Oh Yoko!

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"Oh Yoko!"
Song by John Lennon
from the album Imagine
Released9 September 1971 (US)
8 October 1971 (UK)
Recorded25 May–5 July 1971
Songwriter(s)John Lennon
Producer(s)John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Phil Spector

"Oh Yoko!" is a 1971 song written and performed by John Lennon,. It was first released on his album Imagine, and was later included in the greatest hits compilation Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon.

The song was written about his wife Yoko Ono, and features Nicky Hopkins on piano and co-producer Phil Spector on harmony vocal. Lennon plays harmonica for the first time on a solo recording (since the Beatles' "Rocky Raccoon"),[2] and it would also be the last time he used the instrument in a released recording.


Lennon began writing the song in 1968 during the Beatles' visit to India, but was not fully completed until the sessions for Imagine three years later.[2] The melody was inspired by Lonnie Donegan's "Lost John", a song Lennon enjoyed and played often.[2] The song was recorded on 25 May 1971 at Ascot Sound Studios.[3] Robert Christgau called it "an instant folk song worthy of Rosie & the Originals".[4]

EMI wanted to release the song as a single but Lennon refused. The only single issued from Imagine was the title track in the United States; none was issued in the United Kingdom.[2]

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  1. ^ Lewis, Stephen (20 March 2013). "Top 10 John Lennon Love Songs". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "John Lennon: Oh Yoko! | The Beatles Bible". www.beatlesbible.com. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  3. ^ Madinger, Chip; Raile, Scott (2015). LENNONOLOGY Strange Days Indeed - A Scrapbook Of Madness. Chesterfield, MO: Open Your Books, LLC. pp. 239, 247. ISBN 978-1-63110-175-5.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "John Lennon: Imagine". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 0899190251. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  5. ^ Keiichi Tanaami. "Keiichi Tanaami - Oh! Yoko! (1973)". YouTube. Retrieved August 12, 2018.

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