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Album Review

Led by the sultry tenor voice of Sonny Til, the Orioles — in spite of being regarded by many as the originators of doo wop — have been poorly served in the CD era, with most of the collections available consisting of re-recorded versions of their late-'40s and early-'50s hits. There is the massive and definitive six-disc box from Bear Family, of course, but little for the more casual listener to seek out, a situation this double-disc, 52-track set from Acrobat addresses nicely. It features all of their major hits, including "It's Too Soon to Know," "(It's Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas," and their signature tune, "Crying in the Chapel," as well as more bluesy and raucous material like their version of "Baby Please Don't Go." One of the first groups to bring an overt gospel influence into the pop arena, the Orioles are well worth investigating, and since this collection features original recordings (rather than revisits), it makes a perfect and affordable place to begin.

Customer Reviews

The Originators of Doo-Wop

The Orioles started their group in my house in Baltimore, Md and I feel their music is the best of all vocal groups. Sonny Til broke many hearts with the greatest renditions of love songs over and above all other singers in his time. Many tried to copy but never ever equalled, he was the Luther Vandross of his time. Check out "I Cross My Fingers". I am Gene Reed related to Johnny Reed the original bassist (bottom right corner)

Orioles 1947-1955

What can one say, The greatest group of all time.First heard them way back in 1951 love them then and love them still (we'll all be in doo wop heven someday and what a time we'll have


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Formed: 1948 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Led by Sonny Til, the Orioles were the first black vocal group to sing music directly for a black audience. Through their early recordings -- which were made in the late '40s and early '50s -- the band laid the groundwork for R&B vocal groups and doo wop. The Orioles fused traditional pop songs with gospel sensibilities and arranged blues and gospel material with smooth harmonies, designed to appeal to the broadest audience possible. Based in Baltimore, MD, the Orioles consisted of lead vocalist...
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