Little Anthony & the Imperials

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2009

Inducted by: Smokey Robinson

Nominated in: 2009

First Eligible: 1986 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Anthony Gourdine, Clarence Collins, Tracy Lord, Glouster "Nat" Rogers, Sammy Strain and Ernest Wright Jr.


Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2025 (ranked #291) .


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Tears On My Pillow (1958)

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Why not yet? It Hurts So Bad.

Posted by Jack on Monday, 02.5.07 @ 12:50pm


come on....how could they NOT be....be a travesty if they're not...

Posted by Anthony Paylor on Monday, 06.4.07 @ 15:27pm


the IMPERIALS should have been among the FIRST groups inducted !!! Not only because of their long string of hits, many of which have taken on the status of classics,("Going out Of My Head" alone sold more than 4,000,000 records, and has had more that 100 cover versions by other artists!), but also because they were one of only 2 "DOO WOP" groups in music history (the DELLS were the other),to maintain consistent success well into the '60's and '70's. I say, INDUCT THE IMPERIALS !!

Posted by Bill G on Wednesday, 06.13.07 @ 00:36am


LETS GET THEM IN ASAP!! Great Great New York Doo-Wop group with 19 songs on the top 100! Tears are forming on my pillow because they've been overlooked all these years!

Posted by Greg on Saturday, 01.5.08 @ 13:28pm


"Little Anthony" Gourdine, Ernest Wright,Clarence Collins & Sammy Strain , THE IMPERIALS , should have been one of the FIRST GROUPS INDUCTED. They ,(along with THE MIRACLES,and the already- inducted DELLS and IMPRESSIONS ) are the LIVING LINK between the DOO-WOP music of the 1950's , and the R&B/SOUL MUSIC that came later. They also are one of the very FEW GROUPS of that era to successfully RE-INVENT themselves...and to go on to have consistent hits well into the '60's and 70's . They are also , unlike many others ,are still touring with the great majority of their ORIGINAL MEMBERS , (except SAMMY , who retired in '04. The other 3 are still there . ) HOW MANY 1950'S GROUPS CAN YOU STILL SAY THAT ABOUT ? THE IMPERIALS SHOULD BE INDUCTED, WHILE THEY ARE ALL STILL ALIVE TO SHARE THE HONOR !!!

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 02.20.08 @ 16:41pm


Some of the best ballads I can remember...Wes Montgomery won a Grammy in 1966 for best jazz instrumental with "Goin' Out Of My Head", so they definitely were an influence, and not just with the R&B/Soul scene! In two words, you KNEW it was Little Anthony...and a whole lot of artists have tried to sound like him.

Posted by Terry on Wednesday, 02.20.08 @ 18:15pm


This is really insane. Of course they should be in. Should have been one of the first groups to be inducted. How many 50's doo wop groups still had hits during the British invasion? Right! See my point? And still performing at a high level today. Politics!

Posted by steve v on Friday, 06.6.08 @ 10:44am


Little Anthony & The Imperials will be on David Letterman on the 26th of August and CBS Sunday Morning also filmed an interview with Anthony and Clarence the other day according to the New York Post (7/11/08) column - Starr Report. I also hear they have a new CD coming out as well.

Posted by George Dassinger on Friday, 07.11.08 @ 18:10pm


Little Anthony & The Imperials are celebrating their 50th anniversary with the release of a new CD entitled "You'll Never Know" and a performance on David Letterman on Tuesday, August 26th.

I handle the public relations and you should also be aware, CBS Sunday Morning recently filmed the guys in their old 'hood of Ft. Greene being interviewed by Jeff Greenfield. This segment will air in the next month or two.

Posted by George Dassinger on Tuesday, 07.29.08 @ 18:57pm


I guess this mean they will be inducted in 2009!

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.29.08 @ 18:59pm


LET'S HOPE SO. But ,remember, there are NO GUARANTEES. THE MIRACLES celebrated THEIR 50th anniversary LAST YEAR, but they're STILL NOT INDUCTED. THE IMPERIALS a n d THE MIRACLES should've been inducted YEARS AGO!!

Posted by Bill G on Tuesday, 07.29.08 @ 21:13pm


Thanks , George for the info.
Please post the air date for the CBS SUNDAY MORNING segment on THE IMPERIALS as soon as you get it. Thanks.

