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Baltimore’s Legendary Orioles Aboard 2012 Doo Wop Cruise

Baltimore’s Legendary Orioles Aboard 2012 Doo Wop Cruise

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The Orioles regarded as one of the earliest and finest groups to ever record Doo Wop. They are best known for their Jubilee recordings of "Crying in the Chapel," " It’s Too Soon to Know," “Baby Please Don’t Go” ~ “The Orioles cut astounding 121 sides for the Jubilee labels this is very impressive by today's standards.
The Orioles regarded as one of the earliest and finest groups to ever record Doo Wop. They are best known for their Jubilee recordings of "Crying in the Chapel," " It’s Too Soon to Know," “Baby Please Don’t Go” ~ “The Orioles cut astounding 121 sides for the Jubilee labels this is very impressive by today's standards.

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Baltimore’s Legendary Orioles Aboard 2012 Doo Wop CruiseThe Orioles regarded as one of the earliest and finest groups to ever record DooWop. They are best known for their Jubilee recordings of "Crying in the Chapel," " It’s Too Soon to Know," “Baby Please Don’t Go” ~ “The Orioles cut astounding 121 sidesfor the Jubilee labels this is very impressive by today
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s standards.New York, NY, June 22, 2011 -- Grant Williams CEO of Memory Lane Concert Cruisestoday announced. The prestigious Orioles will be among the many groups appearing on its historic 2012 Oldies But Goodies Doo Wop Cruise. “Orioles were one of thefirst group
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s to sing in five-part harmony, making them a seminal pre rock androll vocal group, and one of the most influential acts of the 50’s.” said WilliamsThe Orioles are one of the most influential vocal groups of all time. They firstwere formed in 1946 as the Vibranairs in Baltimore after World War II by Earlington Tilghman better known as Sonny Til, a charismatic tenor who loved rich arrangements and had a knack for picking and writing great material. Other members included Alexander Sharp, George Nelson, Johnny Reed, and Tommy Gaither. These five street-corner harmony pioneers imparted a skilled, soulful edge to the standard pop-crooning style of the day, and their appearance marked a shift in populartaste from big bands to small vocal groups. The Orioles established the basic pattern for the doo-wop sound: wordless, melismatic harmonies surrounding the tenor vocals of Sonny Til.The Orioles differed from groups like the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots in that they made purely vocal music without orchestration and accompanied only by the solo guitar of Tommy Gaither. They began to make a name for themselves with performances at Harlem’s Apollo Theater and on Arthur Godfrey’s talent show. From 1948to 1954, the Orioles cut 121 sides for the Natural and Jubilee labels, including such vocal-group classics as “I Need You So” and “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me.” Musichistorian Greil Marcus has likened the Orioles’ debut single, “It’s Too Soon to Know,” to Elvis Presley’s “That’s All Right (Mama),” “Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved a Man (theI Love You)” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” in that it came out of nowhere: “a shock...a sound that was stylistically confusing and emotionally undeniable.” The song was written by their manager, Deborah Chessler, who also penned “Forgive and Forget,” a Top Five R&B hit.While the Orioles’ singles fared well on the R&B charts, orchestrated covers by white pop singers tended to be the versions that made the pop charts - with the notable exception of “It’s Too Soon to Know” and “Crying in the Chapel,” which reached #11 and #13, respectively. (A decade later, Elvis Presley covered “Crying in the Chapel”in a version faithful to the Orioles for his gospel album How Great Thou Art.) “It’sToo Soon to Know,” which went to #1 on Billboard’s R&B and Jukebox charts and #2 onthe Best Seller chart, was a watershed recording in the history of American vocal-group music.The Orioles’ breakthrough triggered the formation of more vocal groups who sang ina similar style and also adapted bird names. Among them were the Penguins, theFlamingos, the Falcons and the Robins (later the Coasters. At the height of theOrioles’ popularity, an automobile accident in 1950 claimed the life of one member(Tommy Gaither) and seriously injured two others (George Nelson and Johnny Reed). Nelson left the group shortly thereafter, and he and Gaither were replaced byGregory Carroll and Ralph Williams, respectively. The reconstituted lineup hadsome of their biggest hits over the next few years, including “Baby Please Don’t Go” (1952) and “Crying in the Chapel” (1953).Albert "Diz" Russell had landed in New York in 1951 with his vocal group The Four Jays. They would sleep on the docks at night, while during the day making therounds to club talent buyers and booking agents. They met jazz singer Eddie Jefferson, who introduced them to Duke Ellington in one memorable Brill Building mee

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