Yoko Ono was born on February 18, 1933, in her ancestral estate in Tokyo. Her father, named Eisuke Ono, was the descendant of a 9th Century Emperor of Japan. Her mother, named Isoko Yasuda Ono, was the granddaughter of Zenijiro Yasuda, the founder of Yasuda Bank. Yoko was 2 years old when she was brought to California, and joined her father for the first time. She returned to Japan before WWII and survived the bombings of Tokyo in 1945. Yoko went to school with Emperor Hirohito's two sons. Though boys and girls were separated, Yoko was visited by Emperor's son Yoshi, and in turn she visited the boy's school in defiance of the rules. In the early 50s she and her parents moved to New York. She went to Sarah Lawrence College, where she was particularly adept in music, with her perfect pitch and untamed creativity. She married a Julliard student, Toshi Ichiyanagi, and moved to Manhattan. Her admiration with Franz Kafka, Vincent van Gogh, and Arnold Schönberg gave root and was fertilized by the New York avant-garde scene.
In 1960 Yoko and her friend La Monte Young staged the legendary loft events on Chambers Street. She also provided the loft for John Cage and his ground-braking classes of experimental music. She collaborated with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Nam June Paik, George Maciunas and Fluxus. Yoko cut herself from her parents and was on her own, working as a waitress, an apartment manager, and a music teacher in New York's public schools. In 1962, after separating from Toshi, she gave in to her parents and returned to Japan. There she suffered from a clinical depression, and was locked up in a mental hospital. Anthony Cox went to Japan and managed to release Yoko from captivity. She married Cox in Tokyo the same year, and their daughter, Kyoko, was born in 1963. Cox became her artistic assistant. But in 1964 they separated and Cox returned to New York. Yoko joined him the same year with Kyoko. She dreamed up the concept for 'Bottoms' (1966), completed only after 365 friends and volunteers provided their naked buttocks for close-ups. Her ad was "Intelligent-looking bottoms wanted for filming. Possessors of unintelligent-looking ones need not apply." Yoko promoted 'Bottoms' (1966) by being tied to a bronze lion in London's Trafalgar Square.
She met John Lennon at her art show in London on November 9, 1966. At first they were impressed with each other's intellect, everything else followed later. They married. John was lambasted by the British public. Yoko lost her daughter Kyoko ( ex-husband Cox kidnapped Kyoko in 1971 and hid her under the name Rosemary in the cult The Walk ) for 27 years. Finally in 1998 Yoko and Kyoko reunited. John and Yoko were together 24/7 for six years until their fifteen-month break in 1973-74. Back together again they sustained attacks from the media, politicians, and all kinds of harassers. John and Yoko created art, music, and had a son. They nourished each other's artistic nature with enough humor to survive through almost everything. Almost...
|John Lennon||(20 March 1969 - 8 December 1980) (his death) 1 child|
|Anthony Cox||(6 June 1963 - 2 February 1969) (divorced) 1 child|
|Anthony Cox||(28 November 1962 - 1 March 1963) (annulled)|
|Toshi Ichiyanagi||(1956 - 1962) (divorced)|
Gave birth to Sean Taro Ono Lennon (aka Sean Lennon) on 9 October 1975.
Gave birth to Kyoko Chan Cox (aka Kyoko Ono Cox) on 3 August 1963.
Won the Grammy Award in the Album of the Year category for "Double Fantasy" with John Lennon and Jack Douglas (1982).
Avant-garde poet, performance artist, composer, and vocalist.
In 1959, she moved to join her family in Scarsdale, New York, where she attended Sarah Lawrence College.
Her name translates into English as "Ocean Child".
Before meeting John Lennon, Yoko claimed that the only Beatle Ono knew by name was Ringo, as the word means "apple" in Japanese. In spite of this claim, there is a wealth of evidence that she was very familiar with the Beatles and fan. McCartney has said that she approached him before she ever met Lennon, and Lennon's wife's reported that Yoko pursued Lennon.
