I mentioned my time as a Top 40 radio listener the other day. One of the songs that was in heavy rotation was the Temptations hit, Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me). That’s the last time I’ll write the entire title. Just My Imagination it is.
It was written in 1970 by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong; one of the best songwriting teams ever. Just My Imagination hit the top of the Billboard Charts in 1971. I didn’t imagine that.
We begin with The Temptations with Eddie Kendricks on lead vocals.
Jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd brought his be-bop touch to the tune in 1976.
The Rolling Stones recorded the Whitfield-Strong classic on Some Girls. I prefer it live. This comes from the Tattoo You tour.
Bette Midler tackled the Temps tune at the dawn of the 21st Century.
Dianne Reeves. Say no more.
What would a Friday Cocktail Hour be without instrumental versions of the week’s tune? This time, Larry Carlton followed by Booker T & the MG’s.
That’s all for this week. Let’s raise a glass and toast the 1971 edition of The Temptations: Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, Dennis Edwards, and Eddie Kendricks. It’s what Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield would want. Never argue with them.