Yoko Ono looks set to receive a credit on John Lennon’s iconic song ‘Imagine’, nearly five decades after it was originally written.
The news was announced at the National Music Publishers Association event in New York, according to Variety, who revealed the process of giving her a credit was under way.
At the event, the company’s CEO Davis Israelite played a recording of Lennon, who argued that his wife deserved the recognition due to the influence she had on the song.
Lennon said in his final BBC interview in 1980: “[‘Imagine’] should be credited as a Lennon-Ono song because a lot of it – the lyric and the concept – came from Yoko.
“But those days I was a bit more selfish, a bit more macho, and I sort of omitted to mention her contribution. But it was right out of Grapefruit, her book.”
He added: “If it had been a male, you know – Harry Nilsson’s Old Dirt Road, it’s ‘Lennon-Nilsson’.
“But when we did [‘Imagine’] I just put ‘Lennon’ because, you know, she’s just the wife and you don’t put her name on, right?”
Yeesh, we think that comment has not dated as well as the song.
Since it was released, ‘Imagine’ has become an unmistakably iconic song, and reached No.1 in the UK charts following Lennon’s assassination in 1980.
Meanwhile, earlier this year Ono announced that she was creating a biopic about her relationship with the Beatles singer.
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