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  The Orioles - Discography

By Marv Goldberg


© 1999 by Marv Goldberg



PART 1 - BY RECORD NUMBER
NOTE: Includes Sonny Til solos and duets with Edna McGriff.


IT'S A NATURAL
5000 It's Too Soon To Know /Barbra Lee - 7/48

JUBILEE
5000 It's Too Soon To Know /Barbra Lee - 10/48
5001 (It's Gonna Be A) Lonely Xmas /To Be To You - 11/48
5001 Dare To Dream /To Be To You - 1/49
5002 Please Give My Heart A Break /It Seems So Long Ago - 2/49
5005 Tell Me So /Deacon Jones - 4/49
5008 I Challenge Your Kiss /Donkey Serenade (lead: George Nelson) - 6/49
5009 A Kiss And A Rose /It's A Cold Summer - 8/49
5016 Forgive And Forget /So Much - 10/49
5017 (It's Gonna Be A) Lonely Xmas/What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - 11/49
5018 Would You Still Be The One In My Heart?/Is My Heart Wasting Time? - 1/50
5025 At Night/Every Dog-Gone Time - 3/50
5026 Moonlight/I Wonder When - 5/50
5028 You're Gone/Everything They Said Came True - 6/50
5031 We're Supposed To Be Through /I'd Rather Have You Under The Moon - 8/50
5037 I Need You So/Goodnight Irene - 9/50
5040 Can't Seem To Laugh Any More/I Cross My Fingers - 10/50
5045 Oh Holy Night /The Lord's Prayer - 11/50
5051 I Miss You So/You Are My First Love - 1/51
5055 Pal Of Mine/Happy Go Lucky Local Blues - 4/51
5057 Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)/When You're A Long, Long Way From Home - 5/51
5060 My Prayer/ I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody) (solos) - 8/51
5061 I'm Just A Fool In Love/ Hold Me Squeeze Me (Hold Me Tight) - 8/51
5065 Don't Tell Her What's Happened To Me/Baby, Please Don't Go - 10/51
5066 Fool's World/For All We Know (solos) - 10/51
5071 How Blind Can You Be/When You're Not Around - 12/51
5074 Trust In Me/Shrimp Boats - 2/52
5076 You Never Cared For Me/Proud Of You (solos, but label says 'Orioles' ) - 3/52
5082 It's Over Because We're Through/Waiting - 4/52
5084 Barfly/Gettin' Tired, Tired, Tired - 5/52
5090 Once In A While/I Only Have Eyes For You (Edna McGriff & Sonny Til) - 7/52
5092 Don't Cry Baby/See See Rider - 8/52
5099 Good/Piccadilly (Edna McGriff & Sonny Til) - 10/52
5102 You Belong To Me/I Don't Want To Take A Chance - 11/52
5107 I Miss You So/Till Then - 1/53
5108 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me/Teardrops On My Pillow - 2/53
5112 Lonely Wine/Have You Heard (solos) - 2/53
5115 Bad Little Girl/Dem Days (Are Gone Forever) - 3/53
5118 (Danger) Soft Shoulders/Congratulations To Someone (solos) - 6/53
5120 I Cover The Waterfront/One More Time - 6/53
5122 Crying In The Chapel/Don't You Think I Ought To Know - 7/53
5127 In The Mission Of St Augustine/Write And Tell Me Why - 9/53
5134 There's No One But You/Robe Of Calvary - 1/54
5137 Don't Go To Strangers/Secret Love - 2/54
5143 Maybe You'll Be There/Drowning Every Hope I Ever Had - 5/54
5154 In The Chapel In The Moonlight/Thank The Lord! Thank The Lord! - 7/54
5161 If You Believe/Longing - 10/54

JUBILEE EP
5000 It's Too Soon To Know/Tell Me So//At Night/Forgive And Forget - 11/54

JUBILEE
5172 Runaround/Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep - 11/54
5177 I Love You Mostly/Fair Exchange - 1/55
5189 I Need You Baby/That's When The Good Lord Will Smile - 3/55
5221 Please Sing My Blues Tonight/Moody Over You - 10/55
5231 Don't Go To Strangers/Angel - 1/56

