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Five Empressions

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Biography

The Five Empressions would become better-known in history as the Five Emprees, who had a major hit in the Chicago area with their cover of the Addrisi Brothers' "Little Miss Sad," which rose to number 74 in the national charts. "Little Miss Sad," however, was first issued on the small Chicago indie label Freeport, and credited to the Five Empressions. The band were then forced to change their name by the star soul group the Impressions, who brought an injunction against them (coincidentally, the Five Empressions had actually called themselves the Impressions before changing their billing to the Five Empressions). "Little Miss Sad" was a decent garage-pop-rock single, driven by an infectious ascending riff, close British Invasion-influenced harmonies, and the kind of Trini Lopez-influenced rhythm that Neil Diamond would popularize on songs like "Cherry, Cherry," As the Five Emprees, the group would subsequently record an album and several follow-up singles through 1968, without ever repeating the success of "Little Miss Sad." ~ Richie Unterberger