Little Anthony & the Imperials

Emerging from the doo-wop tradition and street corners of Brooklyn, Little Anthony and the Imperials climbed the charts in 1958 with "Tears on My Pillow," an exquisite teen melodrama fueled by tight harmonies and Anthony Gourdine's glorious falsetto. A cavalcade of iconic hits continued through the '60s, including "Shimmy, Shimmy Ko-ko Bop," "Hurt So Bad," and "Goin' Out of My Head." The group, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, is a rarity these days in that it's three-quarters intact—original members Gourdine, Ernest Wright, and Clarence Collins (all around 70), joined by Robert DeBlanc—the dynamic vocal interplay still resonates, and half-baked nostalgia isn't on the menu. The old tunes on 2008's You'll Never Know sport fresh, jazzy arrangements; the new ones have a distinct vibrancy while settling into a classic R&B groove, including a title track duet with Deniece Williams.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7 & 9 p.m. Starts: June 8. Continues through June 9, 2011

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