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The Imperials

from Vancouver BC
Broken Up - Confirmed: Jun. 4, 2021 (Archived)
For your information, a band called The Imperials, based in Richmond BC was together between 1960 and 1962. I played Bass in the band in 1960/61. Other members included Larry Stevens, Lead Guitar/Bass, Al Wilson (no relation) Guitar, Keith Kemp, Piano , Bill Gialma, Drums and Dave Smith, Saxophone.
We were an instrumental band playing mainly R & B covers. We played at various venues around the Vancouver area including The Hollywood Bowl, Garden Auditorium, Carpenters Hall (NW) etc.
Jim Wilson, April 2004

My name is Bill Giolma. I was the Drummer and the co-founder of the Richmond, B.C./Vancouver Imperials.
We played all of the R & B oriented dancehalls and Nightclubs in Southwestern B.C. and even down into the Bellingham and Oak Harbor WA. area.
We did our last gig as the "Imperials" in the latter part of 1965.
Bill Giolma, March 2006

Sax player Wayne Arnold died at the hands of muggers in Tijuana, Mexico, circa Spring 1962 R.I.P.)
We were the house band every weekend at the Hollywood Bowl for about a year and we used 2 saxophones. One Saturday night we had Paul Revere and the Raiders as headliners on the gig. We had a great time with them.
Bill Giolma, February 2007
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Past Members

Wayne ArnoldSaxophone1959-1965
Bill GiolmaDrums1959-1965
Keith KempPiano1959-1965
Dave SmithSaxophone1959-1965
Larry StevensGuitar / Bass1959-1965
Al WilsonGuitar1959-1965
Jim WilsonBass1959-1965
Status: Broken Up
- Last confirmed Jun. 4, 2021