♫ Goin’ Out Of My Head / Tears On My Pillow ♫

When I was younger … much younger (no comments from the peanut gallery, please), Little Anthony and the Imperials were one of my favourite groups.  It’s been decades since I’ve thought much about them, but tonight, listening to a few of their “Oldies but Goodies”, I was transported back … back to a time when life was yet exciting and dreams yet to be fulfilled.  Needless to say, I’m in rather a dark mood tonight, too many things weighing heavily on my heart and mind to find much to smile about … but Little Anthony and the Imperials did bring a smile for a bit.  I couldn’t decide between these two songs, so … I’m giving you both!

Little Anthony and the Imperials is a rhythm and blues/soul vocal group from New York City founded by Clarence Collins in the 1950s and named in part for its lead singer, Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine, who was noted for his high-pitched voice.  In addition to Collins and Gourdine, the original Imperials included Ernest Wright, Glouster “Nate” Rogers, and Tracey Lord, the last two of whom were subsequently replaced by Sammy Strain. The group was one of the very few doo-wop groups to enjoy sustained success on the R&B and pop charts throughout the 1960s. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4, 2009.

In early 2014, Gourdine toured the UK with David Gest’s Legends of Soul when he performed Tears on My Pillow and Goin’ Out of My Head . The same year, he released his biography, Little Anthony: My Journey, My Destiny, recounting his life, his memories, and his years with The Imperials.

The Imperials are still performing. Imperials founder Collins, now retired, has been replaced by Johnny Britt. De Blanc and original members Wright and Gourdine round out the group. When the group is not touring, Gourdine does stage plays and currently also has a one-man show, which he is currently doing to support his biography, and to celebrate his 55-plus years as a performer.

Goin’ Out of My Head was written by Teddy Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein, initially recorded by Little Anthony and the Imperials in 1964. Randazzo, a childhood friend of the group, wrote the song especially for them, having also supplied the group with their previous Top 20 Hit I’m on the Outside (Looking In).  Their original version of the song was a Billboard Top 10 Pop smash, reaching #1 in Canada and #6 in the U.S.  The Little Anthony and the Imperials original recording is the best-known version of the song, although it has since been covered by many other artists.

Tears on My Pillow was written by Sylvester Bradford and Al Lewis in 1958.  This was the first best-selling single for Little Anthony and the Imperials and used the same backing tracks as the Penguins’ Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine). This was done as an economy move as the record company barely had enough money for the session tape.  Although it remains one of the Imperials’ signature songs, Tears on My Pillow has been extensively covered, including a #1 in the UK Singles Chart version by Kylie Minogue in January 1990.

Goin´out of My Head
Little Anthony and The Imperials

Well, I think I’m goin’ out of my head
Yes, I think I’m goin’ out of my head
Over you, over you
I want you to want me, I need you so badly
I can’t think of anything but you

And I think I’m goin’ out of my head
Yes, I think I’m goin’ out of my head
Over you, over you

I see you each morning
But you just walk past me you don’t even know that I exist

Goin’ out of my head over you
Out of my head over you out of my head day and night
Night and day and night, wrong or right

I must think of a way into your heart
There’s no reason why my being shy should keep us apart
And I think I’m goin’ out of my head
Yes, I think I’m goin’ out of my head

Goin’ out of my head over you
Out of my head over you out of my head day and night
Night and day and night, wrong or right
Night and day and night
Wrong or right, day or night
Everyday, every, every day

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Teddy Randazzo / Bobby Weinstein
Goin´out of My Head lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Tears on My Pillow
Little Anthony and The Imperials

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)

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Sylvester Bradford / Al Lewis
Thears on My Pillow lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Royalty Network, Raleigh Music Publishing

17 thoughts on “♫ Goin’ Out Of My Head / Tears On My Pillow ♫

  1. I don’t recall the group but I have heard both songs before. I was puzzled with the second title as Tears on my Pillow was a big hit over here by Johnny Nash but it’s not the same record. All in all, I wasn”t a big fan of doo-wap
    but they weren’t bad.
    Cwtch

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  2. I didn’t recall either song, though I think I must have heard one of the covers of the first one. I don’t even know the Kylie cover of the second – I’d rather lost interest in the singles chart by then! He has a unique voice, doesn’t he. Btw, the second one isn’t available here, but I found another video for it on YouTube.

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    • Yeah, I was surprised to see that neither song charted anywhere on your side of the pond. I’m sorry the 2nd one didn’t play there … I never know when I embed them if there are copyrights that will prevent them playing until one of you tells me … sorry ’bout that, but I’m glad you found another source.

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