Imagine album artwork – John LennonWritten by: Lennon-Ono
Recorded: c.20-28 May 1971
Producers: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector

Released: 8 October 1971 (UK), 9 September 1971 (US)

John Lennon: vocals, piano
George Harrison: electric guitar
Nicky Hopkins: electric piano
Klaus Voormann: bass guitar
Alan White: drums, Tibetan cymbals

Available on:
John Lennon Anthology

Providing a moment of tranquility between the polemic of ‘Gimme Some Truth’ and the McCartney-baiting ‘How Do You Sleep?’, Oh My Love was perhaps the tenderest moment on the Imagine album.

Oh My Love was the only song on the Imagine album to be a songwriting collaboration. The lyrics, which reveal feelings of clarity and rebirth at having fallen in love, are among Imagine’s most elegant and direct, and the references to the wind and clouds are reminiscent of Yoko Ono’s instructional works.

The song dated back to 1968, and was the oldest song on Imagine. George Harrison’s delicate guitar work which opens the song echoes White Album songs such as ‘Julia’ and ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun’.

In the studio

Lennon recorded various demos of the song before bringing it to Ascot Sound Studios in May 1971. Film footage from the studio captured Lennon performing the song for Harrison before recording began.

The early rehearsals featured Lennon on a Steinway piano and Harrison on acoustic guitar as they worked out a suitable arrangement. At one point they considered adding a dobro, before Harrison switched to a Les Paul electric guitar. Nicky Hopkins’ electric piano added further elegance to one of Lennon’s most affecting solo recordings.

A studio outtake of Oh My Love was featured on the John Lennon Anthology box set in 1998.