Imagination (1940 song)

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"Imagination"
Song
Published 1940
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] 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"
Released January 1987
Format
Recorded 1986
Genre Jazz
Length 4:16
Label Atlantic
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]

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  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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