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Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine

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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Fish, Rice, Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Tomorrow Is Another Day.

Birthplace

Born:
1/8/1941
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Fish, Rice, Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Tomorrow Is Another Day.

Birthplace

Born:
1/8/1941
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Singer Jerome “Little Anthony" Gourdine was born on January 8, 1941, to Victoria Stafford and Thomas Elliot Gourdine. He grew up in the Fort Greene Housing Project in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Boys High School. While in high school, Gourdine and his friends created a doo-wop group called, "The Duponts."

In 1957, Gourdine joined a new group called the, The Chesters, as the lead vocalist. The group recorded, “Tears on My Pillow,” which became an instant success. The Chesters, changed their name to Little Anthony & The Imperials, in 1959, and released their second hit single, “Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop,” which sold one million records.

Little Anthony & the Imperials reformed under DCP records in 1964. From 1964 through 1967, Little Anthony & The Imperials achieved success with songs like, “I’m Outside Looking In,” “Goin’ Out of My Head,” and “Hurt So Bad.” They appeared on the "The Ed Sullivan Show," the "Kraft Music Hall Television Show," and Dick Clark’s television specials. In 1969, Little Anthony & The Imperials signed with United Artists and recorded several chart singles. Gourdine left the group in 1975 to begin a sixteen year long acting and solo singing career.

Little Anthony & The Imperials performed their first reunion show in 1992, in New York City, New York. Over the years, they have had seventeen pop and twelve R&B chart hits.

Gourdine now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife, Linda.

Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 6, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine describes his mother's move to New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine remembers how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine lists his brothers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine remembers moving to Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls his neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine remembers his childhood friends
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls his teachers at P.S. 67 in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls his early religious experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine describes his early singing experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine describes his parents' occupations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls his peers at Boys High School in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine describes Boys High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls his early singing career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine remembers New York City's gang culture
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls his introduction to pop music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine lists the members of the Duponts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine remembers The Chesters
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls joining The Chesters
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls The Chesters' first record deal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine lists the members of The Chesters
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls graduating from Boys High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls his introduction to show business, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls his introduction to show business, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls learning about show business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine describes the origin of his nickname
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls how The Chesters became Little Anthony and the Imperials
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls Little Anthony and the Imperials' band
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine talks about 'Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine describes the style of Little Anthony and the Imperials
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls his break from the Imperials
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls when Sammy Strain joined The O'Jays
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine describes Murray the K's radio show
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine remembers performing at the Apollo Theater in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls his early television appearances
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine remembers performing in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls performing on Ed Sullivan's 'Toast of the Town'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls performers he met on the West Coast
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls being asked to open for The Beatles
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine remembers United Artists Records
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine describes his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine remembers his transition to acting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls the reunion of Little Anthony and the Imperials
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine describes his solo singing career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine remembers his musical influences
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls meeting Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine recalls receiving threats of violence
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine describes his experiences in the South
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine remembers the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine describes Little Anthony and the Imperials' latest album
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine shares his advice to aspiring musicians, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine talks about his favorite musicians
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine shares his advice to aspiring musicians, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine shares his advice to future generations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine narrates his photographs