LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS–“TEARS ON MY PILLOW”

Hello,  Little Anthony & The Imperials are a R&B/Doo-Wop vocal group from Brooklyn, New York.  Members include Anthony Gourdine, Ernest Wright, Tracy Lord, Glouster Rogers and Clarence Collins.  Anthony Gourdine first recorded on Winley Records in 1955 with The DuPonts.  He formed The Chesters in 1957 and in 1958 the group’s name was changed to The Imperials.

The groups first hit on the Billboard charts was issued as The Imperials.  New York deejay Alan Freed introduced the group’s lead singer, Anthony Gourdine and Little Anthony & The Imperials were born. That became the group’s name from 1958 to present.  On August 11, 1958 their first hit record entered the Billboard Top 100, the song is their classic recording of  TEARS ON MY PILLOW on End Records.  The single record climbed up the Top 100 to #4 and remained on the chart for 19 weeks.  On September 8, 1958 the record made its Billboard R&B chart debut.  TEARS ON MY PILLOW became an even bigger R&B hit, reaching #2.  The single record sold over 1 million copies and was awarded a “Gold Record”.The song was written by Sylvester Bradford and Al Lewis in 1958. 

 Every single record had a “B” side and this “B” side also became a big hit, although it did not chart, radio requests for this song made it a hit,  TWO PEOPLE IN THE WORLD is a song that Little Anthony & The Imperials would have charted if  TEARS ON MY PILLOW was not such a huge hit.

The group would continue to chart hit after hit.  They would have 13 Billboard R&B hits and 25 Billboard Pop hit between 1958 and 1975.  They have sung on PBS TV Specials over the years and have toured on many national tours, their hits are played every day on oldies radio.  This Doo-Wop legendary group will always have a special place in the hearts of their fans from the 1950′ and 1960’s.  There million-seller,  TEARS ON MY PILLOW has been covered by many artists through the years…Little Anthony & The Imperials without question, have the ultimate version.  They live and their music lives, in the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll”.

Till the next time—Joe 

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