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The Orioles
Formed: 1948 in Baltimore, MD
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Disbanded: 1954
Genre: R&B
Group Members: Ralph Williams, Sonny Til, Gregory Carrol, Tommy Gaither, Alexander Sharp, Johnny Reed, George Nelson
Biography: 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 ...Read full biography
The Cadillacs Meet the Orioles
Released: 1961
Label: Collectables
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A classic doo-wop album featuring one group well known for novelty tracks and another that was among the earliest creators of the genre. Some wonderful jump tunes, silly songs, and romantic ballads. ~ ...Read full review
Solo Featuring Edna McGriff
Released: 1995
Label: Sequel
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Sonny Til, erstwhile lead singer for the Orioles, recorded these solo and duet sides for Jubilee between 1951-1953 and in 1960. The earliest recordings are performed in a recital style with only a piano ...Read full review
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