One of soul music's survivors still performing today
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You may remember him from the 1958 doo-wop hit "Tears on my Pillow."
Some called that sound doo-wop, but Jerome Anthony Gourdine a-k-a Little Anthony says it's Rhythm and Blues.
"Tears on my Pillow" was the first song for Little Anthony and the Imperials. Released back in 1958, it was an instant hit, and made Little Anthony a star, who was still in High school at the time.
His journey to musical fame was on its way with follow up hits like "Going Out of My Head” and "Hurt So Bad."
Little Anthony lived in the Fort Greene Public Housing development and went to Boys' High School. He says back in the day he was a part of gang.
"I should have been dead. The things I did as a young man. I came up totally in the streets,” said Gourdine.
Nowadays he's still performing with the original members of The Imperials from his old Brooklyn neighborhood.
"It is just a gift that I have this voice. It is not that I have a formula, you take two pills and have some honey and your voice is great. No, every day I open my mouth, it comes out. It is super natural, that is not natural,” said Gourdine.
Over the years, a lot of Little Anthony's songs were about the pain and heartbreak love can often bring. Those same songs continue to bring him and his fans a lot of happy memories as well.