Formed in Richmond, Virginia, USA, by Nathaniel Ruff (1939), Ray Smith (b. 1941), Paul Burnett (b. 1942), Earl Christian (b. 1940) and Tom Eldridge (b. 1941). They scored a major chart entry in 1961 with A Little Bit Of Soap, a song that retained an enduring appeal when composer Bert Berns recorded further versions with the Exciters and deep soul singer Garnet Mimms. British rock n roll revivalists Showaddywaddy later took this favoured composition into the UK Top 5 in 1978. Despite appearances to the contrary, the Jarmels continued to record, although they were never able to recapture that early success. A later version of the group featured singer Major Harris, who subsequently joined the Delfonics prior to launching his solo career.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.