The 2021 Olympics Open With A Rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine”

The 2021 Olympics Open With A Rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine”

circa 1970: John Lennon (1940 - 1980) with his wife Yoko Ono. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Photo by Keystone / Getty Images

The 2021 Olympic Games kicked off last night in Tokyo, Japan with a special performance of a beloved 50-year-old tune.  During the opening ceremony, John Legend, Keith Urban, and several other notable artists from throughout the world including Alejandro Sanz  joined in with the Suginami Children’s Choir.  Together they all sang an inspiring rendition of John Lennon’s Imagine, which hits its 50th anniversary this year.  The performance perfectly captured the feeling of hope after an emotional last year when the 2020 Olympics were postponed because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono approved of the production of her husband’s iconic 1971 song that encouraged peace amongst the world.  Ono retweeted the video and wrote, “IMAGINE. John and I were both artists and we were living together, so we inspired each other. The song ‘Imagine’ embodied what we believed together at the time. John and I met – he comes from the West and I come from the East – and still we are together.”

You can watch a clip here of the performance here.



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