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The Orioles 1947-55 (2-CD)

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​(2004/Acrobat) 52 songs. more

The Orioles: 1947-55 (2-CD)

​(2004/Acrobat) 52 songs.

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  • Interpret: The Orioles

  • Album titlle: 1947-55 (2-CD)

  • Label ACROBAT

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 2004
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0824046500023

  • weight in Kg 0.12
Orioles, The - 1947-55 (2-CD) CD 1
01 It'S Too Soon To Know
02 Barbra Lee
03 (It's Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas
04 Tell Me So
05 Deacon Jones
06 A Kiss And A Rose
07 I Challenge Your Kiss
08 Forgive And Forget
09 What Are You Doing New Years Eve
10 I Cover The Waterfront
11 Every Dog-Gone Time
12 If It's To Be
13 I'd Rather Have You Under The Moon
14 I Need You So
15 Good Night Irene
16 I Cross My Fingers
17 Walking By The River
18 I Miss You So
19 Happy Go Lucky Local Blues
20 Would I Love You
21 Hold Me! Squeeze Me!
22 Baby Please Don't Go
23 For All We Know
24 How Blind Can You Be
25 i May Be Wrong
26 Blame It On Yourself
Orioles, The - 1947-55 (2-CD) CD 2
01 My Loved One
02 Waiting
03 Barfly
04 A Scandal
05 It Ain't Gonna Be Like That
06 Getting' Tired, Tired, Tired
07 Pretty Pretty Rain
08 Why Did You Go
09 No Other Love
10 The Night Has Come
11 Don't Stop
12 My Baby's Gonna Get It
13 I Only have Eyes For You
14 Once A While
15 Don't Cry Baby
16 See See Rider
17 Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me
18 Bad Little Girl
19 Crying In The Chapel
20 In The Mission Of St. Augustine
21 The Robe Of Calvary
22 Don't Go To The Strangers
23 Secret Love
24 In The Chapel In The Moonlight
25 Fair Exchange
26 I Need You Baby
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Even more than The Ravens' Ol' Man River, The Orioles' It's Too Soon To Know was the flashpoint of the R&B vocal group era. The Orioles appealed strongly to the teenage demographic; Sonny Til's quicksilver lead tenor and good looks elevated him to matinee idol status among his African-American female fans. Countless groups emulated their pristine balladry. They were unmistakably R&B rather than pop. Til was born Earlington Carl Tilghman in Baltimore on August 18, 1925 (he liked Al Jolson's Sonny Boy as a lad, inspiring his nickname). After a wartime stint in the Army, Til started competing in the amateur contests at Baltimore's Avenue Cafe, where he met his future group mates: first tenor Alexander Sharp, second tenor/guitarist Tommy Gaither, baritone George Nelson, and, after Richard Williams came and went, bass singer/bassist Johnny Reed.

That's also where Til met aspiring songwriter Deborah Chessler, who took on their managerial reins. Initially, Til and the guys called themselves The Vibra-Naires; Williams was still with them when they journeyed to New York to compete on 'Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts' in May of '48. They lost out to blind jazz pianist George Shearing, but Godfrey invited them back to perform on his daily radio program. On the strength of some demos, Chessler convinced Jerry Blaine of Jubilee Records to start a new label, It's a Natural, to showcase her group. Before they went into the studio in July of '48 with Reed now installed on the bottom, a name change was in order: they helped kick-start another trend by calling themselves The Orioles (a bird long associated with their hometown).

Chessler handed them a delicate, ultra-slow ballad she'd written, It's Too Soon To Know. Til sang lead in his tremulous tenor, handing off front duties for some of the second stanza to Nelson much the way Bill Kenny made way for Hoppy Jones on The Ink Spots' hits. Instrumentation was sparse: Gaither, Reed, and Sid Bass on all but inaudible piano. Released that same month, It's Too Soon To Know was a sensation, rocketing to the top of the R&B charts that November, making a #13 pop impact, and attracting a raft of covers from everyone from The Ravens and Charioteers to Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald. It was the first of an avalanche of hits for the young group: (It's Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas at year's end was followed by the R&B chart-topper Tell Me So and five more in 1949 alone. All of them hit the racks on Jubilee (as did later pressings of It's Too Soon To Know), Blaine pulling the plug on It's a Natural because it sounded too much like National, where The Ravens, prime competition for The Orioles, did their recording.

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