The Jarmels

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": doo wop pop 50s oldies male vocalists rock soul rhythm and blues 60s vocal harmonies Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s
Links online: Wikipedia


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.

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