This week in 1981

The Sligo Champion - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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5 6 7 8 9 10 John Len­non Adam and the Ants John and Yoko and the Plas­tic Ono Band, with the Har­lem Com­mu­nity Choir

The Spe­cials fea­tur­ing Rico with the Ice Rink String Sounds

John Len­non Jona Lewie

The Beat

Chas and Dave

Queen The Po­lice John Len­non was par­tic­u­larly proud of Imag­ine, say­ing he con­sid­ered it as strong a com­po­si­tion as any he wrote with the Bea­tles. Nei­ther the buy­ing pub­lic nor the crit­ics dis­agree. The song has sold more than 1.6 mil­lion copies in the UK alone, mak­ing it Len­non’s best selling sin­gle in his home­land. In 2002, a sur­vey by the Guin­ness World Records British Hit Sin­gles Book ranked it the sec­ond best sin­gle of all time be­hind Queen’s ‘Bo­hemian Rhap­sody’. And Rolling Stone ranked ‘Imag­ine’ No 3 on its list of the 500 Great­est Songs of All Time, be­hind Dy­lan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ and The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Sat­is­fac­tion’. First re­leased in 1971, Imag­ine was reis­sued fol­low­ing John Len­non’s mur­der in De­cem­ber 1980, reach­ing num­ber one in the UK for the first time, and re­main­ing at the top of the chart into the New Year.

John Len­non: Imag­ine was his most pop­u­lar song.

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