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Little Anthony and the Imperials

Induction category: Performer
Presented by: Smokey Robinson

Biography

Little Anthony and the Imperials were one of the finest vocal groups to emerge from the talent-rich New York scene. Moreover, they enjoyed unusual longevity for an act of that type, having hits in both the doo-wop Fifties and the soul-music Sixties. They outlasted their peers by virtue of “Little Anthony” Gourdine’s powerful, beseeching vocals and the consummate professionalism of the Imperials, who mastered a broad range of material and knew how to work a stage. It all started in Brooklyn, where Gourdine and friends grew up in the throes of the vocal-group craze. His first groups were called the ...

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