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Ono Receives Credit for “Imagine”

In June, David Israelite, chief executive of the National Music Publishers Association, announced that Yoko Ono will be getting long overdue credit for her contribution to John Lennon’s “Imagine.” The announcement came at an event where the song was honored with the association’s Centennial Song award. During a 1980 BBC interview, Lennon admitted that the 1971 hit “should be credited as a Lennon-Ono song, because a lot of it, the lyric and the concept, came from Yoko.” “Those days I was a bit more selfish, a bit more macho, and I sort of omitted to mention her contribution,” he explained during that interview.