Monday, October 4, 2010

The Orioles

Established as a vocal group years before the baseball team came to Baltimore, The Orioles are a sonic reference point of long-standing tradition. Established in the 1950's, they went from singing on street corners to getting immortalized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and developed a harmonizing style that would later come to be known as doo wop. Now, 60 years later, they’re still with us – and still singing. In this production, we pay a visit to the surviving members of The Orioles – Diz Russell, Raymond Allen Jr, David Warren, and Clark Walker – and we learn about the magic of: “Hey-dah-nee-ding-dong-a-lang-a-lang-a-whoa-whoa-whoa-zip-sha-boom!”

For this production I once again collaborated with Aaron Henkin of WYPR and Cliff Murphy of the Maryland State Arts Council and Maryland Traditions. This is the third project we've done together, with more to come. What a privilege to work with such amazing folks!

Here's the incredible radio piece, and more links to the expanded story at The Signal.