Why Did Yoko Ono Receive Credit For The John Lennon Song "Imagine"

Why Did Yoko Ono Receive Credit For The John Lennon Song “Imagine”

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2018-03-27

Fans of the Beatles have always blamed Yoko Ono for the band’s break-up, saying she formed the wedge between Paul McCartney and John Lennon. But those same fans are equally upset that she also has credit for the song, “Imagine.”

Paul McCartney, John Lennon | Photo Page Six

Basically, the fans who think she broke up the Beatles also think it’s funny she later got a writing credit for a song that could have been a Beatles song. This makes it sound all the more vindictive in the first place.

Near the end of the band, she would also show up the studio and John Lennon would occasionally ask her for advice on Beatles songs.

John Lennon Talks About Yoko Influence

John Lennon | Photo Credit Huffington Post

“I had nothing to do with breaking up The Beatles,” said Yoko Ono. “And I think Paul is a pretty cool dude.” As for the solo song, Lennon said his wife inspired the song and should get credit for it.

In 1980, John Lennon recorded a video and said his wife should get a co-writing credit for the 1971 song. Basically, he said “her influence and inspiration helped shape the song.”

Technically, every songwriter should then give credit to a spouse or loved one.

Yoko Ono Accepts Award For “Imagine”

At the National Music Publishers Association, Yoko Ono accepted the award for the Centennial Song. In addition, their son Sean Lennon attended. He pushed his mother’s wheelchair onto the stage so she could thank the NMPA.

“This is the best time of my life,” said the 84-year-old woman. Sean also spoke about his father and emphasized the importance of music education in the school system. It was important to the entire Lennon family.

“So let’s not let any generation be denied the opportunity of letting those parts of their imaginations [thrive],” said Sean Lennon. The son of Yoko and John was also heavily influenced by music as he made friends with artists like Billy Joel.

Thanks to Yoko Ono, John Lennon sang, “Imagine there’s no heaven. It’s easy if you try. No hell below us. Above us only sky. Imagine all the people living for today.”

What is your favorite solo single from former Beatles star John Lennon?

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Brock Swinson


Brock Swinson is the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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