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Little Anthony and the Imperials

Little Anthony and the Imperials

Male Doo Wop Quintet from NV.

Little Anthony and the Imperials were one of the finest vocal groups to emerge from the talent-rich New York scene. Moreover, they enjoyed unusual longevity for an act of that type, having hits in both the doo-wop Fifties and the soul-music Sixties. They outlasted their peers by virtue of "Little Anthony" Gourdine's powerful, beseeching vocals and the consummate professionalism of the Imperials, who mastered a broad range of material and knew how to work a stage.

It all started in Brooklyn, where Gourdine and friends grew up in the throes of the vocal-group craze. His first groups were called the Duponts (after the chemical company) and the Chesters. The latter group got signed to music-biz impresario George Gouldner's End Records. Wanting a name more regal than the Chesters, the label rechristened them the Imperials. It was Alan Freed, then an influential New York disc jockey and concert promoter, who christened Gourdine "Little Anthony," for the youthful quality in his voice. Both Freed and fellow deejay/promoter Murray Kaufman (a.k.a. "Murray the K") liked Little Anthony and the Imperials and helped launch their career with airplay and concert bookings.

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Little Anthony and the Imperials : Pure Acappella : 00  1 CD

Little Anthony and the Imperials : Pure Acappella

Brooklyn, NY's Little Anthony and the Imperials are still performing, and their Doo-Wop chops (including Anthony's creamy falsetto) are as sweet as they were when their own big hit, "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" was on top of the charts! "Pure" is introduced by radio personality Bobby Jay, who gives us interesting info about each song before each song, as if he was doing a radio show. There are 14 tasty cuts here, the title tune, then a Doo-Wop "best-of,"The Valentines' "Don't Say Goodnight," The Eldorados' "I'll Be Forever Loving You," The Flamingos' "I'll Be Home," The Heartbeats' "You're A Thousand Miles Away," The Penguins' "Earth Angel"/The Clovers' "Devil or Angel" medley, the Hi-Lo's arrangement of "Georgia," "I Only Have Eyes For You," the a cappella anthem "Goodnight, Sweetheart"-this is some of the best, most authentic a cappella Doo-Wop we've heard, by one of the premier groups-it doesn't get any better than this!

Songlist: Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, Don't Say Goodnight, I'll Be Forever Loving You, I'll Be Home, A Thousand Miles Away, So In Love, Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine), Two People in the WOrld, Georgia On My Mind, I Only Have Eyes for You, Creation of Love, Please Be My Girlfriend, Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight, That's the Way It Goes

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8259c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella


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Tears On My Pillow : TBB : Ed Lojeski : Sylvester Bradford : Little Anthony and the Imperials :  1 CD : 08201664 : 073999118957

Ed Lojeski : Tears On My Pillow

Ed Lojeski brings back the sound of Little Anthony and the Imperials in this fun arrangement. Add some sways and finger-snaps and you have a perfect choice for small or large groups. Available separately: TBB and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:20.

Arranger: Ed Lojeski | Composers: Sylvester Bradford and Al Lewis Performed By: Little Anthony and the Imperials

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Voicing: TBB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08201664

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