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I have loved Pure Imagination since I first heard Gene Wilder sing it in 1971 in the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. I’ve heard other singers cover it over the years, but for me no one came close to capturing the magic of Wilder’s performance. That is, until Tuesday night, when AGT contestant, Jimmie Herrod put forth his unique rendition that had me spellbound. In case you missed it, here it is.

And here is the original which honestly, never gets old does it?