Little Anthony & The Imperials
|Genres:||Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul doo wop oldies northern soul motown 50s male vocalists|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s|
Formed in Brooklyn, New York, USA, in 1957, and originally called the Chesters, the group comprised Little Anthony Gourdine (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 groups 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...