LITTLE ANTHONY and THE IMPERIALS

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LITTLE ANTHONY and THE IMPERIALS

October 23 & 24 | 7pm

Savannah Center Resident $45-65 | General Public $50-70 Get Tickets

Little Anthony and the Imperials is a rhythm and blues/soul/doo-wop vocal group from
New York, first active in the 1950s. Lead singer Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony”
Gourdine was noted for his high-pitched falsetto voice, influenced by Jimmy Scott. The
group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4, 2009, 23 years after
the group’s first year of eligibility for induction, waiting longer than any other artist for the
honor.
Little Anthony and the Imperials received the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Pioneer
Award in 1993. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999 and the
Long Island Music Hall of Fame on October 15, 2006. On January 14, 2009, it was
announced that Little Anthony and the Imperials had been inducted into the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to Anthony, Wright, Collins, and Strain, Original Imperials
member Nathaniel “Nate” Rogers was also present to be honored. The group was
inducted by longtime friend, Miracles member Smokey Robinson. In October 2009, the
group performed “Two People in the World” at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of
Fame Concert.
Imperials member Sammy Strain is one of the few artists in popular music history who is
a double Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, having been inducted with The O’Jays in
2005 and the Imperials in 2009.