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Little Anthony takes pride in still surprising audiences

Little Anthony and the Imperials — clockwise from left, Robert DeBlanc, Ernest Wright, Clarence Collins and Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine — will be part of the Golden Oldies Spectacular at Proctors on Saturday.
Little Anthony and the Imperials — clockwise from left, Robert DeBlanc, Ernest Wright, Clarence Collins and Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine — will be part of the Golden Oldies Spectacular at Proctors on Saturday.
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In 57 years in the music business, Jerome Anthony Gourdine, better known as Little Anthony, has learned to embrace change. As leader of vocal group Little Anthony and the Imperials, he steered the group to a slew of hit singles in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s — from their doo-wop beginnings with 1958 debut “Tears on My Pillow” to soulful ballads such as 1964’s “I’m on the Outside (Looking In).” The band’s final charting single ...


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