While the concept of the black vocal group was certainly nothing new in 1948, an R&B group that could cross over onto the pop chart with a sizeable hit was still a rarity. The Orioles reached #13 on the pop chart that year with their recording of "It's Too Soon To Know", and in doing so blazed a trail for all the other R&B stars who would soon follow. Songwriter Frank Loesser had written "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" in 1947, but the Orioles were the first to have a hit recording of it in 1949, reaching #9 on the R&B chart (a position it still held on January 7, 1950). Lead vocalist Sonny Til's typically beautiful vocal delivers most of the lyric, with George Nelson taking the lead in the second half. Tragically, guitarist Tommy Gaither would be killed in an automobile accident later that year (which would also seriously injure George Nelson and Johnny Reed) while the group were on tour in November 1950.