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Yoko Ono to Receive Songwriting Credit on John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ | Variety

Yoko Ono to Receive Songwriting Credit on John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ | Variety

Yoko Ono to Receive Songwriting Credit on John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ | Variety
June 15
09:12 2017

At the annual meeting of the National Music Publishers Association in New York on Wednesday, Yoko and Sean Ono Lennon received the organization’s new Centennial Song award for John Lennon’s legendary 1971 song “Imagine” — and Yoko received more than that. NMPA CEO David Israelite showed a video from 1980 wherein John said that Yoko deserved a songwriting credit for “Imagine” because of her influence and inspiration on it — and Israelite announced that in accordance with Lennon’s wish, Yoko will be added to the song as a co-writer.RelatedYoko Ono John LennonJohn Lennon-Yoko Ono Movie in the Works From ‘Fifty Shades’ ProducerCornered by Variety after the event, Israelite confirmed that the process to add Yoko’s credit, while not yet confirmed, is already under way. He 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, and 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. Justin Kalifowitz, CEO of Downtown, had not responded to Variety’s request for comment as this article published.At the ceremony, held at Cipriani, Yoko took the stage to accept her award in a wheelchair, pushed by Sean. While her words were partially obscured both by her accent and the echo from room’s high ceilings, she spoke briefly about how her illness — she is suffering from an unclear flu-like ailment — has made her appreciate the song and other elements of life more fully, and said “This is the best time of my life,” to applause. She continued, “And I am so surprised that Sean created his own vision —” But then Sean, whose long hair, beard, fedora and dark suit made him look startlingly like his father circa 1969, gently took the microphone and said, charmingly, “Let’s not talk about me!,” to laughter. He spoke briefly about the importance of music education in schools, and how much his father learned at art college. “So let’s not let any generation be denied the opportunity of letting those parts of their imaginations [thrive].”

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