The Lennon/Ono song Imagine was given the Centennial Award by the National Music Publishers Association in June of 2017.
That basically means they declared it “The Song of The Century.”
Did you notice I called it a Lennon/Ono song?
That’s because, according to John Lennon himself, Yoko Ono was responsible for a good deal of the song:
Ono showed up at the ceremony with her son, Sean Ono-Lennon:
In the sidebar, he recounts what happened that day:
Proudest day of my life: The National Music Publishers Association just gave the centennial (song of the century) award to Imagine, but WAIT! Surprise!
They played an audio interview of my father saying (approximately) ‘Imagine should’ve been credited as a Lennon/Ono song, if it had been anyone other than my wife I would’ve given them credit.’
Cut to: my mother welling up in tears…
About 7 years before Imagine was created, Ono released an art-book called, “Grapefruit,” with small phrases like, “Imagine your body spreading rapidly all over the world like thin tissue,” and “Imagine cutting out one part of the tissue.”
You can hear Lennon copping to that book’s direct link to the song in the video below at about the 45:30 mark:
In it, he says:
[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. There’s a whole pile of pieces about ‘imagine this’ and ‘imagine that.’
Imagine proper credit.
It’s easy if you try…
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