On January 12, 1995, in a ceremony in New York City's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the Orioles were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. It's probable that most of the audience [record company executives for the most part], never heard of the Orioles or knew of their contribution to the music. And what was that contribution? The Orioles literally inspired an entire generation of black singers. Their heirs then went on to take Rhythm and Blues (a black music genre) and transform it into Rock And Roll. In other words, this (nowadays) obscure group from Baltimore is the reason that the Hall Of Fame exists today. Period. Whether it's realized or accepted is unimportant. The Orioles, while certainly not the first practitioners of their art, were the first to make it big, very big. This is going to be a great visit into music history.
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