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Yoko Ono named co-writer of John Lennon hit Imagine

By PA Reporter

John Lennon's son has described the "proudest day" of his life as his mother, Yoko Ono, was officially named co-writer of the 1971 hit Imagine.

Sean Ono Lennon attended a ceremony by the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) on Wednesday as his late father's famous single was honoured with the organisation's centennial song award.

As he helped his wheelchair-bound mother (84) on to the stage to accept the prize, NMPA chief David Israelite declared the song a Lennon-Ono creation for the first time.

Lennon (41) said his mother broke down in tears as an old interview with his father was played, crediting her inspiration.

Billboard reported that the BBC clip of John Lennon showed him telling how the "lyric and concept" of the song came from Ono's 1964 book Grapefruit.

"Those days I was a bit more selfish, a bit more macho," he said. "I sort of omitted to mention her contribution."

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