500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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The Temptations, 'Just My Imagination'

399. The Temptations, 'Just My Imagination'

Writers: Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong
Producer: Whitfield
Released: Jan. '71, Gordy
15 weeks; No. 1

Eddie Kendricks, who'd sung lead on the Temptations' first hit, "The Way You Do the Things You Do" in 1964, took his last lead as a Tempt. By the time the song hit Number One, Kendricks had left the group for a solo career. But he gave this one his all: Tempt Otis Williams said he left the studio at 6 a.m. the night they cut it, and Kendricks was still there, working out his part.

Appears on: Anthology (Motown)


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