Sunday, January 18, 2009

Little Anthony & The Imperials, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee

Last week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced nine new inductees into their Hall of Fame. The official induction ceremony takes place April 4th in Cleveland. Each day from January 18th through the 26th, we'll be profiling one of these inductees here on the KXCI blog; today we feature Little Anthony & The Imperials.

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Little Anthony & The Imperials is a rhythm and blues/soul/doo-wop vocal group from New York, first active in the 1950s. Lead singer Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine was noted for his high-pitched falsetto voice influenced by Jimmy Scott. Changing their name to The Imperials in 1957, they signed with End Records in 1958. Their first single was “Tears on My Pillow”, which was an instant hit. In 1964 the group made a rare transition into soul music with a series of hit including “I’m On the Outside (Looking In) and “Goin’ Out of My Head.”

As of 2008, the Imperials are (along with The Dells) the only doo-wop era groups still touring with the great majority of their original members. The group received the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award in 1993, and they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.

Learn more at the band's official website:


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