A YOKO ONO dance song that John Lennon was carrying when he was murdered has become a number one hit in the US.

The remixed version of WALKING ON THIN ICE has topped the Billboard dance chart.

Lennon played guitar on the track and was clutching a copy of its master tape as he was gunned down outside his New York apartment in 1980.

Ono says, "John said to me back then, 'You know this is going to be your first Number One.' He just didn't say when."

The song was originally released just after the final Lennon-Ono album, 1980's DOUBLE FANTASY, and was popular in underground clubs at the time, but did not make the charts.

But Ono, 70, says she had little recollection of its popularity the first time around.

She adds, "When John passed away I was mostly in bed, feeling almost dizzy. Some people had mentioned to me that some clubs were playing that song. But at the time I didn't know what was going on."

For years she turned down offers to remix the song, saying it would be too painful.

But she finally gave the go-ahead to a collaboration of top dance producers, including Danny Tenaglia, RUI DA SILVA, Felix da Housecat and the Pet Shop Boys.

She says, "I have to be the first 70-year-old to go Number 1. I should call THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS."

13/05/2003 21:07