VEE-JAY
196 Happy Till The Letter/I Just Got Lucky (lead: Diz Russell) - 5/56
228 For All We Know/Never Leave Me Baby - 11/56
244 Didn't I Say/Sugar Girl (lead: Paul Griffin) - 4/57

EVERLAST (the Kings And Queens [Orioles and Delltones])
5003 Voices Of Love (lead: Della Simpson)/ I'm So Lonely (lead: Della Simpson) - ca. 11/57

ROULETTE
4079 Shy/First Blush (solos) - 5/58

ABNER (subsidiary of Vee-Jay)
1016 Didn't I Say/Sugar Girl (lead: Paul Griffin) - 8/58

JUBILEE
5363 Tell Me So/At Night ("Orioles" are a chorus) - 2/59
6001 Crying In The Chapel/Forgive And Forget ("Orioles" are a chorus) - 9/59
5384 The First Of Summer/Come On Home ("Orioles" are the Helen Way Singers) - 2/60
5394 Night And Day/Shimmy Time (with an unknown group, but only credited to Sonny Til) - 9/60

VEE-JAY
VJLP-1021 Teen Delights - 8/60
            Contains the previously-unreleased "Live It Up" (lead: Diz Russell)

CHARLIE PARKER
211 Secret Love/The Wobble - 10/62
212 In The Chapel In The Moonlight/Hey! Little Woman - 10/62
213 Lonely Christmas/Back To The Chapel Again - 11/62
214 What Are You Doing New Year's Eve/Don't Mess Around With My Love - 11/62
215 It's Too Soon To Know/I Miss You So - 1/63
216 Don't Tell Her What Happened To Me/Write And Tell Me Why - 1/63
219 I Miss You So/ Hey! Little Woman - 2/63

      All of the above appeared on Modern Sounds Of The Orioles Greatest Hits (Charlie Parker LP 816, 1962).
      The album was re-released in 1969 as The Orioles Greatest Hits, on Big A (SBA 2001)

DADE
5002 Open Up Your Heart/Someone Up And Told Me - 4/63

      "Open Up Your Heart," by "Sonny & Virgil," should have read "Sonny & Vergie."
      "Someone Up And Told Me" was a solo, but the label copy said "Sonny Till."

LANA
109 What Are You Doing New Year's Eve/Crying In The Chapel - 12/64

      (Although master numbers indicate that "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" is the
      Charlie Parker cut and "Crying In The Chapel" is the late Jubilee recording, both sides
      were actually cut for the Sutton Brothers in December 1964.)

RCA VICTOR (these are all solos)
47-9733 You're All I Need/After - 1969
47-9759 Tears And Misery/I Better Leave Love Alone - 1969
45-236 One Big Unhappy Family (one-sided DJ only) - 1970
45-247 What Are You Doing New Year's Eve (one-sided DJ only) - 1970

CLOWN (solos, with female chorus)
3061 No Not For Her/I Gave It All Up - 1970

RCA VICTOR (all sides only credit Sonny Til, even those with a group)
74-0390 One Big Unhappy Family/Don't Feel No Pain - 1970
74-0432 Colours/Love Is What It's All About (solos) - 1971
74-0529 Till Then/Love Or Desire (both sides with Orioles) - 1971
74-0606 Crying In The Chapel (with Orioles)/What Are You Doing New Year's Eve (solo) - 12/71

LP4451 Sonny Til Returns - 1970
      Colours; What Are You Doing New Year's Eve; I Better Leave Love Alone; One Big Unhappy Family; Love Is What It's All About;
      Life Won't Be The Same (Without You); After; Tears And Misery; You're All I Need; Don't Feel No Pain; Gettin' It Together

LP4538 Sonny Til and the Orioles - Old Gold/New Gold - 1971
      Crying In The Chapel; It's Too Soon To Know; Back To The Chapel Again; You Are My First Love; 'Til Then;
      I'll Be Satisfied; Love Or Desire; Memories, That's All; What You See Is What You Get; I Thought About You

HARLEM SOUND (Charlie Parker cuts)
1001 What Are You Doing New Year's Eve/Lonely Christmas - early 70s

US AIR FORCE
RAD-71 The United States Air Force Presents: Find Yourself A Star - 71

      Sonny Til does 60-second and 30-second promos for the U.S. Air Force. Others promos on the disc were
      done by Glen Campbell; Bobbi Martin; Tommy James; Labelle; and Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds.

