John Lennon, Rock Musician / Songwriter
Born: 9 October 1940
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: 8 December 1980 (shot to death)
Best Known As: One of The Beatles
As half of The Beatles, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were one of the most successful songwriting teams of the century. Together they wrote dozens of hit tunes, ranging from "Help!" and "Ticket to Ride" to "Penny Lane" and "Let It Be." Lennon's romance with Yoko Ono was a major influence on his post-Beatles career, and he collaborated with her on everything from the modern pop hymn "Imagine" to avant-garde noise and poetry. The Beatles broke up in 1970, and Lennon followed with a solo career marked by uneven recordings and public pleas for world peace. After a reclusive five years as a family man, Lennon released an album with Yoko in 1980, Double Fantasy. As their new song "Just Like Starting Over" was reaching the top of the charts, Lennon was shot to death outside his New York home by Mark David Chapman, a schizophrenic fan.
Lennon published two illustrated books of poetry and wit in the mid-1960s, In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works... His son Julian Lennon is also a singer and musician... Lennon's political positions gained him the enmity of J. Edgar Hoover's F. B. I. and the U.S. State Department, and researchers are still trying to get files on Lennon made public.
RIP John Lennon
The Beatles (1958-1970)
Spouse: Cynthia Lennon (Divorced)
Spouse: Yoko Ono (Until His Passing)
Son: Julian Lennon
Son: Sean Lennon
Lisa Lopes, Singer
Born: 27 May 1971
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: 25 April 2002 (automobile crash)
Best Known As: Rapper/singer for the group TLC
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was one of three members of the popular music group TLC. (The Atlanta-based group was named for its members' initials: Lopes, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas.) With its made-for-MTV looks and bawdy attitude, the group was a hit with both R&B and pop music audiences; their gold-selling albums included Ooooooo... On the TLC Tip (1992), CrazySexyCool (1994) and Fanmail (1999). Squeaky-voiced and aggressively sexy, Lopes was the group's designated rapper and wild child. Her love affair with pro football player Andre Rison was interrupted in 1994 when Lopes, in a fit of pique, set fire to Rison's mansion and burned the million-dollar structure to the ground. The couple reunited and were engaged to be married in 2001, but later called off the wedding. Lopes died in a 2002 auto crash while vacationing in La Cieba, Honduras.
The title CrazySexyCool reportedly referred to Lopes, Thomas ("Sexy") and Watkins ("Cool")... Her nickname "Left Eye" may have come from her habit of wearing a condom on the left frame of her eyeglasses during the early days of TLC... Her sudden death has been compared to that of singing star Aaliyah, who died in a 2001 plane crash.
RIP Lisa Lopes
AKA Left Eye