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Dollis Hill’s Leee John to appear in Children in Need Rocks the 80s

PUBLISHED: 13:56 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:56 16 October 2017

Leee John, front man of 80s group Imagination  (Picture: Glenn Bracke)

Leee John, front man of 80s group Imagination (Picture: Glenn Bracke)

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Dollis Hill’s Imagination star is to appear in Wembley as part of Children in Need Rocks the 80s.

Leee John  (Picture: Red Ditto) Leee John (Picture: Red Ditto)

Leee John, who shot to fame in the 1980s as the flamboyant frontman of soul funk group Imagination is scheduled to perform at the SSE Wembley Arena on Thursday.

Known for hits such as “It’s an illusion” and “Body Talk” the singer will appear with stars from the decade such as Bananarama and UB40.

He said: “I’m a patron for SOS Children, a worldwide charity for orphans, so Children in Need is an extension of that.

“Children are the leaders of the future. Anyhow we can push forward and help them in whatever capacity that we have, we should.”

The solo artist, songwriter and performer exploded on to the music scene in his teens and next week is releasing a new album, Retropia EP Part 2, available on October 20.

Also keeping him busy and travelling internationally is Flashback, a documentary film he is narrating which charts the history of British black music from the turn of the last century up to the 90’s.

Including interviews with stars such as Beverley Knight, Eddy Grant, Mr John, said: “It’s positive, uplifting. We’ve got 400 hours of footage and 200 interviews, a lot of images and awaiting clearance so still working on it.

“In the 1950s there was a load of different groups then in the 80s it totally changed. It was a very dynamic decade. Punk was ending, there was New Wave. We had the way clear with Imagination. It was crazy, wild.”

When he’s taking a break from his busy schedules, he said he loves to come home.

He said: “I love where I live. I found solitude after I moved here from Kingsbury. It’s important when I travel that I can come home to somewhere peaceful. I live right near to Gladstone Park. There’s a guy there who’s always playing his sax.

At the end of my road there’s a Catholic, Jewish and a Muslim school, none of them far from one another.

“I have access to a variety of different restaurants and food including Caribbean food.

“The area’s very cosmopolitan and has everything I need.”

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