September 24, 2023

Roberta Flack, Grammy-winning singer of Killing Me Softly, lived subsequent door to Ms. Ono. In “Robert,” a documentary about Mrs. Flack, Sean Lennon stated, “You recognize, at first I did not even consider Robert as this unimaginable artist and musician, she was only a actually cool roommate. We referred to as her Aunt Roberta.

“We’re very shut to one another and our kitchen is interconnected,” Ms Ono stated within the documentary.

Erika Belle heard these tales. So when Keith Haring, a good friend of Ms. Belle, invited her to dinner at Ms. Ono’s residence on a wet Tuesday night within the Eighties, she yelped. “I used to be obsessive about this constructing, as have many New Yorkers through the years,” Ms. Belle, who’s in her 60s, stated in an interview. “There was a lot outdated, 50s Hollywood glamor in it.”

“Strolling into this constructing and discovering out I used to be courting Yoko was like ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Joyful Birthday’ rolled into one,” stated Ms Belle, co-owner of Fortunate Strike nightclub and mannequin. Ms. Belle was additionally Madonna’s backup dancer, who she stated got here along with her to the Dakota that evening.

As Ms. Belle took off her footwear to enter, Ms. Ono’s residence was the very first thing she seen “what excessive ceilings and extensive corridors. It was attainable to drive by these corridors by automotive.

The dinner menu was simply takeaway from a Chinese language restaurant, however the spotlight of the night was a tour of the residence from Mrs. Ono. “She held my hand – even saying it now, I get goosebumps – and requested: “Do you wish to see the residence?”

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