The Imperials started out in the later part of the 1950’s as a doo-wop group called The Chesters, and after early line up changes and introducing Anthony Gourdine they gained a record contract and became Little Anthony and the Imperials. At End records they had several releases and some began to chart in the US. They continued to have several personnel changes and moved to DCP then Veep Records during mid 1960’s. It was whilst on tour in the UK during 1977 with a short incarnation of the group line up of Bobby Wade, Clarence Collins and Dwight Brewster1 this track “Who’s Gonna Love Me” was recorded. Released in November, by Christmas Eve 1977 the single had crept into the bottom of the top 50 in the UK and over the next few weeks it slowly moved to number #17 where it peaked in a 9 week run.2
“Who’s Gonna Love Me” is a soul track with full orchestra of strings, brass and percussion almost akin to the group Earth, Wind and Fire in its magnitute. What makes this different is the spoken portions at the introduction and then again after an instrumental break with the song ending with a last reprise of the chorus. The credit for the arrangement and orchestral conduction included the producer Tony Sylvester, voaclist Dwight Brewster and arranger Harvey LeSene.
[The single was also a minor hit in july 1978 in The Netherlands reaching #27 for a 5 week run on chart which was issued with a picture sleeve with the title incorrectly written as “Who’s gonna love you”3
The B side is full on funky soul with lots of percussion called “Can you Imagine”
Sources: 1. Discogs 2. Official Charts – UK 3. Dutch Charts
Pictures taken May 2015