Yoko Ono is Now Credited as Co-Writer for John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’

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In 1980, John Lennon said in a video that his wife Yoko Ono deserved a songwriting credit for “Imagine” due to her influence and inspiration on it. As it turns out, he got his wish nearly forty years later.

Yoko will added to the song as co-writer, and the news was revealed this week when she and her son Sean Ono Lennon received the National Music Publishers Association’s Centennial Song award for the song.

The process to add her as co-writer is underway. According to Page Six, NMPA CEO David Israelite noted that there may be some opposition to the move at some point along the way — a song enters the public domain 70 years after the death of its last creator, adding Yoko, now 84, will significantly extending the number of years that the song will generate income for its writers. But he said that the NMPA and Downtown Music Publishing, which administers both Ono’s and Lennon’s solo compositions, are hopeful that it will be confirmed.

Because Yoko is a beneficiary of Lennon’s estate, the move is not as complicated financially as it might have been.

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