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John Lennon’s Imagine Released 37 Years Ago Today

Posted by jhochstat on September 9, 2008

As we approach John Lennon’s birthday (October 9th), we reflect on the music that John gave to the world before that fateful day on December 10th, 1980 when the whole world lost a musical genius, hero and man of peace and change.

On this date in 1971, John Lennon’s album Imagine was released. The list of players on Imagine is a look through music history.

Some of the artists who contributed to the album are:

George Harrison – Dobro, Guitar, Slide Guitar
Nicky Hopkins – Piano, Keyboards, Piano (Electric), Performer (Who played on the following Rolling Stones albums: Between the Buttons, Their Satanic Majesties Request, Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed .)
Jim Keltner – Drums (Who in addition to playing on the solo work of 3 of the 4 Beatles also played with Jerry Garcia, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Van Dyke Parks, the Rolling Stones, Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Brian Wilson, Bill Frisell, Neil Young, Phil Keaggy, Steve Jones, Crowded House, Fiona Apple, Elvis Costello, The Bee Gees, Ry Cooder, Sam Phillips, Los Lobos, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Rufus Wainwright, Tom Petty, Gillian Welch, the Steve Miller Band and Lucinda Williams among many others. He is featured on Carly Simon’s 1971 album, Anticipation and was also the drummer for The Traveling Wilbury’s.)
King Curtis – Saxophone (Who was Aretha Franklin’s band leader, played with Delaney & Bonnie, Duane Allman and countless others.)

Imagine was produced by legendary Wall of Sound producer Phil Spector.

Thank you John for all of the gifts of music you gave the world, your work and legacy will be felt for many many years to come.


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