The Jarmels Biography (Wikipedia)
The Jarmels are an American doo wop/rhythm and blues group officially formed in 1959 in Richmond, Virginia. They were composed of Nathaniel Ruff (1939 – 1990s), Paul Burnett (1946 – March 23, 2001), Ray Smith (born 1941), Earl Christian (1940 – 1960s), and Tom Eldridge (1941 – June 19, 2000). They are best known for their only hit single, "A Little Bit of Soap".
They met while attending Armstrong High School and while some sang at nearby Mount Olivet Baptist Church (Richmond, Virginia) services. In 1957 they initially named themselves The Cherokees, "because we liked the name," said Smith — the last surviving member, through and including January 8, 2011.
The start of their big break came in 1960 when, attending a local (Richmond) venue where Ben E. King was appearing, and they met him. King invited them to travel to New York and meet with various record companies, including Laurie Records. Marking the first African American group that Laurie had signed, the Cherokees impressed Laurie after auditioning with King's signature song, "Stand By Me". The group, now called The Jarmels, was renamed after a street in Harlem, New York.
The Jarmels Tracks