Posted by Bill G on Friday, 08.8.08 @ 23:57pm


Love these old time singers .. They are so harmonic.. Yes to the Hall for these guys!!!

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.9.08 @ 13:07pm


Well. well They are up again huh..{SMILE} Just as I had mentioned just a few days before the cats were out of the bag..lol{wink}
I see most of you passed them by when I had mentioned them...No comments no nothing as if they were not even in the game.. No surprise .. Some know a good thang others, well it speaks for or doesn't it self..
I hope they make it this time...
Either wave it the right honor to give these rockin cats..........!!
YES

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 21:57pm


mrxyz...actually, I thought they were already in. Seems strange that they're not. "Goin' Out Of My Head", "Tears On My Pillow", etc...those songs are timeless.

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 22:06pm


THE IMPERIALS DESERVE TO MAKE IT IN!!! Congrats to ANTHONY , CLARENCE, and ERNEST on your nomination!! I hope that SAMMY is inducted too. He was also part of the "CLASSIC" IMPERIALS LINE-UP ,(he was on all of the big hits, though he retired from the group ,and show business, 4 years ago. If Sammy is inducted with the other IMPERIALS, he will be one of the FEW ARTISTS IN RECORDING HISTORY that will be a DOUBLE INDUCTEE. He was inducted with the O'JAYS 4 YEARS AGO ,though he started with THE IMPERIALS, and then RETURNED to them AGAIN IN '92 after leaving THE O'JAYS. will Harold be inducted too? He was not a part of the "classic " lineup, though he did sing with the group on two separate occasions , first replacing SAMMY in the 70's , and then doing so again in the '90's . Does anyone know when their segment on CBS SUNDAY MORNING will air, or if it already has ? again , CONGRATS TO THE IMPERIALS ON YOUR NOMINATION !!! (Now, if they'll only induct THE MIRACLES (Hint, Hint !)

Posted by Bill G. on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 00:04am


Congratulations on your nomination and no doubt your induction. You sure deserve it. The Imperials have brought us years of great music. We cried and loved with each new recording. We love the memories from the beginning of the Chesters, John Donohue's favorite group, and the fantastic journey of the Imperials. We love you and look forward to more and more celebrations of your music.

HOORAY and God Bless From all of us who shared and loved in FORT GREENE, Brooklyn

Posted by Tina Donohue-Holmes on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 09:37am


They belong in The Hall.Tears On My Pillow wrote the whole book in rock,pop,and soul.One of Dick Clark's favorte records.Great singing.Little Anthony would sing about heartbreak just like Roy Orbison did.Of Course Little Anthony And Imperials belong in.Hopefully the voters will do the right thing

Posted by James on Thursday, 10.2.08 @ 22:18pm


Way overdo

Posted by Ziggy on Sunday, 10.5.08 @ 11:03am


Again, (and I've said this before...) Just because THE IMPERIALS are not important to fans of White , guitar-based Rock music, does not mean they don't belong in the Hall. R&B IS A PART OF ROCK AND ROLL....IN FACT, IT'S ONE OF IT'S PROGENITORS !!! They are a very important, historical group, one whose appeal transcends not only generations, but musical genres as well.They were, in the late '50's , ONE OF THE FIRST DOO-WOP/R&B GROUPS TO CROSS OVER TO THE POP CHARTS ,and be TOTALLY ACCEPTED BY ROCK,POP, R&B, AND DOO-WOP FANS ALIKE. You want "INFLUENCE?" Their songs have been covered by such diverse artists as THE LETTERMAN(who seemed to have covered every song they've ever made) , FRANK SINATRA,LINDA RONSTADT,SERGIO MENDEZ & BRAZIL'66, THE MIRACLES,WES MONTGOMERY,THE ZOMBIES,VICKI CARR,DOC SEVERINSEN (Yes...THAT DOC SEVERINSEN), LUTHER VANDROSS,NANCY WILSON,DR JOHN ,THE CLASSICS 4,THE DELFONICS, VIC DAMONE,TITO PUENTE,QUEEN LATIFAH, and many more. Their songs have taken on the status of CLASSICS...known all over the WORLD.Songs that HAVE NEVER LEFT THE PUBLIC CONSCIOUSNESS SOME FIFTY YEARS LATER. GOING OUT OF MY HEAD.HURT SO BAD. TEARS ON MY PILLOW.I'M ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN.TWO PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. TAKE ME BACK. MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF. HURT.OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND.I MISS YOU SO. YOU BETTER USE YOUR HEAD,AND MANY MORE.... THEY WERE ONE OF THE VERY FEW DOO-WOP GROUPS to survive that genre and era ... and that continued to have hits right through the MOTOWN and BRITISH INVASION ERAS...WELL INTO THE 70'S. And they have a BRAND NEW ALBUM coming out this month !!! Do they belong IN? The question is LUDICROUS...THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN INDUCTED YEARS AGO !!!

