May Pang, world-renowned confidant and companion of John Lennon, has been in the public eye for over three decades. Her career in the music industry spans 40 years, beginning with Allen Klein's company, ABKCO Industries, the firm that managed the Beatles Apple Corps. Ltd and the Rolling Stones.
In 1970, Lennon and Yoko Ono hired May as their personal assistant. She would eventually became their production coordinator, playing a key role in records by Lennon, Ono and Harry Nilsson. In 1974, Pang was awarded an RIAA Gold Album Award for her work on Lennon's Walls and Bridges, the #1 hit album which included his first and only #1 single in his lifetime, "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night." She can also be heard singing on "#9 Dream," the second single from the album.
In the late 1970s working for Island Records, May coordinated all activities for the release of albums by Robert Palmer, Third World, and Bob Marley and the Wailers. By the early 1980s, she was one of the leading professional managers in the music publishing industry, working with several unknown songwriters and successfully obtaining coverage by such artists as Diana Ross, Judas Priest, The Four Tops, Ullanda McCullough and Air Supply.
During this period, May decided to set the record straight about her relationship with Lennon. Warner Books published her memoir, Loving John, in 1983. The book detailed her liaison and working association with the late Beatle and shed light on his relationships with his first son, Julian, as well as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.
During the last two decades, May has appeared in major publications worldwide and has been a guest on such national TV shows as Howard Stern, CBS Sunday Morning, Entertainment Tonight and Good Morning America.
May has also designed a collection of stainless steel Feng Shui jewelry and accent furniture, and founded a webzine called May Pang’s Asian Media Internet News (AMIN), which caters to Pan-Asian pop culture. She also continues her consulting work on music for films and as an advisory member of Women In Music. She also serves as an advisory board member at the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) organization which deals with saving the rainforest and its indigenous people.
In 2008, St. Martin's Press released Instamatic Karma, a collection of her personal photographs of John Lennon. Fine art prints of these portraits have been exhibited in major galleries across the country and are now available for sale at Rock Photo Paper.