Yoko Ono Will Receive Songwriting Credit on John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’
NMPA CEO David Israelite presented the addition as an opportunity to correct an historical oversight which Lennon admitted in 1980 was the result of “selfish” behavior on his part. “It is my distinct honor to correct the record 48 years later and recognize Yoko Ono as a co-writer of the NMPA Centennial Song ‘Imagine’ and to present her with this well-deserved credit,” Israelite said.
His announcement took place at the NMPA’s annual meeting in New York City, where Ono was on hand with her son, Sean Lennon. At the ceremony, Israelite aired a 1980 BBC interview in which Lennon discussed the creation of “Imagine.” “That should be credited as a Lennon-Ono song because a lot of it – the lyric and the concept – came from Yoko,” Lennon said at the time. “But those days I was a bit more selfish, a bit more macho, and I sort of omitted to mention her contribution.”
Lennon went on to acknowledge that his failure to credit Ono was illustrative of a sexist double-standard. “If it had been Bowie, I would have put ‘Lennon-Bowie,'” he said.
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