Imagine Yoko Ono as a co-writer of one her late husband John Lennon’s iconic songs? It’s easy if you try.
The wheels are in motion to add Ono as the co-author of the 1971 classic, “Imagine,” according to Variety.
David Israelite, CEO of the National Music Publisher’s Association, made the announcement Wednesday after a showing of a 1980 video in which Lennon said Ono deserved credit for her inspiration and influence on the track. Israelite said that because it was Lennon’s wish, Ono will be added to the song.
Ono –who was brought in to the ceremony in a wheelchair–accepted the honor alongside her son, Sean. As Lennon’s widow, Ono is already the beneficiary of his estate, so it won’t change her income status but it will change the song’s copyright, Variety explained, adding that songs become part of the public domain 70 years after an artist dies. Lennon was killed on December 8, 1980.
Ono will continue to reissue her ’70s catalog, including CD and vinyl editions of Fly , Approximately Infinite Universe and Feeling the Space.