Classic Doo-Wop Group Little Anthony And The Imperials Celebrate 50th Anniversary, Reveal Secret To Their Longevity

Wednesday, August 06, 2008 — by Wow Jones

 

Little Anthony And The Imperials -- Portrait

Little Anthony And The Imperials -- Portrait

 

In the July 28th, 2008 issue of JET Magazine (with Rev. Run, Justine Simmons and their adopted child on the cover), Legendary group Little Anthony & The Imperials demonstrate that they know just what it’s…

about when it comes to maintaining a show-biz career.  In the article,  “Little Anthony & The Imperials Celebrate 50th Anniversary, Reveal Secret To Their Longevity” by Clarence Waldron, Lead Singer Little Anthony (Anthony Gourdine) reveals that he’s sharp and knows what time it is.  He explains,

“We survived for 50 years because we realize we are not hit recording artists of today, Beyonce is today’s recording artist.  We know that and we understand that.”

 

Little Anthony And The Imperials Album Cover

Little Anthony And The Imperials Album Cover

 

Little Anthony notes what made his group different from the other groups that have since disappeared from the scene.

 

Little Anthony And The Imperials Perform

Little Anthony And The Imperials Perform

 

Little Anthony And The Imperials Perform

Little Anthony And The Imperials Perform

 

“We made the transformation into becoming performing artists.  We are the real deal.  We are very good at what we do as performing artists.  We have developed a following; they come to be entertained, to hear those old songs.  We have been blessed.”

 

Finally, Little Anthony explains a hard reality that most older groups have yet to realize.

 

Little Anthony And The Imperials Album Cover

Little Anthony And The Imperials Album Cover

 

Little Anthony And The Imperials Album Cover

Little Anthony And The Imperials Album Cover

 

“You are not going to have those hit records that you have today.  For us, it’s all about the next gig, the next performance.  If you look at most of the groups, they are trying to live off the past.  They think they are still recording artists.  You had your shot at recording hit records, but you still got your following.”

Taking notes? 

–The Wow Jones Rport

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