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Black Eyed Peas Will.I.Am gave away Ordinary People to John Legend (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)

Oh how one small decision can change the course of things forever.

The Black Eyed Peas have enjoyed hit after hit, but not always recognising their prowess at writing popular tracks they accidentally gave a big one away.

Speaking to BBC 1Xtra, frontman Will.i.am revealed that he wrote John Legends hit Orginary People, but decided it wasnt right for the group and let John have it.

He revealed that execs thought his songs from first album Elephunk wouldnt be hits, but then they all turned out to be huge chart toppers, so when he got to the second album he felt the pressure and panicked.

With Elephunk we werent trying to make hits, our big hits were by accident. We were just making songs to make songs, and then all the songs that were told to us that werent hits, became hits, The record company told us that Let Get It Started wasnt a hit, Wheres The Love is not a hit, Shut Up is not a hit, Hey Mama is not a hit” (all tracks from break-through album Elephunk).

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So when I went into the studio to make the follow-up, which was Monkey Business I was stressed because I had to make hits and the first song I wrote with John for that session was Ordinary People.

The band have a TV special coming up which will document 20 years of the band, with none other than Joanna Lumley doing the voiceover.

Joining Susanna Reid and Adil Ray on Good Morning Britain, Will.i.am explained why they chose the Absolutely Fabulous star: Joanna, shes awesome, I love her.

Adil asked: Where did you meet Joanna Lumley? Shes a legend in this country, but you dont expect the Black Eyed Peas to hang out with Joanna Lumley?

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You would think the Black Eyed Peas would hang out with Patsy, replied Will coyly, before adding that she was his home girl.

Will eventually explained that he goes way back with the telly legend and that the pair met whilst recording Joanna Lumley Meets Will.i.am.

We did a special before on the BBC and I brought her to my old ghetto, Will told Susanna and Adil. We spent a lot of time together and we became friends. I think shes awesome.

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