Rare footage of John Lennon performing 'Imagine' on television, 1972

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

We’re stepping back in to the Far Out Magazine Vault to revisit the iconic moment when John Lennon performed his classic song ‘Imagine’ live on television in 1972.

The performance, coming as part of ‘The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon’, broadcast from the Americana Hotel on 7th Avenue in New York City. With Yoko Ono on the keyboard, the duo were backed up by Elephant’s Memory band and rolled through a rendition of ‘Imagine’ as well as Yoko’s political song ‘Now or Never’ and ‘Give Peace a Chance’.

Introducing the pair to the stage, Lewis described Ono and Lennon as “…two of the most unusual people in all the world, and I don’t mean just in the world of entertainment. They fit no patterns, meet no standards except the standard of excellence. Ladies and Gentlemen, John Lennon and Yoko.”



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