Little Anthony joins line up at county fair

By From page B2 | April 25, 2014

VALLEJO — Little Anthony & The Imperials have been added to the concert line up for the 2014 Solano County Fair.

The group that sang “Tears on My Pillow” will perform 8 p.m. July 31. Con Funk Shun opens the fair on July 30. Los Lobos plays on Aug. 1.

Two additional acts will be announced soon.

Little Anthony & The Imperials got their start in Brooklyn after signing with End Records in 1958. Previously called The Chesters, End Records renamed the group and began work on the group’s first record, “Tears on My Pillow,” which sold more than one million companies.

Lead singer Anthony Gourdine earned his nickname when a radio disc jockey introduced the tune saying the group was Little Anthony & The Imperials.

The band recorded some more singles and hit pay dirt in 1959 with the doo-wop novelty tune, “Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop,” also selling more than one million copies.

Gourdine left the group in 1961 and returned two years later, with the other two original members, Tracy Lord and Glouster Rogers. Newcomer Sammy Strain was added to the lineup.

Producer-composer Teddy Randazzo worked with the band. The pairing came up with hits such as “Goin’ Out Of My Head” and “Hurt So Bad.”

The group parted amicably in 1975 and spent the next 17 years in their individual musical pursuits before reuniting in 1992.

The Solano County Fair is July 30 through Aug. 3 at the Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive. More information can be found at www.SCFair.com.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.



Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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