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Imagine - John Lennon

Imagine - John Lennon

“Imagine” it’s a piano ballad that belongs to the soft rock musical genre. Lennon finished composing the song in just one morning, during a brief session. It is played in C major and it runs a duration of 3:03 minutes.

“Imagine” was released on October 11th, 1971 and it’s recorded by British singer and Beatles band member John Lennon. It was written by the artist himself. The inspiration came from some poems which were included in Yoko Ono’s book “Grapefruit”. A particular poem was added on the back cover of the “Imagine” EP. According to the singer, the lyrics

“should be credited as a LennonOno song. A lot of it-the lyric and the concept-came from Ono.”

The song was composed in 1971, on a piano, at Lennon’s house, in Berkshire, England.

The single was produced by Yoko Ono, John Lennon and Phil Spector and it was recorded at Ascot Sound Studios, placed on Lennon’s estate, Tittenhurst Park. The song has Klaus Voorman responsible for bass guitar, Flux Fiddlers for strings, John Lennon for vocals and piano and Alan White for drums.

“Imagine” was a huge commercial success and the singer’s biggest-selling single of his solo career. It reached number three on Billboard’s Hot 100 and topped the charts in Canada, Australia, Italy and South Africa. It also reached number one on US Record World and number two on US Cash Box.

The song has been described as the singer’s “greatest musical gift to the world”, by Rolling Stones magazine. It is one of the most performed songs of the past century.  In 1999, “Imagine” was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame’s list “500 Songs That Shaped Rock And Roll”. It received a Grammy Hall Of Fame award. According to Guinness World Records British Hit Singles Book, it’s the second best single of all time. It is number three on Rolling Stones’ “The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time”.

John Lennon offered a live performance of the song at the Apollo Theater, in Harlem, 1971. Many artists have covered the hit throughout the years, such as Elton John, in 1980, Queen, as a tribute to Lennon, shortly after his death, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Seal, Pink, Diana Ross and many others. The single has, to this day, over 160 cover versions. It was played many times throughout the years, on various occasions, such as at the ending ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

“Imagine” is one of the best song to have sent a positive message. It encourages the audience to dream and hope of a better world, in which everybody could live in peace. More than John Lennon’s best solo single, “Imagine” is by far, one of the most important songs to have ever been created.

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