Anthony & The Imperials
Little Anthony & The Imperials have begun to take
the concert stages by storm once again.
Officially reuniting in early 1992, the group had
not performed together for over 17 years, yet the magic returned
immediately and audiences are showing their approval with thunderous
applause. This successful reunion has already brought the group
to sold-out appearances at concert halls and performance venues
throughout the U.S., including Madison Square Gardens in New York
and the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.
The group was recently honored as recipients of the
Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Fourth Annual Pioneer Award, and was
inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame Museum in Sharon, PA.
They are just now receiving a long-overdue recognition of their
artistry and lifelong contributions to rhythm and blues music.
After high school, Anthony Gourdine, originally with
"The Duponts", left to join "The Chesters", a group founded by Clarence
Collins who were looking for a lead voice. In early '58, Richard
Barrett and Lou Gally (A&R and PR men from End Records, respectively)
spotted the group and signed them to a contract and named them "The
Their first record for End Records was a double-sided
ballad smash. The "A" side, "Tears on My Pillow", instantly launched
their career into musical history. This would be one of their biggest-selling
hits, with over one million copies sold, and has been one of the
most enduring love ballads of the '50s. The flip side hit, "Two
People In The World" made this one of the most popular double-sided
ballad records in vocal group history.
Anthony was sitting on a Brooklyn park bench one
evening, listening to WINS radio DJ Alan Freed, coming over the
radio. As he announced the next record, Anthony heard, ... "and
here's a new record that's making a lot of noise ... Little Anthony
& The Imperials...singing 'Tears On My Pillow'...". The nickname
Little Anthony stuck, and the new group name was official.