Imagination (1940 song)

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"Imagination"
Song
Published1940
Composer(s)Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyricist(s)Johnny Burke

"Imagination" is a popular song with music written by Jimmy Van Heusen and the lyrics by Johnny Burke.[1] The song was first published in 1940. The two best-selling versions were recorded by the orchestras of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey in 1940.

Composition[edit]

Jimmy Van Heusen originally wrote the song when he was a teenager, but with different words. When he later played the tune for Johnny Burke (without the lyrics), Burke wrote the "Imagination" lyrics.[2]

Recordings[edit]

The recording by Glenn Miller[2] (vocals Ray Eberle) was released by Bluebird Records as catalog number 10622. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on July 20, 1940 and lasted 3 weeks on the chart, peaking at #3.[3]

The recording by Tommy Dorsey was released by Victor Records as catalog number 26581. It reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart at #8 on July 20, 1940, its only week on the chart.[3]

Miki Howard rendition[edit]

"Imagination"
Miki Howard - Imagination.jpg
Single by Miki Howard
from the album Come Share My Love
B-side"You Better Be Ready to Love Me"
ReleasedJanuary 1987
Format
Recorded1986
GenreJazz
Length4:16
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)LeMel Humes
Miki Howard singles chronology
"Come Share My Love"
(1986)
"Imagination"
(1987)
"Come Back to Me Lover"
(1987)

The song was covered in 1987 by American R&B singer Miki Howard. Released as the second single from Howard's debut album, Come Share My Love. The song was a top 20 R&B hit, peaking at number 13 on the Hot R&B Singles chart.[4]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 13

Other recorded versions[edit]

The song has been recorded by, among others:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-02-21. Retrieved 2006-07-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b c Gilliland, John (1994). Pop Chronicles the 40s: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40s (audiobook). ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8. OCLC 31611854. Tape 2, side A.
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research.
  4. ^ Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100 | Billboard.com
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  18. ^ [1] Archived January 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "Rocky Sharpe and the Replays - Imagination". Official Charts Company. 1979-04-14. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
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