regularly. Lennon bought Julian a Gibson Les Paul guitar and a drum machine for Christmas in 1973, and encouraged Julian's interest in music by showing him some chords. "Dad and I got on a great deal better then," recalls Julian. "We had a lot of fun, laughed a lot and had a great time in general when he was with May Pang.
    More Details Hide Details My memories of that time with Dad and May are very clear—they were the happiest time I can remember with them."
    In December 1973, Lennon collaborated with Phil Spector to record the oldies album.
    More Details Hide Details The alcohol-fueled recording sessions became legendary. Every musician in L.A. wanted to participate, but soon Lennon's drinking and Spector's erratic behavior (which included his firing a gun in the studio control room) caused the sessions to break down. Then Spector, who claimed to have been in a car accident, took the sessions tapes and was unreachable. In March 1974, Lennon began producing Harry Nilsson's Pussy Cats album, thus named to counter the "bad boy" image the pair had earned in the media with two drinking incidents at The Troubadour: the first when Lennon placed a Kotex on his forehead and scuffled with a waitress at a concert given by Ann Peebles, who at the time had released one of Lennon's favorite records, 'I Can't Stand The Rain' and, two weeks later, when Lennon and Nilsson were ejected from the same club after heckling the Smothers Brothers. Lennon thought it would be a good idea for the musicians to live under one roof to ensure they would get to the studio on time, so Pang rented a beach house in Santa Monica, for her, Lennon, Nilsson, Ringo Starr and Keith Moon to live in. At this time, Pang encouraged Lennon to reach out to family and friends. He and Paul McCartney mended fences and played together for the first and only time after the breakup of The Beatles (see A Toot and a Snore in '74).
    In October 1973, Lennon and Pang left New York for Los Angeles to promote Mind Games, and decided to stay for a while, living at the homes of friends.
    More Details Hide Details While there, Lennon was inspired to embark on two recording projects: to make an album of the old rock 'n' roll songs that inspired him to become a musician, and to produce another artist.
    In mid-1973, Pang was working on the recording of Lennon's Mind Games album.
    More Details Hide Details Lennon and Ono were having marital problems and decided to separate, and Ono suggested to Pang that she become Lennon's companion. Ono explained that she and Lennon were not getting along, had been arguing and were growing apart, and said that Lennon would start seeing other women. She pointed out that Lennon had said he found Pang sexually attractive. Pang replied that she could never start a relationship with Lennon as he was her employer and married. Ono ignored Pang's protests and said that she would arrange everything. Ono later confirmed this conversation in an interview.
    In 1973, when Lennon and Ono separated, Pang and Lennon had a relationship lasting over 18 months, during a time which Lennon later referred to as his "Lost Weekend." Pang subsequently produced two books about their relationship: a memoir called Loving John (Warner, 1983) and a book of photographs, Instamatic Karma (St. Martin's Press, 2008). Pang was married to producer Tony Visconti from 1989 to 2000 and had two children, Sebastian and Lara.
    More Details Hide Details Pang was born in Manhattan. She is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and grew up in New York's Spanish Harlem with an elder sister and an adopted brother (both of whom were born in China). Pang's mother had a laundry business in the area, but the Pang family left when the tenements where they lived were scheduled to be torn down and moved to an apartment near 97th Street and 3rd Avenue, in Manhattan. After graduating from Saint Michael Academy, Pang attended New York City Community College. She wanted to be a model, but was told she was too "ethnic" by the modeling agencies. Pang's early jobs included being a song-plugger, which meant encouraging artists to record them.
  • 1971
    Age 20
    Pang was then asked to be Lennon and Ono's secretary and factotum/gofer in New York and England, which led to a permanent position as their personal assistant when the Lennons moved from London to New York in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details Pang coordinated an art exhibition in Syracuse, New York, on October 9, 1971, for Ono's This Is Not Here art show at the Everson Museum. Ono's show coincided with Lennon's 31st birthday, and a party was held at the Hotel Syracuse, which was attended by Ringo Starr, Phil Spector, and Elliot Mintz, among others. At the time Lennon had his 18-month relationship with Pang, he was in a period of his life which he would later refer to as being his "Lost Weekend", in reference to the film and novel of the same name.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1970
    Age 19
    Pang was asked to help Lennon and Ono with their avant-garde film projects, Up Your Legs Forever and Fly, in December 1970.
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    In 1970, she began work in New York as a receptionist at ABKCO Records, Allen Klein's management office, which at that time represented Apple Records and three former Beatles: Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    Born on October 24, 1950.
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