Matinee at The Palace Theatre
Little Anthony and the Imperials
Little Anthony and the Imperials are an American 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 one of the very few doo-wop groups to maintain success on the R&B and pop charts well throughout the 1960s. They were 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.
When Phil Spector discovered The Crystals, not one was yet out of high school. Their first recording, There’s No Other (Like My Baby) was also their first hit which catapulted them straight to the Apollo theatre. They continued their successful recordings with five more records: Uptown, He’s A Rebel, He’s Sure The Boy I Love, Da Doo Ron Ron, and Then He Kissed Me.
The Marcels are, as advertised, the guys who put the “Bomp” in the “Bomp-A-Bomp” back in 1961 when their first recording, Blue Moon, sold over two and a half million copies. The Marcels can boast of three record albums and numerous hit singles with sales in the millions. They also recorded The Greatest Love, the theme song for the motion picture The Interns and appeared with Chubby Checker in the film Twist Around The Clock. Their signature song, Blue Moon, has been used in at least four major motion pictures and various TV shows.