Yoko Ono getting ‘Imagine’ songwriting credit
By Lisa Respers France
(CNN) — “Imagine” Yoko Ono had inspired one of John Lennon’s greatest songs.
It’s easy if you try.
The National Music Publishers Association on Wednesday announced that Lennon’s widow is to receive a co-writing credit on the 1971 song as part of the organization’s Centennial Song Award.
During the announcement, a clip of an interview with Lennon from 1980 was played in which he said credit for “Imagine” should be shared with Ono because he took the concept and the lyric from her book “Grapefruit.”
Ono and Lennon’s son Sean posted a photo with his mother from the event.
“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,'” he wrote in the caption. “Cut to: my mother welling up in tears, and then Patti and Jesse Smith @michiganmanhattan Imagine! Patience is a virtue!”
Ono, 84, was married to Lennon from 1969 until he was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in 1980.