Efforts are underway to change the songwriting credits of “Imagine” by John Lennon to include Yoko Ono’s name as well.
This news comes from the National Music Publishers Associations (NMPA) annual meeting, where Ono was on hand with her son, Sean Ono Lennon, to accept the association’s Centennial Song Award for “Imagine”, on John Lennon’s behalf.
During the meeting, video footage was shown from 1980 where Lennon said Ono deserved co-writing credit due to her “influence and inspiration”. It appears that those wishes will now be fulfilled.
The change to the credits is not a simple process, with many factors to be considered. The change should happen quicker than most cases, however, as Ono is the beneficiary to Lennon’s estate.
There currently is no quote from Ono on the decision.