Since I’m no longer reviewing new albums (other than a rare exception I made in September) I can’t fall back on my ‘Album Of The Year’ feature to close out 2010. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t still feature something musical. After all, music is our middle name.
In the early days of doo-wop, it seemed for a while as if every street corner was home to a group named after a bird. The Ravens, the Cardinals, the Swallows and the Larks were all around in those days, but one of the best was a Baltimore-based combo named — you guessed it — the Orioles.
The Orioles included Sonny Til (Earl Tilghman), George Nelson, Alexander Sharp, Johnny Reed, and Tommy Gaither, and it first began to gain some notice in the late 1940s. The group’s most remembered song is probably “It’s Too Soon to Know,” which hit number one on R&B charts and performed a rare crossover by approaching the top ten on pop charts.
The Orioles also had a number one R&B hit with “Tell Me So,” but a few other solid sellers make the group the perfect choice for our holiday post. Those included “(It’s Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas,” and the song below.