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Little Anthony & The Imperials Tears On My Pillow 1956-61 (2-CD)

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Little Anthony & The Imperials - Tears On My Pillow 1956-61 (2-CD) CD 1
01 Must Be Falling In Love Little Anthony & The Imperials
02 You Little Anthony & The Imperials
03 Somebody Little Anthony & The Imperials
04 Prove It Tonight Little Anthony & The Imperials
05 Lift Up Your Heads Little Anthony & The Imperials
06 The Fires Burn No More Little Anthony & The Imperials
07 A Prayer And A Jukebox Little Anthony & The Imperials
08 River Path Little Anthony & The Imperials
09 I'm Alright Little Anthony & The Imperials
10 So Near And Yet So Far Little Anthony & The Imperials
11 I'm Still In Love With You Little Anthony & The Imperials
12 Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop Little Anthony & The Imperials
13 My Empty Room Little Anthony & The Imperials
14 Bayou, Bayou Baby Little Anthony & The Imperials
15 Only Sympathy Little Anthony & The Imperials
16 I'm Talking A Vacation From Love Little Anthony & The Imperials
17 Limbo PTS 1 & 2 Little Anthony & The Imperials
18 Formula Of Love Little Anthony & The Imperials
19 Please Say You Want Me Little Anthony & The Imperials
20 I Cover The Waterfront Little Anthony & The Imperials
21 That Lil O'Lovemaker Me Little Anthony & The Imperials
22 It Just Ain't Fair Little Anthony & The Imperials
Little Anthony & The Imperials - Tears On My Pillow 1956-61 (2-CD) CD 2
01 Tears On My Pillow Little Anthony & The Imperials
02 Over The Rainbow Little Anthony & The Imperials
03 Cha Cha Henry Little Anthony & The Imperials
04 The Diary Little Anthony & The Imperials
05 Oh Yeah Little Anthony & The Imperials
06 Two People In The World Little Anthony & The Imperials
07 When You Wish Upon A Star Little Anthony & The Imperials
08 Wishful Thinking Little Anthony & The Imperials
09 So Much Little Anthony & The Imperials
10 Travelling Stranger Little Anthony & The Imperials
11 What Did I Do Little Anthony & The Imperials
12 Love Is A Many Splendored Thing Little Anthony & The Imperials
13 This Love Of Mine Little Anthony & The Imperials
14 Don't Get Around Much Anymore Little Anthony & The Imperials
15 They Say It's Wonderful Little Anthony & The Imperials
16 If You Are But A Dream Little Anthony & The Imperials
17 Undecided Little Anthony & The Imperials
18 All Or Nothing At All Little Anthony & The Imperials
19 I'll Never Smile Again Little Anthony & The Imperials
20 Dream Little Anthony & The Imperials
21 A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening Little Anthony & The Imperials
22 I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night Little Anthony & The Imperials
23 Ooh Look At There Ain't She Pretty Little Anthony & The Imperials
24 I've Got A Crush On You Little Anthony & The Imperials
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Having settled on an unusual sing-song vocal delivery that emphasized his exceedingly youthful-sounding tenor, Little Anthony (as deejay Alan Freed had christened him unexpectedly one day on his WINS program while spinning his group's smash Tears On My Pillow) Gourdine and his Imperials were primed to register a long string of hits for George Goldner's New York-based End label.

It hadn't been an easy journey for Anthony, a Brooklyn denizen who fronted The Duponts and then The Chesters on singles that failed to hit before the latter group was renamed The Imperials (allegedly by End public relations man Lou Galli). Their first End single was supposed to have featured the soaring ballad Two People In The World, but it was the other side, the silky Tears On My Pillow, that became their calling card when it became a massive hit in the summer of 1958 (it's on our prior collection).

Anthony and his Imperials (first tenor Tracey Lord, second tenor Ernest Wright, Jr., baritone Clarence Collins, and bass Glouster 'Nate' Rogers) encored with So Much, a #24 R&B entry for a week in early 1959. Goldner had left orders with his second-in-command, A&R man Richard Barrett, to issue another Imperials ballad, Neil Sedaka's The Diary, as the group's next 45 instead before Goldner embarked on a European vacation. Barrett chose his own composition So Much as the quintet's next release instead. By the time The Imperials' treatment of The Diary came out, Sedaka's own RCA Victor version had stolen its chart thunder. 

 

1959 brought more low-end pop chart entries for Little Anthony & The Imperials: Wishful Thinking, A Prayer And A Juke Box. Consumers somehow missed the most exciting thing they waxed that year, the gospel rocker I'm Alright, penned by Gourdine and his pal Sam Cooke. "Very few people know that I wrote that song in the basement at the Apollo Theatre in New York," says Anthony. "We were just goofin' around, and one word led to another. And I came up with a word, he came up with a word. We came up with a riff, and there it was!" The group's gymnastic choreography on the number never ceased to electrify their audiences.

But they rebounded bigtime on the charts with their fanciful upbeat entry Shimmy Shimmy, Ko-Ko Bop. Released in November of '59 on End with I'm Still In Love With You on the flip, it soared to #14 R&B and #24 pop. "It's not one of my favorite songs, but it's not as bad as I make it be onstage. We use it onstage, we do a whole big thing about, 'It's Ernest's song, it's not my song,' you know. We do a whole lot of comedy on our show," says Anthony. "That's part of my act. Whatever people spent their money on and gave us a chance to do what we're doing now, I loved."

After My Empty Room made a minor splash in the spring of 1960, the hits stopped. For awhile, Gourdine split from the group. By '64, he'd reteamed with Wright and Collins, adding ex-Chips tenor Sammy Strain to reform Little Anthony and The Imperials. They commenced an even more impressive string of pop/soul hits with arranger/producer Teddy Randazzo for Don Costa's DCP Productions label: I'm On The Outside (Looking In), Goin' Out Of My Head, Hurt So Bad. Gourdine, Collins, and Wright still perform together as Little Anthony and The Imperials. "It's a nice feeling to begin and end your career, not only with peers but good friends," says Anthony. "We basically all grew up together in Brooklyn."

- Bill Dahl -

Various Street Corner Symphonies 1959 Vol.11

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Tracklist
Little Anthony & The Imperials - Tears On My Pillow 1956-61 (2-CD) CD 1
01 Must Be Falling In Love
02 You
03 Somebody
04 Prove It Tonight
05 Lift Up Your Heads
06 The Fires Burn No More
07 A Prayer And A Jukebox
08 River Path
09 I'm Alright
10 So Near And Yet So Far
11 I'm Still In Love With You
12 Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop
13 My Empty Room
14 Bayou, Bayou Baby
15 Only Sympathy
16 I'm Talking A Vacation From Love
17 Limbo PTS 1 & 2
18 Formula Of Love
19 Please Say You Want Me
20 I Cover The Waterfront
21 That Lil O'Lovemaker Me
22 It Just Ain't Fair
Little Anthony & The Imperials - Tears On My Pillow 1956-61 (2-CD) CD 2
01 Tears On My Pillow
02 Over The Rainbow
03 Cha Cha Henry
04 The Diary
05 Oh Yeah
06 Two People In The World
07 When You Wish Upon A Star
08 Wishful Thinking
09 So Much
10 Travelling Stranger
11 What Did I Do
12 Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
13 This Love Of Mine
14 Don't Get Around Much Anymore
15 They Say It's Wonderful
16 If You Are But A Dream
17 Undecided
18 All Or Nothing At All
19 I'll Never Smile Again
20 Dream
21 A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
22 I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night
23 Ooh Look At There Ain't She Pretty
24 I've Got A Crush On You