From the inception of the United States, the American Negro has been on an insidious path of social, culture and collective public and private genocide and emasculation by the American system. The status quo has used intimidation, domination and exploitation to continue the systematic process of emasculation and genocide of the American Negro male.
"Worth Listening to on a Rainy Day"
In 1948, the Orioles, a Baltimore-based vocal group, recorded "It's Too Soon to Know". Combining the sound of Tin Pan Alley with gospel and blues sensibilities, the Orioles saw their first hit reach #13 on the pop charts, thus introducing the nation to vocal rhythm & blues and paving the way for the most successful groups of the 1950s. In the first scholarly treatment of this influential musical genre, Stuart Goosman chronicles the Orioles' story and that of myriad other black vocal groups in the postwar period.