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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. The group was announced as inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 14.

Discography

Hit singles

  • "Tears On My Pillow / Two People In the World". End 1027 (July 1958) - POP #4, R&B #2
Original pressings shown as by "The Imperials", later changed to "Little Anthony and The Imperials"
  • "So Much / Oh Yeah". End 1036 (December 1958) - POP #87, R&B #2
  • "Wishful Thinking / When You Wish Upon A Star". End 1039 (March 1959) - POP #79
  • "A Prayer And A Juke Box / River Path". End 1047 (June 1959) - POP #81
  • "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop / I'm Still In Love With You". End 1060 (November 1959) - POP #24, R&B #14
  • "My Empty Room / Bayou, Bayou, Baby". End 1067 (April 1960) - POP #86
  • "Please Say You Want Me / So Near Yet So Far". End 1086 (February 1961) - POP #104
  • "I'm On The Outside (Looking In) / Please Go". DCP 1104 (August 1964) - POP #15, R&B #8
Re-released in 1966 on Veep 1240
  • "Goin' Out Of My Head / Make It Easy On Yourself". DCP 1119 (October 1964) - POP #6, R&B #6
Re-released in 1966 on Veep 1241
  • "Hurt So Bad / Reputation". DCP 1128 (January 1965) - POP #10, R&B #3
Re-released in 1966 on Veep 1242
  • "Take Me Back / Our Song". DCP 1136 (June 1965) - POP #16, R&B #15
Re-released in 1966 on Veep 1243
  • "I Miss You So / Get Out Of My Life". DCP 1149 (September 1965) - POP #34, R&B #23
Re-released in 1966 on Veep 1244
  • "Hurt / Never Again". DCP 1154 (December 1965) - POP #51
Re-released in 1966 on Veep 1245
  • "Better Use Your Head / The Wonder Of It All". Veep 1228 (April 1966) - POP #54; UK #42
  • "You Better Take It Easy Baby / Gonna Fix You Good (Every Time You're Bad)". Veep 1233 (August 1966) - POP #125
  • "It's Not The Same / Down On Love", a/ANTHONY & The IMPERIALS. Veep 1248 (October 1966) - POP #92
  • "Don't Tie Me Down / Where There's A Will There's A Way To Forget You", a/ANTHONY & The IMPERIALS. Veep 1255 (February 1967) - POP #123
  • "I'm Hypnotized / Hungry Heart", a/ANTHONY & The IMPERIALS. Veep 1278 (February 1968) - POP #98
  • "Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind / Summers's Comin'In". United Artists 50552 (July 1969) - POP #52, R&B #38
  • "The Ten Commandments Of Love / Let The Sunshine In". United Artists 50598 (October 1969) - POP #82
  • "Don't Get Close / It'll Never Be The Same Again". United Artists 50625 (January 1970) - POP #116
  • "World Of Darkness / The Change". United Artists 50677 (June 1970) - POP #121
  • "Help Me Find A Way (To Say I Love You) / If I Love You". United Artists 50720 (November 1970) - POP #92, R&B #32
  • "I'm Falling In Love With You / What Good Am I Without You". Avco 4635 (April 1974) - POP #86, R&B #25
  • "Hold On (Just A Little Bit Longer) / I've Got To Let You Go (Part 1)", a/ANTHONY & The IMPERIALS. Avco 4651 (March 1975) - POP #106, R&B #79
  • "Who's Gonna Love Me / Better Take Time To Love", a/The IMPERIALS. Omni 5501 (May 1978) - R&B #73


Albums

  • We Are The Imperials, featuring Little Anthony -- End LP 303 (1959)
  • Shades of the 40's -- End LP 311 (1960)
The above two albums were issued only in mono
  • I'm On The Outside Looking In -- DCP DCL-3801 (Mono)/DCS-6801 (Stereo) (1964) -- Pop #135
Re-released in 1966 on Veep VP 13510 (Mono)/VPS 16510 (Stereo)
  • Goin' Out Of My Head -- DCP DCL-3808/DCS-6808 (1965) -- Pop #74
Re-released in 1966 on Veep VP 13511/VPS 16511
  • The Best Of Little Anthony & The Imperials -- DCP DCL-3809/DCS-6809 (1965) -- Pop #97
Re-released in 1966 on Veep VP 13512/VPS 16512
  • Payin' Our Dues -- Veep VP 13513/VPS 16513 (1966)
  • Reflections -- Veep VP 13514/VPS 16514 (1967)
  • Movie Grabbers -- Veep VP 13516/VPS 16516 (1967)
  • The Best of Anthony & The Imperials, Volume 2 -- Veep VPS 16519 (1968)
The above four albums shown as by "Anthony & The Imperials"
  • Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind -- United Artists UAS 6720 (1969) -- Pop #172
  • On A New Street -- Avco AV-11012 (1973)




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