Yoko Ono: 'Imagine' tune is bigger than expected

November 1, 2011 - 5:20 PM
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FILE - In this May 23, 2011 file photo, Yoko Ono attends a dinner hosted by The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1 and Volkswagen in New York. John Lennon's iconic song “Imagine” is one that Yoko Ono says wasn't initially embraced. Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Imagine” No. 3 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — Yoko Ono says John Lennon's iconic "Imagine" wasn't initially embraced by the public.

She says the song, released in 1971, wasn't really accepted; "it wasn't 'Wow!'"

Ono, who is listed as a co-producer on the track, says she remembers when Lennon created it, calling that time "really beautiful."

Lennon's 78-year-old widow made the comments at the launch of her "Imagine There's No Hunger" campaign in New York City's Times Square on Tuesday. The global campaign aims to raise money and awareness for childhood hunger and poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Imagine" at No. 3 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

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Mesfin Fekadu covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/musicmesfin