'JOHN & YOKO: ABOVE US ONLY SKY' DOC PREMIERES ON A&E TONIGHT

March 11, 2019
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Fans will get an in-depth and behind the scenes look at the making of John Lennon's 1971 chart-topping Imagine album tonight (March 11th), with the U.S. premiere of John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky. The doc, which is airs on A&E at 9 p.m., spotlights the sessions for the legendary album recorded at Lennon's home in Ascot, England and follows the sessions through the summer of '71 as the Lennon's emigrate to New York City. In addition to Yoko Ono and Julian Lennon, the doc features new recollections from such key musicians in the Imagine story as bassist Klaus Voormann, drummers Alan White and Jim Keltner, photographer David Bailey, activist Tariq Ali, Lennon engineers Eddie Veale and Jack Douglas, Lennon's personal assistant Dan Richter, and Al Steckler -- the American director of Apple Records, among others.

Jack Douglas, who was one of Lennon's engineers for Imagine once the sessions hit New York for the final stretch of work, went on to produce John & Yoko's 1980 sessions, along with classic albums by Aerosmith and Cheap Trick. After Lennon's Imagine sessions, Douglas worked on Yoko's album Fly, the couple's Some Time In New York City album, along with Yoko's solo sets Approximate Infinite Universe, Feeling The Space, and A Story.

FAST FACTS

John Lennon's Imagine was released on September 9th, 1971 and hit Number One on October 30th, 1971.

The original tracklisting to John Lennon's Imagine is: "Imagine," "Crippled Inside," "Jealous Guy," "It's So Hard," "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama," "Gimme Some Truth," "Oh My Love," "How Do You Sleep?," "How?," and "Oh Yoko!"

George Harrison appears on the album, playing electric guitar, slide guitar, and dobro on the tracks "Crippled Inside," "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama," "Gimme Some Truth," "Oh My Love," and "How Do You Sleep?," marking the only time Harrison ever appeared on solo sessions for a Lennon album.

CHECK IT OUT: An excerpt from John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky: