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Little Anthony and the Imperials
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    (1958- )
    Born in New York City, New York
    1964 Line-Up:
    Little Anthony Gourdine, lead
    Sammy Strain, first tenor
    Ernest Wright, second tenor
    Clarence Collins, bass
    Recorded the singles 'Tears on My Pillow' (1958), 'Two Kinds of People' (1958), 'Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop' (1960), 'I'm On The Outside Looking In' (1964), 'Going Out Of My Head' (1964), 'Hurt So Bad' (1965), 'Take Me Back' (1965), 'Hurt' (1966) and 'Out of Sight, Out of Mind' (1969)
    Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2009)
    Their hits featured Anthony's falsetto.
    Anthony left for a solo career (1961), but returned two years later when neither he nor the group had any hits.
    Anthony became a born-again Christian and moved to gospel.
    At one point, two different groups of Imperials were touring the oldies circuit.
    They were one of the few 50s doo-wop groups to go on to success in the 60s.
    Sammy Strain joined the O'Jays.
    As of the band's 50th anniversary, Gourdine, Wright and Collins were still performing together.

Credit: C. Fishel

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