Lit­tle An­thony and The mpe­ri­als to Play St. Johns­bury

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - ST.Johns­bury, VT

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 .

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