The Imaginations started as an R&B vocal group. The group was lead by Robert Alvarez, who had been in the Del-Vikings (using the stage name Mike Machado). After he left that group, he moved to Dayton (having been in the Air Force) and started the Imaginations. He found some younger singers, still in igh school, to form the group.The other members were Dave Peoples, Freddie Williams, and Charles Smith. Williams and Peoples were students at Dunbar High School at the time.
The group recorded a couple 45s in the mid 60s, down at Allen-Martin studios and using studio musicians. All four songs have a nice soul group sound that has roots in doowop, not unlike other SW Ohio records. The group seemed to end around 1971. The A side ot their first 45, "Strange Neighborhood", was written by NY songwriter Bob Perper. The song was recorded by Gene McDaniels and Tommy Hunt.
Strange Neighborhood / I Just Can't Get Over Losing You - Fraternity 1001, Dec 1967
No One Ever Lost More / Strange Voice - Fraternity 1006, 1968