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Diz Russell of Sonny Til's Orioles

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Published on Jul 9, 2011

Vocalist Albert "Diz" Russell of Sonny Til's Orioles talks about Duke Ellington, the history of doo-wop, and the birth of rock and roll.

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, the Orioles have been called "the first R&B vocal group." They performed during the first week of the Festival. To find out more about them, http://www.festival.si.edu/2011/Rhyth..., click here.

Video shot by David Barnes and John Wetmore, edited by Harry Kidd. [Catalog No. - CFV10359; Copyright - 2011 Smithsonian Institution]

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