I've Got to Use My Imagination

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"I've Got to Use My Imagination"
Single by Gladys Knight & the Pips
from the album Imagination
B-side "I Can See Clearly Now"
Released November 1973
Length 3:29
Label Buddah
Writer(s) Gerry Goffin, Barry Goldberg
Producer(s) Kenny Kerner
Gladys Knight & the Pips singles chronology
"Midnight Train to Georgia"
"I've Got to Use My Imagination"
"Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me"

"I've Got to Use My Imagination" is a song recorded by Gladys Knight & the Pips. Released from the hit album, Imagination, which was their debut album with Buddah Records, the song was a success on the soul and pop charts. It spent a week at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart in early 1974 and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] becoming one of their highest charting songs. It eventually sold over one million copies.

On the series A Different World, Whitley, Jaleesa and another classmate perform the song to audition to sing backup for Gladys Knight (who made a special guest appearance on the show).

The song has been covered by such artists as Joan Osborne, Professor RJ Ross, Bobby Bland, Joe Cocker, The Rides and Latrice Royale.

Chart positions[edit]

Charts Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 330. 

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Preceded by
"Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)" by Aretha Franklin
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
January 19, 1974
Succeeded by
"Livin' for You" by Al Green