Ernest Wright is a founding member of Rock and Roll Royalty and Hall of Fame Inductees “Little Anthony and the Imperials” In 1958, the Imperials had their first hit and one of the biggest records of that year, “Tears On My Pillow,” followed by another highlight of Ernest’s career when he wrote the hit record considered one of the greatest Doo Wop records of all time, “Two Kinds of People In the World.”
Throughout the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, The Imperials scored many other great hits including “I’m On the Outside Looking In,” “Going Out of My Head,” “Hurt So Bad,” “Take Me Back,” and “Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop.” During this time, Ernest met and worked with most of the greats of the music and entertainment business, artists like Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, Sammy Davis, and performed songs written by some of America’s greatest writers and composers including Otis Blackwell and Teddy Randazzo. Ernest left the Imperials in the early 70’s, and travelled to Europe with one of the greatest voices in American music, tony Williams, the lead singer of the legendary Platters. Upon Tony Williams’ retirement, Ermest created and toured the world for two decades with his musical review “The Magial Sound of The Platters.” Ernest returned to the U.S. upon the invitation to do The Imperials reunion concert at Madison Square Garcen in 1992 where the Imperials regrouped as headliners after twenty years apart. Ernest and The Imperials formidable achievement of placing 20 singles on the pop or R&B charts in three different decades established them as founding fathers and legends of the art form of Rock and Roll, earning them their place in American history. These crowning achievements were honored by Ernest’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Imperials in 2009.
Ernest also performs with his daughter daughter Nicole as The Wright Experience.