The Orioles were a successful and influential American R&B group of the late 1940s and early 1950s, one of the earliest such vocal groups who established the basic pattern for the doo-wop sound.
The Orioles are generally acknowledged as R&Bâ€™s first vocal group. Baltimore natives, they blended rhythm with group harmonies. Dubbing themselves after Marylandâ€™s state bird, the Orioles started the trend of bird groups. They brought their winning formula to their first charted hit "Itâ€™s Too Soon To Know"; a #1 record in November 1948, soon followed by the groupâ€™s second hit, " Lonely Christmas", in December that same year.