Imagination was formed by Leee John (born John Lesley McGregor), who was educated in New York, where he also became a backing vocalist for The Delfonics and Chairmen Of The Board. He found himself working together with Ashley Ingram on tours and they decided to form their own group. At an audition they attended for a short-lived band called Midnight Express they met drummer Errol Kennedy. The 3 teamed up, choosing the name Imagination as a tribute to John Lennon and his classic song Imagine
. They have been described as Britain's first black supergroup, achieving 8 Top-40 hits in the UK in the early '80s and charting in over 25 other countries.