Posted by Bill G on Sunday, 10.5.08 @ 16:36pm


Oh.... and one more thing....They were on AMERICAN BANDSTAND in '58....and on DAVID LETTERMAN IN 2008.... with 3 out of 4 ORIGINAL MEMBERS !!!! HOW MANY OF THIS YEAR'S OTHER NOMINEES can match THAT RECORD ??

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 10.5.08 @ 16:40pm


Let them in!!

Posted by Carl on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 17:59pm


In my opinion, NO RAP OR HIP-HOP GROUP SHOULD BE INDUCTED INTO THE RRHOF FOR AT LEAST 10 MORE YEARS. Let THEM PAY THEIR DUES,LIKE SO MANY OTHER R&B /SOUL GROUPS AND ARTISTS HAVE !! IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE THAT RUN DMC , GRANDMASTER FLASH and THE FURIOUS FIVE, and AFRIKA BAMBAATA , artists THAT NO ONE EVEN HEARD OF 30 YEARS AGO, GET NOMINATED FOR INDUCTION,while R&B artists that have been around for FORTY, FIFTY or MORE YEARS are ignored year after year:

1) THE MIRACLES (#1 on my list)...First recordings,1957
2) THE DOMINOES (WE'RE TALKING 1951, AND 2 FAMOUS LEAD SINGERS JACKIE WILSON & CLYDE McPHATTER).
3) THE FAMOUS FLAMES (only their lead singer, JAMES BROWN, has been inducted, but what about the rest of them: BOBBY BYRD,JOHNNY TERRY, LLOYD STALLWORTH, AND BOBBY BENNETT?) first recording PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE - 1956
4) THE "5" ROYALES -ONE OF THE MOST COVERED ,INFLUENTIAL DOO-WOP GROUPS IN HISTORY- first recordings early 1950's
also what about...
5)THE CLOVERS
6} LOU RAWLS
7}BOBBY WOMACK - first recorded with his brothers , THE VALENTINOS, over 40 years ago (I hope he makes it in.)their songs covered by THE STONES,J GEILS BAND and others.
8) BARRY WHITE.Has been around since the '60's as writer /producer-1st hits in the 70's
9) THE POINTER SISTERS 1st recordings over 30 years ago.
1O)THE DRAMATICS-FIRST RECORDINGS 1969
11)HAROLD NELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES-1950's
12)THE SPINNERS (FIRST HIT, "THAT'S WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE FOR- 1961
13)THE MANHATTANS -FIRST RECORDINGS- EARLY 1960'S
14)THE CHI-LITES
15)THE STYLISTICS
16)THE CONTOURS-one of MOTOWN'S earliest groups.
17}JR. WALKER & THE ALL-STARS-DITTO
18)THE MARVELETTES-DOUBLE DITTO.
19)MARY WELLS-TRIPLE DITTO.
20)THE DELFONICS
21)BILLY STEWART-many hit recordings for CHESS RECORDS.
Many of these artists are no longer with us. and more are dying by the day.
I could go on, but what's the point? Simply this ...NO 80'S MTV RAPPER ....OR ANY OTHER 70'S OR 80'S ARTIST SHOULD be inducted until the GROUNDBRAKING ARTISTS OF THE 50'S AND 60'S GET IN FIRST- THIS SMACKS OF POLITICS AND UNFAIRNESS.
THERE'S NO WAY THAT RUN-DMC SHOULD HAVE EVEN COME UP FOR NOMINATION IN THE SAME YEAR AS LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS...THE IMPERIALS SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN IN YEARS AGO !!!

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 10.13.08 @ 10:07am


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv4B24wYt6M

Little Anthony and the Imperials performing Starship's We Built This City.

