Little Anthony and The mperials to Play St. Johnsbury
Very few 1960’s pop groups still exist as anything close to their original formations. The Rolling Stones are still led by their driving force, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and the allinstrumental sound of The Ventures continues behind founding lead guitarists Don Wilson and Bob Bogle. And The Who still go out on occasion, with Peter Townsend and Roger Daltry on board. But many of the era’s best known R& B groups, that tour under the iconic names of originals like The Temptations and The Shirelles, are regarded by many as little more than Karaoke bands for the hits that marked that era.
Little Anthony and The Imperials is an exception. This enduring R&B group still boasts its amazing lead singer “Little Anthony” Gourdine, with his unmistakable falsetto voice that shaped indelible songs like “Going’ utta My Head,” “Tears on My Pillow,” and “Hurts So Bad.” And the group’s classic 1 3 line-up remains mostly intact, with band members rnest right and Clarence Collins joining Little Anthony on stage. nly Sammy Strain no longer sings with the group, having retired in
00 . Strain is now replaced by Robert LeBlanc, former singer with Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin.
ingdom County Productions will present Little Anthony and the Imperials in an exclusive ew ngland concert,
30pm, Sunday, April 3rd, at Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy. The group will be accompanied by an eight-piece band, including trumpets and saxophones. Tickets are available at the Catamount Arts regional box office or by calling 0---00. -hour online sales are available at CatamountArts.org. In all, Little Anthony and the Imperials shot 1 hit tunes to the Top 0 charts. In addition to the songs listed above, they include “Shimmy Shimmy o o Bop” “I’m on the utside (Looking In),” and “Just Two inds of People In the orld,” which the group performed on HB ’s nationally televised concert commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, into which the group was inducted by their longtime friend Smokey Robinson in 00 .