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Some Imagination for the weekend

This week it’s British R&B pop band Imagination. This male trio, of Leee John, Errol Kennedy and Ashley Ingram, were successful in the early 80s having nine top 40 hits including three top 10 hits. They were also successful worldwide, and had four platinum, nine gold and a dozen silver discs.
Their music style was sultry, slow beat disco songs, often with piano solo breaks, and characterised by lead singer Leee John’s high falsetto voice. They dressed exotically too, favouring white and gold colours, but with clothing at an absolute minimum, they appeared in a variety of outlandish outfits such as Roman gladiator or slave wear! Whatever their strange garb, they certainly made some great pop songs!

“Just An Illusion” reached number 2 in 1982 and was their biggest hit. It is a perfect pop song and was sadly denied the top spot by the awful one hit wonder “Seven Tears” by the Goombay Dance Band.
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“In the Heat of the Night” reached number 22 in 1982. One of my favourite songs of theirs and deserved a higher chart placing. The public tended to favour their more up tempo numbers.
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Some early 80s jazz pop for the weekend

This week we have two cool jazz/pop tracks from 1982.
The first is from Steely Dan member Donald Fagen from his massively popular solo debut album “The Nightfly”.

I.G.Y (International Geophysical Year) (“What a Beautiful World”) by Donald Fagen
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Next we have British band Imagination who had a string of hits in the early 80s with their slow beat, piano led tracks fronted by Leee John’s distinctive vocals. This is the title track from their second album.

“In The Heat Of The Night” by Imagination
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