VIRGO (Jubilee masters)
6017 Crying In The Chapel/What Are You Doing New Year's Eve - 9/72
6028 It's Too Soon To Know/Tell Me So (humming version) - 3/73

GOLDIES 45 (distributed by ABC-Dunhill; Jubilee masters)
D2503 It's Too Soon To Know/Barbra Lee - 1973
D2565 Crying In The Chapel/Don't You Think I Ought To Know - 1973

BROADCAST (all recorded on 12/10/64)
1139 Somewhere Over The Rainbow/Secret Love - ca. 1975
1140 It's Too Soon To Know/Further Up The Road - ca. 1975

DOBRE
LP1016 Sonny Til and the Orioles - Today - 1978
      Crying In The Chapel; Chapel In The Moonlight; Baby Please Don't Go; It's Too Soon To Know; I Miss You So;
      C. C. Rider; Tell Me So; Masquerade; Secret Love

LP1026 Sonny Til - Back To The Chapel (all solos) - 1979
      What Love Is All About; What Kind Of People Are We; Make It Easy On Yourself; What You See Is What You Get;
      Lonesome Mood; Feelings; Hot To Trot; Back To The Chapel

IVORY
IV-400 Sonny Til & The Orioles Visit Manhattan Circa 1950s - 1981
      Manhattan; I Don't Believe In Tomorrow; Taking My Chance With You; I Had The Craziest Dream; Rose Ann Of Charing Cross;
      May That Day Never Come; Together; Skylark; Magic Moon; Gee I Wish; Walkin' By The River; Needless; What Do You Know About Love;
      Are You Looking For A Sweetheart

RED LIGHTNIN' (1960s Herb Abramson masters)
RL0065 Boss Vocal Groups of the 60s - 86
         So Long (Sonny Til with an unknown group; recorded for Herb Abramson on 8/24/60)
         Night And Day (same notes as prior song; this is the same cut that appeared on Jubilee 5394)
         Sincerely (the Orioles; recorded 7/20/62)
         Some Of This, Some Of That (the Orioles; recorded 7/20/62)

             (other songs on the LP were by the Ravens, the Clovers, and the Universals)



PART 2 - BY SESSION (JUBILEE AND VEE-JAY ONLY)
Both master and single record number are given.
(Includes Sonny Til solos and duets with Edna McGriff.)
Some masters no longer exist (indicated as "LOST").


          TITLE                                     MASTER #      SINGLE #

    July, 1948 (all are Jubilee sessions until 1956)
          At Night                                   JR149          5025
          Barbra Lee                                 JR150          5000
          It's Too Soon To Know                      JR151          5000
          Exactly Like You                           JR152          LOST
          Tell Me So (HUMMING BRIDGE VERSION)        JR153          Not on single
          I Cover The Waterfront                     JR154          5120

    Fall, 1948
          Two Party Line                             JR158          LOST
          Lazy River Rolls By                        JR159          LOST
          (UNKNOWN TITLE)                            JR160          LOST
          I'm Losing Something I Never Had           JR161          LOST
          To Be To You                               JR162          5001, 5001A
          It Seems So Long Ago                       JR163          5002
          (It's Gonna Be A) Lonely Xmas              JR164          5001, 5017
          Deacon Jones                               JR165          5005
          Please Give My Heart A Break               JR170          5002
          Tell Me So (NORMAL BRIDGE VERSION)         JR171          5005
          Dare To Dream                              JR172          5001, 5001A

    Spring, 1949
          Moonlight                                  JR173          5026
          Every Dog-Gone Time                        JR174          5025
          You're Gone                                JR175          5028
          Donkey Serenade                            JR176          5008
          It's A Cold Summer                         JR177          5009
          Is My Heart Wasting Time?                  JR199          5018
          (UNKNOWN TITLE)                            -----          LOST
          I Challenge Your Kiss                      JR201          5008
          A Kiss And A Rose                          JR460          5009

    Sept 25, 1949
          So Much                                    JR601          5016
          Forgive And Forget                         JR602          5016
          What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?         JR603          5017

    Dec 27, 1949
          Would I Still Be The One In Your Heart?    JR610          5018
            (NOTE: mistitled as "Would You Still
            Be The One In My Heart?")

