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Shirley Reingold, manager of vocal group The Orioles
Shirley Reingold, manager of vocal group The Orioles

Shirley Reingold, who managed the early R&B vocal group The Orioles and wrote their 1948 hit song "It's Too Soon to Know," died of heart disease Oct. 10 at Aventura Hospital in Aventura, Fla. The native Baltimorean was 89. She was known professionally as Deborah Chessler. In an interview with music historian Paul Horner, she said that she and her mother, Irene, were in New York when a young man proposed to her. The idea of marriage caught her off-guard, and in talking to her mother in a room at the Hotel Forrest, she said, "It's too soon, it's too soon to know." The encounter led her to write down her thoughts —on bathroom tissue. The...

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