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"I've Got to Use My Imagination" is a song recorded by Gladys Knight & the Pips. Released from the hit album, Imagination, which was their debut album with Buddah Records, the song was a success on the soul and pop charts. It spent a week at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart in early 1974 and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] becoming one of their highest charting songs. It eventually sold over one million copies.

"I've Got to Use My Imagination"
Single by Gladys Knight & the Pips
from the album Imagination
B-side"I Can See Clearly Now"
ReleasedNovember 1973
Songwriter(s)Gerry Goffin, Barry Goldberg
Producer(s)Kenny Kerner
Gladys Knight & the Pips singles chronology
"Midnight Train to Georgia"
"I've Got to Use My Imagination"
"Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me"

On the series A Different World, Whitley, Jaleesa and another classmate perform the song to audition to sing backup for Gladys Knight (who made a special guest appearance on the show).

The song has been covered by such artists as Joan Osborne, Professor RJ Ross, Bobby Bland, Joe Cocker and The Rides. Ian Moss recorded a version for his sixth studio album, Soul on West 53rd (2009).


Chart (1974) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 330.

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