Discoveries

A look back at the golden days of pop music

An Imperial singer to the end

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Jerome “Little Anthony” Gourdine does not like tags. “I’m no doo-wop singer,” he claims. “I never was!” Instead, the Imperials leadman believes that most of the songs he is known for are in a “whole ‘nother category.”

The tragic life of Tammi Terrell

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Tammi Terrell was one of Motown’s brightest stars of the 1960s. Her duets with Marvin Gaye became instant soul classics, and her tragic death from brain cancer just shy of her 25th birthday helped to cement her status as a musical icon.

It took a lot of ill-fated singles before some ’50s pop stars got hits

Tony Bennett photo courtesy Sony Music Archives/Don Hunstein

While some lucky pop artists scored hits with their very first singles, others — including some outright legends — needed to try and try again before they finally broke through on Billboard Pop Charts. (Connie Francis famously put out 10 singles on MGM before she found success with 1958’s “Who’s Sorry Now?”) Here’s a peek at some other now-famous artists who needed at least two attempts to score chart hits back in the ’50s.