Tears on My Pillow

Jerome “Little Anthony” Gourdine was only 18 when he recorded ‘Tears on My Pillow’ and this was the debut recording for Little Anthony and the Imperials who were previously been known as “The Duponts” and “The Chesters”.  ‘Tears on My Pillow’ was a #4 hit and it was written by Sylvester Bradford and Al Lewis in 1958.  The Brooklyn-based group was one of the very close to being classified as being a doowop group that was able to enjoy sustained success on the R&B and pop charts throughout the 1960s.  Little Anthony was known for his high-pitched falsetto voice and the “Little” descriptor supposedly came from the legendary Brooklyn disc jockey and promoter Alan Freed who played this song on radio station WINS in New York, and commented to its distributor, “My gosh, that girl sure can song.”   When he was told that the singer was a male, he replied, “He must be awfully little.”

The group members for this record were Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine, Clarence Collins, Tracy Lord, Ernest Wright, Jr., and Glouster “Nate” Rogers.  ‘Tears On My Pillow’ used the same backing tracks as the Penguins’ ‘Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)’, because the record company barely had enough money for the session tape.  Little Anthony is a sobbing mess in this song, where he can’t deal with a heartbreak.  The song is filled with beautiful words of sadness and longing for a relationship which the girl doesn’t seem to remember to begin again.

In 1975, Gourdine left the band to focus on acting and a solo singing career, achieving some success over the next 16 years as singer Little Anthony and actor Anthony Gourdine.  In 1978, Little Anthony became a Born-Again Christian, saying that he was touched by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Little Anthony turned 80 this year and he lives in Boca Raton, FL.  Little Anthony and the Imperials had 17 pop and 12 R&B chart hits, they sold 32 million records worldwide and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

You don’t remember me, but I remember you
‘Twas not so long ago, you broke my heart in two
Tears on my pillow, pain in my heart
Caused by you, you

If we could start anew, I wouldn’t hesitate
I’d gladly take you back, and tempt the hand of fate
Tears on my pillow, pain in my heart, caused by you

Love is not a gadget, love is not a toy
When you find the one you love
She’ll fill your heart with joy

If we could start anew, I wouldn’t hesitate
I’d gladly take you back, and tempt the hand of fate
Tears on my pillow, pain in my heart, caused by you

You (oh oh oh)
You (oh oh oh), you (oh oh oh)
You (oh oh oh) you (oh oh oh)

Written for Thursday Inspiration #108 Tossin’ and Turnin’,

2 thoughts on “Tears on My Pillow

  1. That is something that they used the same backing track as Earth Angel. Many of those fifties songs were the same backing melody with a different counter-melody on top… it makes sense.

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