After her husband John Lennon was fatally shot, she took a photograph of his bloodstained eyeglasses laying on the pavement. In 2002, this photo sold for thousands of dollars.
Returned to music in 1995 with her son Sean Lennon and his band Ima Rising.
Played her first public concert at the age of four, and her first composition "Secret Piece" was in 1955.
As a child she attended the prestigious Jiyu-gakuen Music School in Japan, the training school for many Japanese composers. She was taught piano and composition, as well as voice training in both opera and German Lied singing.
Owns the copyrights and masters to her Apple Records releases, including "Two Virgins" and "Life With The Lions", recorded with John Lennon; with none of the records initially selling well, Lennon had to pay Apple for them, as part of the Beatles' partnership settlement. In the 1990s, with interest regenerated, Ono re-released her music through Ryko, after turning down another label that only wanted her albums with Lennon.
Ranked #84 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
The term "Yoko factor", referring to the influence of wives or girlfriends on a band's politics or business, comes from her constant presence (and kibitzing) at latter-day Beatles recording sessions. (Lennon broke the longstanding no-wives-or-girlfriends rule the Beatles had in the studio, to bring her there.).
In 2003, at the age of 70, she topped the US dance music charts with a reworking of "Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him", a song she co-wrote with John Lennon, to support gay marriage: "Every Man Has A Man Who Loves Him". She also recorded a lesbian version of the song.
Some time after her husband's murder, Ono began a relationship with antiques dealer Sam Havadtoy, which lasted until 2001. They were never legally married.
Appointed Honorary Ambassador of Peace for the Harvey Ball Foundation along with Jackie Chan, Brooke Shields, A.V.T. Shankardass, Jerry Lewis, Prince Albert of Monaco, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Phil Collins, Jimmy Buffett, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Darrell Waltrip, Heather Mills, Patch Adams, Sergei Khrushchev and Winnie Mandela.
Has a stunning amount in common with Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney's late wife. Both women were raised in extremely wealthy environments. Both attempted to make it on their own (McCartney as a photographer, Ono as an actress and artist), only to later be accused of marrying their husbands for their money despite their families' wealth. Both attended Sarah Lawrence College (at different times) and left without finishing degrees. Both married a frontman for the Beatles, and these weddings took place eight days apart in March 1969 (the McCartneys were first). Both women were pregnant at their weddings (Ono later suffered a miscarriage, McCartney later gave birth to Mary McCartney). Both had a daughter from a previous marriage. Both had mentally unstable former husbands (Ono's later kidnapped their daughter and took her to a fundamentalist Christian commune; McCartney's committed suicide in 2000). Both were accused of playing a major role in the Beatles' breakup. Both suffered personal attacks by fans and by the press. Both suffered attacks on their musical talent (particularly vocal) by fans and the press. Both were older than their husbands. Both were activists.
Took out a full-page ad in The New York Times that read simply "IMAGINE PEACE" (5 January 2008).
Supports same-sex marriage.
Stepmother of Julian Lennon.
"Arnold Schwarzenegger" [Her response to an interviewer's question as to which historical figure she most identifies with the letter A].
When I met John I was at the point of disappearance, in the eyes of other people and myself. Where could I go after I'd done the silent music and they still didn't catch up on it? You see, the things that I did then I feel were in a field that no one has really touched on yet. I think I had something to offer but people did all sorts of things to misunderstand me and I was very lonely. I just can't stand that loneliness and always being at the point of disappearing. So I'm quite happy screaming and all that, making my presence clear, and it's a healthier thing to do.
If John was still alive we would have retired to Cornwall. He said we would be sitting in rocking chairs together, waiting for a postcard to come from Sean.
I thought art was a verb, rather than a noun.
(about her relationship with the Beatles) It was like, I went to bed with this guy I liked, and when I woke up, there were these three faces staring at me.
Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you'll start to see a big difference in your life.
(2005) Release of her book, "Memories of John Lennon".
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