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Dolly Parton and Her Rendition of John Lennon’s Single “Imagine”


Imagine a world where there is no division. Where everything is equal and love, kindness and compassion rule above us all. It would be such a wonderful place to live in, isn’t it? This world where equality is a dream is seen in John Lennon’s most popular song of his solo career.

John Lennon’s Imagine

“Imagine” was written by John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono in 1971. The song has been a worldwide known single and has sold millions of copies. Lennon’s song was part of his same-titled album, however, he first released it as a single. It has entered various charts in and outside of the U.S. In the U.S., “Imagine” reached number three on the Hot 100 chart, and number seven on the Adult contemporary chart.

John Lennon Black and White photo
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The Making of the Song

When Lennon first wrote the song, he didn’t give credit to his wife because he said in an interview that he was a bit selfish. But eventually, he recognized his wife’s contribution and shared the credit with her for the song. The inspiration came from Ono’s book Grapefruit and a book given to him by Dick Gregory.

Different Covers

This famous song has inspired many artists to cover the song, including Elton John, Joan Baez, Dolly Parton, David Bowie, and many more.

Dolly Parton’s Rendition

Of all the covers and performances of this song, let’s take a look at one of country music’s greatest stars’ version, Dolly Parton.

Dolly Parton at the Grand Ole Opry
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In 2005, Parton included the single “Imagine” on her studio album Those Were the Days. She collaborated with David Foster for the making of the song. It wasn’t released as a single though and it didn’t enter the Billboard chart. But, as always, Parton’s rendition is stunning.

Her Album

Her album, Those Were the Days, performed well on the chart. It reached number nine on the country albums chart and two on the Independent Albums chart of the Billboard. Her album contains song from the ’60s and ’70s. In addition, she collaborated with different singers and musicians for the making of her album. Some of the artists she collaborated with were Keith Urban, Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Nickel Creek, and more.

Check out Dolly Parton’s version of the song.

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