June 14, 2008
|About May Pang
A native of New York's Spanish Harlem, May Pang grew up
with music all around her. From street-corner "do-wop"
groups like Dion & The Belmonts -- to the British Invasion of
1964, rock n' roll became May's passion. It was no surprise
that when she left college in 1970, she was determined to
land a job in the music world.
Only a New York girl would try to start at the top, so she
marched into the New York offices of the Beatles'
management company, ABKCO Industries, and a career in
music was born.
"While I was working at ABKCO, John and Yoko decided to
move to New York City...and chose me to be their personal
assistant. It was excitement beyond belief! Not only did I
have a key role in the records and films of John and Yoko,
but I was meeting everyone I'd read about in fanzines since
I was a kid."
As exciting as this was, little did she know what fate had in
store... "One day in June 1973, Yoko approached me in my
office at the Dakota. She explained that she and John
needed a break from each other -- which was obvious to
everyone around them. She also decided that I would be his
'companion' -- effective immediately. By now, nothing could
really come as a shock in the zany world of John and Yoko.
But this...this was beyond the pale, even for them."
So began an 18-month relationship that has become known
misleadingly as "Lennon's Lost Weekend." During this
period, John was actually the most productive and successful
in his post-Beatles career. He achieved his first #1 single,
"Whatever Gets You Thru The Night", his first #1 album,
Walls And Bridges, and was on the forefront of celebrity
collaborations working with Elton John, David Bowie, Harry
Nilsson and Ringo Starr. During their relationship, May
continued as John's production assistant & coordinator at
John's request. Her efforts were rewarded with an RIAA Gold
Record Award for Walls And Bridges.
In February of 1975, John and Yoko were reunited, so May
began the next phase of her life. She worked for Island
Records, and coordinated the release of albums by Bob
Marley and The Wailers, Robert Palmer and Third World. She
then switched to United Artists Music, where she worked
with unknown songwriters successfully having their songs
recorded by Diana Ross, Four Tops, Air Supply and Judas
After John Lennon's tragic death in 1980, a lot of myths and
misconceptions began surfacing about John and May's time
together. In 1983, she decided to set the record straight.
Warner Books published her memoir, Loving John, a very
insightful look into John's world and his complex
relationships with Paul, George, Ringo, his son Julian and, of
May traveled extensively throughout the 80s, visiting Japan,
China and returning to old haunts like Los Angeles and
London. It was during one of her visits to London when she
reconnected with an old friend, producer Tony Visconti. Soon
after, they were married and had two children.
During this time, May tried her hand at acting -- and
appeared in several television shows, including The
Equalizer and Law and Order, in movies such as Heartburn
and Fatal Attraction, and music videos for The Firm and her
old pal, David Bowie. She also has been guest on many
shows including Howard Stern, Entertainment Tonight, Good
Morning America and the BBC.
She also managed Tony's career...but as time went on, the
pressures of the business of rock 'n roll took a toll on May
and Tony's personal life. Today, May is a full-time single mom
-- but her heart's still in rock n' roll. Currently, she's
developing a retrospective radio program, tentatively titled
May Remembers, is putting together an exhibition of her
photos and memories of John Lennon, and has just launched
a fashion jewelry line called the May Pang Feng Shui Jewelry
Visit May's website at maypang.com.