Little Anthony & The Imperials have begun to take the concert
stages by storm once again. Officially reuniting in early 1992, the group had
not performed together for over 17 years, yet the magic returned immediately and
audiences are showing their approval with thunderous applause.
This successful reunion has already brought the group to
sold-out appearances at concert halls and fairs throughout the U.S., including
Madison Square Gardens in New York and the Universal Amphitheatre in Los
Angeles. Little Anthony & The Imperials were recently honored as recipients of
the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Fourth Annual Pioneer Award. Little Anthony &
The Imperials are just now receiving a long-overdue recognition of their
artistry and lifelong contributions to rhythm and blues music.
After high school, Anthony originally with " TheDuponts",
left to join "The Chesters", a group founded by Clarence Collins who were
looking for a lead voice. In early '58, Richard Barrett and Lou Gally (A&R and
P.R. men from End Records, respectively) spotted the group and signed them to a
contract and named the "THE Imperials". Their first record for End was a
double-sided ballad smash. The "A" side, "Tears on My Pillow", instantly
launched their career into musical history. This would be one of their biggest
selling hits, with over one million copies sold, and has been one of the most
enduring love ballads of the '50's. The flip side hit, "Two people In The World"
made this one of the most popular double-sided ballad records in vocal group
history. Anthony was sitting on a Brooklyn park bench one evening, listening to
WINS radio DJ Alan Freed, coming over the radio. As he announced the next
record, Anthony heard, ... "and here's a new record that's making a lot of
noise, ... Little Anthony & The Imperials...singing Tears On My Pillow...". The
nickname Little Anthony stuck, and the new group name was official.
Contact Grabow for more information or to book Little Anthony
& The Imperials for your next corporate or private event.