Interview: 80s Groove Master of Imagination Errol Kennedy
Knot FM’s Mark Horner speaks to Errol Kennedy from the British three piece soul, pop and funk band Imagination
Errol talks about his life, career and the re-release and remix of Imagination’s ‘Just An Illusion’
The song “Just An Illusion feat. T’MAR”, re-produced by Errol Kennedy, co-produced by Yam Who? and mixed by Paulo Silva with Vocals by Rohan Reckord, John Gibbons & T’MAR, can be downloaded exclusively on www.errolkennedy.com from Saturday 20/04/2013. All major online stores (like iTunes, amazon.com, etc.) will follow from the official release date onwards. Errol Kennedy has pledged to donate five pence of each download sale from this single to BREAKTHROUGH BREAST CANCER – a United Kingdom charity dedicated to saving lives by finding the causes of breast cancer, improving detection, diagnosis, treatment and services. His partnership with this organization emerged due to his Mother having been diagnosed and having suffered heavily from the disease.
With the rework “Just An Illusion feat. T’MAR” and the Errol Kennedy Project, Errol is not just supporting young talent like the Spain-based singer & rapper T’MAR but also celebrating his take on the legacy and the 30TH Anniversary of his former band Imagination. Errol Kennedy says:
“It is time to honor the 30TH Anniversary of Imagination as well as our biggest single “JUST AN ILLUSION” and especially the history we made with our iconic & legendary 80’s funk/soul/pop sound and outrageous outfits!”
The band’s first UK hit single “BODY TALK”, released in May 1981, spent 18 weeks in the UK Singles Chart reaching the Top 10 and sold 250.000 copies within 4 months. This was quickly followed by two other chart topping singles “IN AND OUT OF LOVE” and “FLASHBACK”, which Errol Kennedy also co-wrote. Imagination’s biggest hit “JUST AN ILLUSION” reached number 2 of the UK and number 1 of the European Charts. Furthermore, the band came to a reputation through their exotic and excessive costumes, which i.e. looked like Roman Centurions, Sindbad or futuristic warriors.