    Feb 17, 1950
          You Are My First Love                      JR660          5051
          If It's To Be                              JR661          UNREL
             (NOTE: intended to be released as 5061,
             but withdrawn)
          I Wonder When                              JR662          5026
          Everything They Said Came True             JR663          5028

    Jun 3, 1950
          I'd Rather Have You Under The Moon         JR900X         5031
          We're Supposed To Be Through               JR901X         5031

    Aug 18, 1950
          I Need You So                              JR960          5037
          Goodnight Irene                            JR961          5037
          I Cross My Fingers                         JR962          5040
          Can't Seem To Laugh Any More               JR963          5040

    Aug 19, 1950
          Walking By The River                       JR964          UNREL
          I Miss You So                              JR965          5051, 5107

    Oct 10, 1950
          Lord's Prayer, The                         JR966          5045
          Oh Holy Night                              JR967          5045

    Dec 20, 1950
          I Had To Leave Town                        JR700          UNREL
             (NOTE: intended to be released as 5061,
              but withdrawn)

    Mar, 1951
          My Prayer (SOLO)                           JR322          5060
          I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody) (SOLO) JR323          5060

    Mar 20, 1951
          Pal Of Mine                                JR343          5055
          Happy Go Lucky Local Blues                 JR344          5055

    Apr 20, 1951
          Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)      JR60011        5057
          When You're A Long, Long Way From Home     JR60012        5057

    Jul 24, 1951
          I'm Just A Fool In Love                    JR450          5061
          Barfly                                     JR451          5084
          Hold Me Squeeze Me (Hold Me Tight)         JR452          5061

    Sep 6, 1951
          Baby, Please Don't Go                      JR25001        5065
          Don't Tell Her What's Happened To Me       JR25002        5065
          I May Be Wrong                             JR25003        UNREL

    Sep 21, 1951
          Fool's World (SOLO)                        JR26000        5066
          You Never Cared For Me (SOLO)              JR26001        5076
          For All We Know (SOLO)                     JR26002        5066
          Blame It On Yourself (SOLO)                JR26003        UNREL

    Nov 28, 1951
          How Blind Can You Be                       JR28013        5071
          When You're Not Around                     JR28014        5071
          Waiting                                    JR28023        5082
          My Loved One                               JR28024        UNREL

    Jan 10, 1952
          Shrimp Boats                               JR28025        5074
          Trust In Me                                JR28026        5074
          A Scandal                                  JR28027        UNREL
          (THIS MASTER WAS BY BUDDY LUCAS)           JR28028
          It's Over Because We're Through            JR28029        5082
          It Ain't Gonna Be Like That                JR28030        UNREL
          (THIS MASTER WAS BY BUDDY LUCAS)           JR28031

    Jan 17, 1952
          Gettin' Tired, Tired, Tired                JR28032        5084
          Pretty, Pretty Rain                        JR28033        UNREL
          Why Did You Go                             JR28034        UNREL
          This I'll Do My Darling (SOLO)             JR28035        UNREL
          Proud Of You (SOLO)                        JR28036        5076

    Mar 11, 1952
          No Other Love (SOLO)                       JR28037        UNREL
          The Night Has Come (SOLO)                  JR28038        UNREL
          (THIS MASTER WAS BY REUBEN PHILLIPS)       JR28039

    Mar 12, 1952
          Don't Stop                                 JR28040        UNREL
          I Promise You                              JR28041        UNREL
          My Baby's Gonna Get It                     JR28042        UNREL
          Baby, I Love You So                        JR28043        UNREL
          Once Upon A Time                           JR28044        UNREL

    Apr 1, 1952
          I Don't Want To Take A Chance              JR-1-108       5102
          Wanted                                     JR-1-108a      UNREL
          I'm Beginning To Think You Care For Me     JR-1-108b      UNREL
          Yes Indeed (ORIOLES BACKING MOMS MABLEY)   JR-1-108c      UNREL
          Don't Keep It To Yourself                  JR-1-108d      UNREL

    Jun 11, 1952 (all Sonny Til/Edna McGriff duets)
          I Only Have Eyes For You                   JR28087        5090
          Once In A While                            JR28088        5090
          Good                                       JR29012        5099
          Piccadilly                                 JR29013        5099
          That's How I Feel Without You              JR29014        UNREL
          Love Birds                                 JR29015        UNREL

