Yoko Ono, a co-producer on 'Imagine,' gets writing credit

Claudine Rigal
Juin 17, 2017

But on Wednesday, the National Music Publishers Association announced that steps were finally underway to give Yoko Ono songwriting credit for the song, something which has taken 46 years to achieve - and 37-years after Lennon admitted she had played a part in writing the song.

During the National Music Publishers Association's Centennial annual meeting in NY on June 14, "Imagine" was honored with the Centennial Song Award.

Ono, who married Lennon in 1969 one year after his divorce from his first wife, Cynthia Powell, was often credited as a co-artist and co-writer in Lennon's early and late post-Beatle recordings such as "Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins" (1968), "Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions" (1969), "Wedding Album" (1969), "Some Time in New York City" (1972), "Double Fantasy" (1980) and the posthumously released "Milk and Honey" (1984).

Both Ono and son Sean Ono Lennon were in attendance to honor the song and receive the award, but they were not, it seems, aware that Yoko would receive a co-credit. "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 admit that his omission was illustrative of a sexist double-standard. But if it had been Bowie, I would have put "Lennon-Bowie, ' you see".

"While things may have been different in 1971, today I am glad to say things have changed", he said.

The process of adding Ono's credit is ongoing but not yet confirmed. A rep for NMPA told Rolling Stone that "we now do not know of any opposition to this update". She's executive producing a film about her relationship with Lennon, and recently collaborated on music with Black Lips and Moonlandingz.

It has been a busy year for Ono.

Ono has been battling a flu-like illness lately and had to be wheeled on stage to accept the award.

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