Imagine (John Lennon)
Imagine is a famous dance-pop song by John Lennon. It became as a single in the United States released on 11 October 1971 and appeared on his second solo album Imagine in 1972, with Lennon on piano accompanied by the Plastic Ono Band. The glowing strings and the elusive echo can also be attributed to producer Phil Spector. Although it initially reached only the third place in the charts, the song became the biggest commercial success in the solo career of Lennon. On the b-side was it's So Hard .
In the United Kingdom was a single released in 1975 and it came from a sixth place, but at a re-release after his death in 1980 it became number 1. A third edition followed In 1999, that entered in the charts in the top 5. 
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Lennon wrote the song one morning early in 1971 on his bedroom Tittenhurst Park in his country house in Ascot in Berkshire, but traces of the text are already reflected in the poems of Lennon's wife Yoko Ono from the early 60 's. In her 1965 book Grapefruit makes it a wonderful performance, "imagine a raindrop [...] imagine a cloud dripping".  the first line of the lesser-known Beatlenumber I'll Get You from 1963, "Imagine I'm in love with you, it's easy cause I know", is also quite apparent in the opening lines of the song: 
- Imagine there's no heaven
- It's easy if you try
- No hell below us
- Above us only sky
In three stanzas he makes itself a representation of an ideal state of brotherhood between people, A brotherhood of man. In the chorus he will defend his dream against the scorn of the apparent reality:
- You may say I'm a dreamer
- But I'm not the only one
- I hope some day you'll join us
- And the world will live as one
- His wife, Yoko Ono, watched as Lennon sat at the white grand piano now known around the world from movies and photographs of the sessions for his album Imagine and virtually completed the song: the serene melody; the pillowy chord progression; that beckoning, four-note figure; and nearly all of the lyrics, twenty-two lines of graceful, plain-spoken, faith in the power of a world united in imagination and purpose, to repair and change itself.
- (His wife, Yoko Ono, watched as Lennon sat at the large wing , now known worldwide by movies and photos of the music sessions for the album Imagine, and the song worked out practically all the way: the serene melody, the Velvet sequence of chords, that inviting motif of four notes, and almost the full text, full of elegant, clear confidence that twenty-two rules the worldwith one image and goal in mind, can restore himself and change.)
The magazine called the song "his greatest musical gift to the world", Lennon's greatest musical gift to mankind, and appreciated only "Like A Rolling Stone" by Dylan and Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones higher on his list of 500 greatest songs of all time until 2004. Lennon himself called it "virtually the Communist Manifesto", almost the Communist Manifesto.
- Joan Baez sang and sings like to Imagine during her concerts. The first recording appeared on her album Come from the Shadows in 1972 as the last number.
- Diana Ross covered the song on Touch Me in the Morning in 1973.
- Freddie Mercury sang Imagine several times just after the murder of John Lennon in 1980.
- Imagine David Bowie sang at a concert in Hong Kong on 8 december 1983 to commemorate Lennon's death exactly three years earlier.
- Stevie Wonder sang Imagine on August 4, 1996 at the closing ceremony of the "Centennial" 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, 100 years after the first modern games.
- Jeff Berlin , proved successful with an instrumental jazz fusion-version is on the album Taking Notes (1997)
- Peter Gabriel sang Imagine at opening of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin on February 10 of that year.
- The Venezuelan group Cachicamo con Caspa covered the song with a Latin American perspective A Pulir la Hebilla on the album (2006).
- Imagine Neil Young sang on the benefit concert America: A Tribute to Heroes on 21 september 2001 in memory of the victims of the attacks of 11 september.  he sang "Imagine no possessions/I wonder if I can".
- Bill Clinton sang Imagine in 2003 at the celebration of the 80th birthday of the former Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres on the Rabin square in Tel Aviv in duet with the then 15-year-old singer Liel and a choirof forty forty Israeli and Arab children. Two children filled the text with a line in their own language. 
- Madonna covered the song as part of her re-invention Tour in 2004. It was also sung by her at a charity concert on January 15, 2005 for the victims of the tsunami of 26 december in the presence of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
- The remaining members of Queen had on July 8, 2005 to a concert in Hyde Park London planned in the context of the Return of the Champions tour. Because of the terrorist attacks on July 7, they suggested the concert from to 15 July. They sang among other Imagine and carried this on to the staff of the emergency services, that special was invited.
- Cee Lo Green caused ones by december 31, 2011 during a performance at Times Square to adjust the text of the song in a way that went against the spirit of the text in. Instead of "And no religion too" religion's "And all the American singer sang true". 
- On Sunday 12 August 2012 Emeli Sandé the Scottish sang this song during the sluitingscerenomie of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
In 1999 declared the American Foundation BMI, a large organization that collects royalties for mainly since 1937 radio broadcasts of music, Imagine one of the hundred most performed songs of the 20th century.Also the parodies and other operations can be hard count.
Imagine is the official song of Amnesty International human rights organization.
Liverpool airport became after the construction of a new terminal in 2002 renamed Liverpool John Lennon Airport. A life-size bronze statue of the most famous son of the City State in the departure hall. The motto of the airport is on the ceiling painted, "Above us only sky".
Forrest Gump is a 1985 novel by Winston Groom and a movie with Tom Hanks from 1994 on a mentally handicapped that world history time and again writes. He gives a very own explanation to the genesis of the song.
- Interviewer: I've read where he's using John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance" as his campaign theme song.
- Carter: Yes, that's true. And of course, as you know, in many countries around the world--my wife and I have visited about 125 countries--you hear John Lennon's song "Imagine" used almost equally with national anthems. So John Lennon has had a major impact on some of the countries that are developing in the world.
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