Group Harmony. The Black Urban Roots of Rhythm & Blues - Stuart L. Goosman
In 1948 the Orioles recorded "It's Too Soon To Know". Combining the sound of gospel, blues and Tin Pan Alley they saw their hit reach #13 in the pop charts, introducing the nation to vocal R&B and paving the way for some of the most successful groups of the 1950s. This book chronicles the Orioles' story and other black vocal groups in the post war period. Focusing particularly on Baltimore and Washington and drawing significantly from oral histories, the author details the emergence of vocal R&B groups from black urban neighbourhoods (deleted collectable paperback, new).