Written by Bernie Taupin and Martin Page.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 04:36am


Wouldn't mind seeing them get in. I don't think this will be their year, though they are the potential upset special in my picks. They're the most commercially successful doo-wop group not in yet (though I think they sound more like white pop than doo-wop).

I don't think I'd even place them in my list of Top Ten Deserving Doo-Wop Groups. For me, that list goes *something* along the lines of the following (not definitive, just thinking aloud/typing):

The Tokens
The Diamonds
Danny And The Juniors
Billy Ward And The Dominoes
The Clovers
The Five Royales
The Five Keys
The Chantels
The Bobbettes (the above two, if you accept the idea of a girl doo-wop group)
The Charms
The Five Satins as a close eleventh

THEN Little Anthony And The Imperials.

Still, I do hope they get in. If not this year, someday.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 11.16.08 @ 19:17pm


Oooh, and add the Del-Vikings, too. I'd put the Del-Vikings in before Little Anthony And The Imperials, too.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 11.20.08 @ 16:43pm


Add the Del-Vikings? I had no idea they weren't in the first place. I think somebody in the Hall slipped up big time.

I have a video that dates back to the 80's (87 I think) in which Mick Jagger says that "Whispering Bells' was one of his favorite early singles. I'm suprised that nobody on the voting board, who all pretty much love Mick, caught that. Wow.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 11.20.08 @ 17:20pm


Hall of what ? madona is in there , she cant even spell rock . just to name one of few . jes, put the real thing in .

Posted by m jablonski on Sunday, 11.30.08 @ 02:54am


Sorry for the late notice but the interview with Little Anthony and Imperials founder, Clarence Collins will air on Sunday, Jan. 4th (2009). Anthony and Clarenc took Jeff Greenfield and a CBS Sunday Morning crew to the Ft. Greene projects in Brooklyn to re-visit their old stomping grounds. A number of people came out to say hello including one guy who currently lives in the apartment Anthony's Mom used to live in.

The best part was Anthony and Clarence discovering the old park bench they rehearsed (back over 50 years ago)their early songs is still there. The CBS Sunday Morning crew then shot B-roll at a free concert they did in Lyndhurst, NJ before an audience of 10,000.

Posted by George Dassinger on Friday, 01.2.09 @ 08:49am


I would much rather see THE IMPERIALS get inducted than RUN-DMC or any other rap group. Most rap groups' styles are derivitive,and not original, and they "borrow" (READ "STEAL") from classic R&B groups like THE IMPERIALS,while at the same time , failing to give them credit, or, in many cases ,even royalties. It doesn't make sense to me that a group whose main claim to fame is covering an AEROSMITH song should even be mentioned in the same breath,or share the same stage as THE IMPERIALS, a group that has been around 50 years, still boasts 3 out of 4 ORIGINAL MEMBERS, and has had NUMEROUS hit singles. Their song,"GOING OUT OF MY HEAD" alone has sold over 4,000,000 copies, and has inspired over 100 cover versions by other artists !! And that's not even COUNTING their other hits .Now THAT'S a truly "HALL OF FAME" worthy group. If RUN-DMC gets inducted, and THE IMPERIALS don't,That will, in my opinion, truly DESTROY any remaining credibility the RRHOF claims to have. Any organization that totally IGNORES a truly legendary group like THE MIRACLES,a group with over 50 hit singles, and numerous music industry awards,(including 4 songs in THE GRAMMY HALL OF FAME), while inducting a one-hit wonder like PERCY SLEDGE,to me ,really has NO CREDIBILITY AT ALL.

Posted by Bill G. on Saturday, 01.3.09 @ 10:00am


There are 2 main reasons why this group & other deserving ones are not in the Hall of Fame:
1) Jann 2) Wenner.
Not to mention some of the other assholes on the nominating committee who are oblivious to music history
Remember the board consists mainly of business executives who think in terms of money not music.

Posted by DaveBo on Monday, 01.12.09 @ 15:14pm


If it really was that simple, than a) Little Anthony and the Imperials wouldn't have been nominated this year, b) a popular band who'll boost the ticket sales like Kiss or Chicago would have been inducted a long time ago, and c) artists with little commercial value (Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith) wouldn't have even been considered. Maybe there are too many people in the voting committee whose knowledge of music history is too small, but I'm pretty sure that they're basing their votes on their own taste, not on where the money is.

