"Imagination"
Song
Published 1940
Composer Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyricist Johnny Burke
Language English
Recorded by Glenn Miller orchestra
Tommy Dorsey orchestra
many other artists; see #Recorded versions

"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

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

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]

"Imagination"
Single by Miki Howard
from the album Come Share My Love
B-side "You Better Be Ready to Love Me"
Released January 1987
Format Cassette single
7" single
Recorded 1986
Genre Jazz
Length 4:16
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Johnny Burke
Jimmy Van Heusen
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 No. 13 on the Hot R&B Singles chart.[4]

Charts

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

Other recorded versions

The song has been recorded by, among others:

References

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External links

  • Jimmy Van Heusen Website
  • Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
  • Musical analysis (use of "motive") of "Imagination"