Today in Music History: John Lennon records 'Imagine'

Lennon Imagine cover art
John Lennon's "Imagine" (album cover art)

History Highlight:

Today in 1971, John Lennon taped his famous song "Imagine." The best-selling single of his solo career, its lyrics encourage the listener to imagine a world at peace without the divisiveness and barriers of borders, religions and nationalities, and to consider the possibility that the focus of humanity should be living a life unattached to material possessions. John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-produced the song with Phil Spector.

Also, Today In:

1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis recorded his classic, "Great Balls Of Fire."

1968 - The Mamas and The Papas' Cass Elliot's first attempt as a solo act at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas proved to be a disaster. She had tonsillitis, her band was woefully under-rehearsed, and she wound up canceling her two week engagement right after opening night.

1980 - Bob Marley played his last concert ever in Pittsburgh, during which he collapsed.

1988 - Following an unprecedented 741 weeks on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd finally fell off the chart


Johnny Ramone, singer and guitarist for the Ramones, was born today in 1948.