Eddie Kendricks: People… Hold On (Elemental)
I got this in my early teens when I’d just come back from America.
He had an amazing falsetto. It had an Afrocentric feel, relevant at a time of liberation.
Diana Ross: Lady Sings The Blues (Motown)
This music from the film puts you in a certain mood. It introduced us to an era of music that we would never otherwise have known about.
I started to listen to Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.
Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On (Motown)
I got the chance to sing to him in his dressing-room when Imagination did a show in America.
He’d done a duet with Diana Ross that he couldn’t remember so he asked me to sing it.
A magic moment.
The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour (EMI)
My sister preferred the Stones but you could never beat The Beatles for great melodies and innovative music.
Imagination’s name came from John Lennon’s Imagine.
Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life (Motown)
This went through so many different musical genres and Stevie’s musicianship blew us away.
I saw him at the Rainbow in Finsbury Park when I was still at school and snuck backstage to meet him.
His performance was awesome.
Bob Marley & The Wailers: Exodus (Universal/Island)
Marley was giving out a powerful message but you were enjoying it.
When I started working with bands in pubs and clubs, we did classic songs in a reggae fashion.