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Little Anthony and The Imperials Music Catalog
Little Anthony and The Imperials Music Catalog
Little Anthony and The Imperials Music Catalog
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Little Anthony and The Imperials

Big Noise served as Career Consultants and Directors of Projects and Special Events for the legendary 40 million-selling vocal group, Little Anthony and The Imperials from 2002-2009. Big Noise also designed and oversaw the group's popular award-winning Official Website.

Because of Big Noise's efforts in coordinating Little Anthony and The Imperials' live appearance and induction into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, it lead to the group being invited by band leader Paul Shaffer to appear on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' in August 2008. Read Little Anthony and The Imperials' induction introduction and acceptance speech into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame written by Big Noise's Al Gomes

Big Noise also secured a permanent spot on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Annual Ballot in the summer of 2003 which lead to Little Anthony and The Imperials being inducted in April 2009. Read the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's press release about the ceremony.

Big Noise's Al Gomes and A. Michelle conceived and executive produced BMG techno artist D.U.I.'s remixes of Little Anthony and The Imperials' classic 'Shimmy-Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop.' Read more here

Also because of Big Noise's efforts, Little Anthony and The Imperials' CD 'Live: Up Close and Personal' was placed on the Official Ballot for the 2005 Grammy Awards by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the following categories:

Record of the Year
Little Anthony and The Imperials - 'Hurts So Bad'
Album of the Year
Little Anthony and The Imperials - Live: Up Close and Personal
(Album mastered by Big Noise's Al Gomes
and producer Tony Ricci)
Best Pop Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocal
Little Anthony and The Imperials - 'Hurts So Bad'
Best Pop Vocal Album
Little Anthony and The Imperials - Live: Up Close and Personal

Bio

"You don't remember me, but I remember you. 'Twas not so long ago, you broke my heart in two. Tears on my pillow, pain in my heart, caused by you."

A sweet opening lyric, introducing one of Doo-Wop's all-time classic ballads, "Tears On My Pillow," by Little Anthony and The Imperials. To quote WINS DJ Alan Freed, "Wherever a jukebox was played, this song was sung and hummed by millions."

Little Anthony and the Imperials - Anthony Gourdine, Clarence Collins, Ernest Wright, Tracy Lord and Glouster Rogers never dreamed they would eventually become internationally famous when they first got together in Brooklyn, New York while still in their pre-teens.

After high school, Anthony Gourdine, originally with The Duponts, left to join The Chesters, a group founded by Clarence Collins who were looking for a lead voice. In early 1958, Richard Barrett and Lou Gally, A&R and PR men for End Records, spotted the group, signed them to a contract, and re-named them "The Imperials."

Their first record for End Records 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, and has been one of the most enduring love ballads ever. The flip-side, "Two People In The World" made the single one of the most popular double-sided records in vocal group history.

Once again, DJ Alan Freed enters the scene, announcing "...and here's a new record that is making a lot of noise - LITTLE ANTHONY and The Imperials...singing "Tears On My Pillow." The nickname LITTLE ANTHONY stuck, and the new group name was official. The added LITTLE ANTHONY was carved forever in Doo-Wop stone.

'Tears On My Pillow' eventually sold more than 4 million copies. In late 1959, the group released "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko Bop," their third hit, again selling more than one million copies.

In 1963, singer Sammy Strain replaced departing members Tracy Lord and Glouster Rogers. At that time, their manager introduced them to Teddy Randazzo, a producer/composer and long-time admirer, who loved the Imperials' sound and had the perfect song for them. The result was the smash hit "I'm On the Outside Looking In," their biggest hit since "Tears On My Pillow."

The group then signed a new recording contract with DCP Records (Don Costa Productions).

Little Anthony and The Imperials are one of the few groups that successfully maintained a powerful importance through the '60s Motown sound and British invasion. They enjoyed a great resurgence with more ballads under the tutelage of Randazzo. Two of those chart breakers, "Goin' Out of My Head" along with 'Take Me Back' solidified the group's superstar status.

History tells it all. 17 pop and R&B hits. "Tears On My Pillow." "Two People In the World." "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko Bop." "I'm On The Outside (Looking In)." "Goin' Out Of My Head." "Hurts So Bad." "Take Me Back." They have an unmistakable sound that make them a cut above the rest.

They appeared on TV's Hit Parade, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Dick Clark shows, and performed in every leading nightclub, and at sold-out concert halls throughout the US.

After taking time off as a group to work on solo projects, Little Anthony and The Imperials began to take concert stages by storm once again in 1992. The magic returned instantly and audiences to this day are continuing to show their approval with thunderous and rousing applause, which remains the standard for each of the Imperials' performances. The successful reunion has already brought the group to sold-out appearances at performance venues throughout the U.S., including Madison Square Garden in New York and the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

The group was recently honored as recipients of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award, and inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame Museum in Sharon, PA, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, recognizing their artistry and lifelong contributions to Rhythm and Blues music.

And Little Anthony and The Imperials are about to gain a whole new generation of fans with the anticipated release of their amazing techno dance remix of "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko Bop."

Sounding better than ever, with amazing style, great dance moves, chart-topping classic hits, and a show that is unparalleled, Little Anthony and The Imperials continue to bring their music to the world.

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