Song of the Day, November 3: I’ve Got to Use My Imagination by Gladys Knight and the Pips

KnightPipImaginationToday’s song is I’ve Got to Use My Imagination. It was written by legendary songwriter Gerry Goffin with regular collaborator Barry Goldberg and selected by Gladys Knight as the second single from her first album for Buddha records, 1973’s Imagination. After a long, successful run on Soul records, Knight and the Pips moved to Buddha and quickly scored their biggest hit, Midnight Train to Georgia [#1 Pop (2 weeks), #1 R&B (4 weeks)]. While that song was a wistful ballad, the follow-up was an urgent song of loneliness.

Knight turns in one of her best vocals, moving from a meditative look at her efforts to cope to belting out her despair as the chorus kicks in. The Pips provide their classic backing, underscoring Knight’s work nicely and moving the song along with desperate energy. While it didn’t quite match Midnight Train, the song’s soulful power connected with audiences, making it another of their big hits [#4 Pop, #1 R&B (1 week)].

Enjoy this classic soul single today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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