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Yoko Ono releases cover of Imagine to celebrate John Lennon’s birthday

Yoko Ono has just released her own rendition of John Lennon’s 1971 pro-peace hit Imagine, to celebrate what would have been Lennon’s 78th birthday.

It was also announced last year that the Music Publishers Association would credit Ono as a songwriter on Imagine.

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Image: Jane Brown

Yoko Ono reimagines the 1971 ballad in a minimalist style that is airy, ethereal and magical – she may be 85, but the lady still has an impressive pair of lungs.

“[Imagine] should be credited as a Lennon-Ono song because a lot of it – the lyric and the concept – came from Yoko,” said Lennon in a 1980 interview.

“But those days I was a bit more selfish, a bit more macho, and I sort of omitted to mention her contribution.”

2018 has also been year for Ono – she’s producing a film about her relationship with Lennon, she recently released some music with the Black Lips, and Secretly Canadian are working on releasing reissues of some of her albums from the ’60s and ’70s.

Her new album Warzone will be available on October 19th and is a collection of remasters that chronicle the musician’s career.

Via Pitchfork.

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October 10, 2018