Posted by The_Claw on Monday, 01.12.09 @ 16:40pm


Maybe there are too many people in the voting committee whose knowledge of music history is too small, but I'm pretty sure that they're basing their votes on their own taste, not on where the money is.

Posted by The_Claw on Monday, 01.12.09 @ 16:40pm

I think Little Anthony & the Imperials has a large
history in Rock..
I am a very big fan of Leonard Cohen, He is the song writers writer with a large influence on where music is..

They vote for both reason money and history/impact, etc.... is my guess. Both reasons are good reasons..
Any Band or act that is nominated means they see their value....

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 01.12.09 @ 21:03pm


I'll actually be MAD if they DON'T get in. I'm listening to their legendary music on YouTube right now, lol!

Posted by Tim on Tuesday, 01.13.09 @ 23:08pm


They made it!! Congrats!

Posted by Tim on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 14:54pm


ABOUT TIME!Better late than never.




Brooklyns in the house

Posted by Leon on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 15:38pm


How the hell do they get in but not Iggy Pop/The Stooges?

Posted by S.R on Wednesday, 03.11.09 @ 19:15pm


Congratulations to Little Anthony and the Imperials for getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You know that Little Anthony and the Imperials are not a Doo Wop Group because Anthony doesn't like his group being called a Doo Wop they now Pop/R&B singers. Tears On My Pillow started in the 50's but Going Out of My Head and Hurt So Bad are now Doo Wop Songs those are R&B songs. I'm looking forward to watch the induction ceremony on VH1.

Posted by Joshua on Monday, 03.16.09 @ 14:39pm


The IMPERIALS were LEGENDS before THE STOOGES were ever even HEARD OF . Thats why.

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 03.16.09 @ 21:20pm


Would someone please explain to me, how the hell THEY are more influential or innovative than Rush,Slayer,Iron Maiden,The MC5,Link Wray,Judas Priest,Megadeth,The Stooges,Iron Butterfly,or Jethro Tull? Because, I'd really like to know.

Posted by S.R on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 15:55pm


The entire Philadelphia-based "Soft- Soul" movement of the 1970's-early '80's, with it's emphasis on full symphonic orchestration and vocal harmony, was directly influenced the The IMPERIALS ground-braking early '60's recordings with TEDDY RANDAZZO and the late DON COSTA. Groups such as THE DELFONICS, THE STYLISTICS,THE SPINNERS,THE CHI-LITES ,BLUE MAGIC ,THE BLUE NOTES and others , not to mention producers such as KENNY GAMBLE, LEON HUFF, THOM BELL,VAN McCOY, and Mc FADDEN & WHITEHEAD were all directly influenced by the music of THE IMPERIALS. So we're ADULT CONTEMPORARY and DOO-WOP acts of the 50's and 60's such as THE LETTERMEN, THE CARPENTERS,JOHNNY MATHIS , THE TYMES, and many others. Their songs have been recorded by :(and this is just a partial list:
Wes Montgomery
Cilla Black
Willie Bobo
Illinois Jacquet
Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66
Billy May
Ella Fitzgerald
Lou Christie
Chris Montez
The Zombies
Lynne Randell
Les McCann
The Lettermen
Ramsey Lewis
Ray Conniff
Hank Mobley
Gladys Knight & the Pips
Florence Ballard
Classics IV
The New Swing Sextet
Tony Mottola
Vic Damone
Frank Sinatra
Richard Hayman
Anni-Frid Lyngstad
Harvey Averne
Floyd Cramer
Gloria Gaynor
Vikki Carr
Wes Montgomery
Lawrence Welk
Pérez Prado
Julio Martini
Doc Severinsen
George Shearing
Les Baxter
Jack McDuff
The Lennon Sisters
Percy Faith & His Orchestra
Gerry Mulligan
Tito Puente
Luther Vandross
Long John Baldry
Queen Latifah]]-1998,
Michele Lee
Dr. John
Diahann Carroll
Nancy Wilson
Alexandra Billings
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Al Martino
The Delfonics
The Fifth Dimension

Their showmanship and versality is unmatched...and in their heyday could rock as hard , if not harder than any rock band, Sure, they didn't play guitars or have long hair ...but I dare ANY rock band to match their explosive performance of their late '50's hit, "I'm Alright" (which The Stones later copied and covered in the 1964 motion picture "The T.A.M.I Show") where they did splits,slides and spins to curl your hair...and had audiences go absolutely INSANE !!! Are they influential ? ABSOLUTELY !!! Do they deserve induction ? DEFINITELY !!!

