I had never heard the Yoko Ono song, “Mrs. Lennon,” before. But Alex Chilton certainly has. In a 1987 interview with Dawn Eden, he admitted that “it’s just like [Big Star’s] ‘Holocaust.’ Exactly.”
The Bob: Did you have that song in mind when you wrote “Holocaust”?
CHILTON: I don’t know. I think that it was one of those instances of plagiarism that you sort of are aware of somewhere in your mind, but not…I think that, at the time I was doing the tune, I didn’t realize that I was copying it.
Decide for yourself: Yoko Ono – “Mrs. Lennon”
“Mrs. Lennon” was originally released as the first single from Yoko’s 1971 album, Fly.
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