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Little Anthony

Formed in Brooklyn, New York, USA, in 1957, and originally called the Chesters, the group comprised ‘Little’ Anthony Gourdine (b. 8 January 1940, Brooklyn, New York, USA), Ernest Wright Jnr. (b. 24 August 1941, Brooklyn, New York, USA), Clarence Collins (b. 17 March 1941, Brooklyn, New York, USA), Tracy Lord and Glouster Rogers (b. 1940). A vital link between doo-wop and sweet soul, the Imperials were the prototype for the Delfonics and Stylistics. Gourdine first recorded in 1956 as a member of the Duponts. From there he helped form the Chesters, who became the Imperials on signing to the End label. The ‘Little Anthony’ prefix was subsequently added at the suggestion of the influential disc jockey Alan Freed. The group’s first hit, the haunting Al Lewis-penned ‘Tears On My Pillow’ (1958), encapsulated the essence of street-corner harmony. Further success came with ‘So Much’ (1959) and ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko-Bop’ (1960), before Gourdine was persuaded to embark on an ill-fated solo career. In 1964, he formed a ‘new’ Imperials around Wright, Collins and Sammy Strain (b. 9 December 1940). Their first hit, ‘I’m On The Outside (Looking In)’, showcased Gourdine’s dazzling falsetto, a style continued on ‘Goin’ Out Of My Head’ and ‘Hurt So Bad’ (both of which reached the US pop Top 10). Complementing these graceful releases were such up-tempo offerings as ‘Better Use Your Head’ and ‘Gonna Fix You Good’ (both 1966). The line-up later drifted apart and in 1974 Sammy Strain replaced William Powell in the O’Jays. Three years later, Collins formed his own ‘Imperials’, touring Britain on the strength of two hit singles, a reissued ‘Better Use Your Head’, and a new recording, ‘Who’s Gonna Love Me’. In the 80s Gourdine released Daylight on the religious outlet Songbird.
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Old school music like the oldies, keeps me in touch with my inner soul, and reminds me of the greatest artists ever lived. Born in east Los Angeles, and can't live without my oldies! !!
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These songs will for ever be the greats hits if all time. When love songs where pure and full of life. Grew up listening to these songs. Riding in my Oldsmobile with my girlfriend,w h o is now my wife, enjoying life and loving ever second of these beautiful music.
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oldies r da best (":
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Themutt111 Grew up in Williamsburg Brooklyn was on street corner when these songs were hits. Been to shows at Brooklyn Paramount theater boy do I miss those days and this music. I am 7:yrs old now. Been listening for 60 yrs
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Love this song..!!!
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I wish I was born in those times. Honestly ❤ im only 17
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Love oldies nothing but the best
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SAN DIEGO 619 OLDIES FOR EWER LOCOS��
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Love to hear "On the outside looking in". They were a great group!
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Oldies are forever! *SAN D13GO* *6661904*EL CAJONe*
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I wish I knew more about him. He was ahead of his rime. His hits were so great!
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My favorite by Little Anthony is Tears On My Pillow !!!
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Just two kind of people
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He was a child prodigy. Incomparable , no one could surpass him, no one will.
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Very enchanting.
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best music ever
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My eyes tear up remembering the years so long ago. Where did life go. So many wonderful memories of my teen years and oldies bring back all the memories.
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Love all oldies
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Thumbs up.
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Makes me feel young
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Really enjoy Frankie Valli and 50 and 60s music. Brings back wonderful memories .
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Love it(:
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twodoks
I especially loved Little Anthony and The Imperials and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
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twodoks
Remember their songs from the 60's. Loved them. Brings back so many memories.
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I C cvs c c. Vic Wow
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Love-all-of- i t
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Cool
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This song is so old
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Big time memories!! 1968 dropped Chevy impala ,!!!!!
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Hang in. There all
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Them wuz da DAYS!!!!!! sighing heavily now......... . . . . . . d a n g , n o w i feel OLD!!!!!!!!
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Love my oldies,
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paulasueneil
One of the best and simplest songs I've ever heard! Thanks Daddy for broadening my horizons!
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Awesome song My dad got me into oldies wen i wuz still young and now im 16 and i love this music and i always will
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wade830745
Tommy edwards amazing voice
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Jk love this music
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Gay
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This was my dad's favorite group and when I was little I remember he got a tape of their greatest hits and he played it often enough that I too became a fan at age 10 and played that tape as much as he did. I'm waiting to hear "Shimmy shimmy coco pop" lol. Today he would be 63 years old and I played this station all day for him to honor his memory.
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Why no Bio on Little Anthony and The Imperials SO MANY HITS??????
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The BEST song Little Anthony and The Imperials made.
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❤❤❤❤❤❤
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I wish I was young in those beautiful days
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lizzyabsher1
love it
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Actually I DO remember you. And your song brings back fond memories.
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I was born 1958 my dad was in a band and all I know is music Im 52 I cant sing or play anything , this is my curce
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the best song.....
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A true R&B great!...not another one like'um.
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jeffblythe
the very best...
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Little Anthony and the Imperials bring so many memories of that girl I married 42 years ago. I can recall every moment we were together when this song played. I hear it now on your station and it brings such a warm and special feeling in my heart.
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Still love little anthony there is no groups to day that can compare to any of these
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