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 03.25.09 @ 01:27am


THE IMPERIALS have influenced ROCK ACTS,POP ACTS, R&B ACTS, DOO-WOP ACTS, ADULT CONTEMPORARY ACTS ,VOCAL HAROMY GROUPS, JAZZ ACTS ...YOU NAME IT !!

Posted by Bill G on Wednesday, 03.25.09 @ 01:32am


Their showmanship and versality is unmatched...and in their heyday could rock as hard , if not harder than any rock band, Sure, they didn't play guitars or have long hair ...but I dare ANY rock band to match their explosive performance of their late '50's hit, "I'm Alright" (which The Stones later copied and covered in the 1964 motion picture "The T.A.M.I Show") where they did splits,slides and spins to curl your hair...and had audiences go absolutely INSANE !!! Are they influential ? ABSOLUTELY !!! Do they deserve induction ? DEFINITELY !!!

What a bunch of bullshit.

Posted by S.R on Wednesday, 03.25.09 @ 18:07pm


....Well, obviously not to the RRHOF induction committee...It's not what you or I think that matters. It's them. And , The Imperials are in.

Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 03.26.09 @ 00:42am


Only 5 of the 6 members of Little Anthony & The Imperials attended and performed at the Rock Hall, and there was no mention of the 6th member. Which member was not there and why?

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 04.4.09 @ 19:47pm


I haven't seen it yet,Roy. I did record it, though. After I watch it, I'll get back to you. I do know that Anthony mentioned that one of the original Imperials was deceased. but ,the CLASSIC Imperials line-up (the line-up that had all of the major hits) , consisted of LITTLE ANTHONY GOURDINE, CLARENCE COLLINS, (the group's founder and de facto leader), ERNEST WRIGHT,and SAMMY STRAIN. When Sammy left the group,first , in the mid '70's to sing with THE O'JAYS, and again in 2004, he was replaced BOTH times by HAROLD JENKINS. were those the five members honored ?

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 04.5.09 @ 09:31am


The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame website lists Little Anthony and the Imperials inductees as:

Anthony Gourdine
Clarence Collins
Tracy Lord
Glouster "Nat" Rogers
Sammy Strain
Ernest Wright, Jr.

That's 6, but only 5 attended and they made no mention of the 6th member as being deceased or ill or why he didn't attend. I don't know which member it is that did not attend.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 04.5.09 @ 10:28am


OK, so that means that the RRHOF Induction committee decided to focus on the Original Imperials...and not replacement members like Kenny Seymour (who was still acknowledged),Bobby Wade, and Harold Jenkins,who replaced Sammy, and is with the group now. That means Anthony, Ernest, Clarence, Sammy,Nat Rogers,(who was present) , and the late Tracy Lord. If you read Anthony's interview,posted elsewhere on this site , he does acknowledge him.

Posted by Bill G. on Tuesday, 04.7.09 @ 00:20am


Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If Little Anthony & the Imperials anf Jefferson Airplane collaborated, it would be called...

"Surrealistic Tears On My Pillow".

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 07.25.09 @ 18:41pm


*** TO FUTURE ROCK LEGENDS ***

The Imperials' big hits "GOING OUT OF MY HEAD" (over 100 recorded cover versions by other artists), "HURT SO BAD", and "I'M ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN" should also be included in their list of essential recordings. I've written articles for all of them on Wikipedia.

Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 06.23.11 @ 17:50pm


" That's 6, but only 5 attended and they made no mention of the 6th member as being deceased or ill or why he didn't attend. I don't know which member it is that did not attend."

Posted by Roy.

That would be Tracy Lord. He is the only original member of The Imperials that is deceased. His sons accepted the induction on his behalf. The other Imperials, Little Anthony, Clarence, Ernest, Sammy,(a double inductee), and Nate Rogers were all present.

Unlike other '50's groups, The IMPERIALS are still touring with the majority of their original members. It's amazing that they're all still around.

Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 11.23.12 @ 17:46pm


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