Yoko Ono gets co-writing credit on ‘Imagine’

David Israelite, the president and CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association, said that Ono would earn the co-writing recognition on John Lennon’s “Imagine,” 48 years after its release. Enlarge photo

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David Israelite, the president and CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association, said that Ono would earn the co-writing recognition on John Lennon’s “Imagine,” 48 years after its release.

NEW YORK – Yoko Ono, who was previously credited as a co-producer on John Lennon’s “Imagine,” will earn a co-writing credit on the 1971 song.

David Israelite, the president and CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association, said Wednesday at an event that Ono would earn the co-writing recognition on the song 48 years after its release.

“Imagine” received the Centennial Song Award at the annual event by the organization. Israelite told Variety that the process of officially getting Ono the credit is underway.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Imagine” at No. 3 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” in 2004.