He's a Pretender

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"He's a Pretender" is a 1983 song by R&B female group High Inergy. This was the lead single of their last album Groove Patrol, before disbanding in 1984, and it peaked at #82 in the Billboard Hot 100, #62 in the R&B charts.

In 1985, Jennifer Holliday covered this song on her album Say You Love Me. The song was also covered by La Toya Jackson on her 1986 album Imagination The song was written by Gary Goetzman (BMI) and Mike Piccirillo (BMI)

La Toya Jackson version[edit]

"He's a Pretender"
Single by La Toya Jackson
from the album Imagination
B-side "How Do I Tell Them"
Released May 27, 1986 (1986-05-27)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1985[1]
Length 3:38
Label Private-I Records
Writer(s) Gary Goetzman, Mikr Piccirillo
La Toya Jackson singles chronology
"Baby Sister"
"He's a Pretender"

La Toya Jackson covered the song on her fourth album Imagination, and it was released as its lead single. Because of financial problems at the now defunct Private-I Records, the single, nor the album it comes from, received the necessary promotion to make it a success. The song peaked at #76 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart.

The single was released on 7" format with the album track "How Do I Tell Them" on the B-side.


No. Title Length
1. "He's a Pretender" (Album version) 3:40
2. "He's a Pretender" (Album version instrumental) 3:40