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Four New John Lennon Singles Coming

December 11, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Songs recorded by John Lennon a year before his death are being released by a Swedish-based company.

The four tracks recorded by the ex-Beatle will accompany a CD being distributed with Lennon's 1965 book, A Spaniard In The Works, according to the Associated Press.

Yoko Ono, Lennon's widow, gave permission to the small Swedish company to release "My Life," "Dear John," "Make Love, Not War" and "Lord Take This Makeup Off Me."

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