    Jul 8, 1952
          Don't Cry Baby                             JR23001        5092
          See See Rider                              JR23002        5092
          Till Then (renumbered as master JB 1-125)  JR23003        5107

    Aug 25, 1952
          Feeling Low                                JR23012        UNREL
          Good Looking Baby                          JR23013        UNREL
          Along About Sundown                        JR23014        UNREL

    Oct 9, 1952
          You Belong To Me                           JB 1-109       5102

    Dec 31, 1952
          Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me                JB 1-128       5108
          Teardrops On My Pillow                     JB 1-129       5108

    Feb, 1953
          Congratulations To Someone (SOLO)          JB 1-138       5118
          (Danger) Soft Shoulders (SOLO)             JB 1-139       5118
          Have You Heard (SOLO)                      JB 1-140       5112
          Lonely Wine (SOLO)                         JB 1-141       5112

    Spring, 1953
          Bad Little Girl                            JB 1-160       5115
          (UNKNOWN TITLE)                            JB 1-161       LOST
          Dem Days (Are Gone Forever)                JB 1-162       5115
          One More Time                              JB 1-163       5120

    Jun 30, 1953
          Crying In The Chapel                       JB 1-214       5122
          Don't You Think I Ought To Know            JB 1-215       5122
          Maybe You'll Be There                      JB 1-292       5143
          Drowning Every Hope I Ever Had             JB 1-293       5143

    Aug 4, 1953
          In The Mission Of St Augustine             --------       UNREL
          Write And Tell Me Why                      --------       UNREL

    Sep 11, 1953
          In The Mission Of St Augustine             JB 1-224       5127
          Write And Tell Me Why                      JB 1-225       5127

    Dec, 1953
          Robe Of Calvary                            JB 1-260       5134
          There's No One But You                     JB 1-261       5134

    Jan 29, 1954
          Don't Go To Strangers                      JB 1-270       5137, 5231
          Secret Love                                JB 1-271       5137

    Jun 29, 1954
          In The Chapel In The Moonlight             JB 318         5154
          Thank The Lord! Thank The Lord!            JB 319         5154

    Sep 1, 1954
          Longing                                    JB 330         5161
          If You Believe                             JB 331         5161
          That's When The Good Lord Will Smile       JB 378         5189

    Oct 15, 1954
          Runaround                                  JB 342         5172
          Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep      JB 343         5172

    Dec 22, 1954
          Fair Exchange                              JB 351         5177
          I Love You Mostly                          JB 352         5177

    Feb, 1955
          I Need You Baby                            JB 377         5189

    Mar 16, 1955
          Moody Over You                             JB 435         5221
          Please Sing My Blues Tonight               JB 436         5221
          Cigareetos                                 JB 514         UNREL
          Sitting Here                               JB 515         UNREL
          Bring The Money Home                       JB 516         UNREL

    Oct 6, 1955
          Angel                                      JB 455         5231
          Don't Cry                                  ------         UNREL
          Sure Fire                                  ------         UNREL
          Danger                                     ------         UNREL

    May 1956 (VEE-JAY MASTERS)
          Happy Till The Letter                      56-458         196
          Didn't I Say                               56-459         244
          I Just Got Lucky                           56-460         196
          Sugar Girl                                 56-461         244

    October 1956 (VEE-JAY MASTERS)
          Fools Will Be Fools                        56-567         UNREL
          Live It Up                                 56-568         VJLP1021
          For All We Know                            56-569         228
          Never Leave Me Baby                        56-570         228

    Jan 29, 1959 (JUBILEE MASTERS)
          Crying In The Chapel                       11571          6001
          Tell Me So                                 11572          5363
          At Night                                   11573          5363
          Forgive And Forget                         11574          6001

    Jan 27, 1960 (JUBILEE MASTERS)
          Come On Home                               11748          5384
          The First Of Summer                        11749          5384
          Panama Joe                                 11750          UNREL

    Aug 24, 1960  (HERB ABRAMSON MASTERS, LEASED TO JUBILEE)
          Night And Day (with unknown group)         11812          5394
          Shimmy Time (with unknown group)           11813          5394
          So Long (with unknown group)               11814          UNREL



Special thanks to Ferdie Gonzalez, for his discographical work.

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