The Jewels (Originally a gospel group from San Bernardino) were a Los Angeles, California based group that, in 1953 and early 1954, recorded under the name The Marbles on the Lucky label.
The band's line-up was comprised of performers who, with the exception of baritone Vernon Knight (who was added around the time the band changed its name), had 'jubilee'-style gospel music backgrounds.
Johnny Torrence, a tenor, was the band's leader; Rudy Jackson was lead singer; Dee Hawkins (tenor); James Brown (bass). The Jewels were named after group member Rudy Jackson's sister. During their first session for the R&B label the group cut Hearts Of Stone, a song co-written by Jackson (with Eddie Ray).
While The Jewels' recording of the tune sold well on the West Coast, the version released by Otis Williams And The Charms on DeLuxe outsold the Jewels' record everywhere else. In 1955 R&B sold the group's contract to Imperial where they had three releases and then disbanded in 1956.
Torrence, however, formed another incarnation that recorded one single for the RPM label (She's A Flirt/B.Bomb Baby). Not much is known about this version of The Jewels other than the fact that Torrence was in the group along with another tenor named John, a baritone named Sam and a bass named Arthur Wilson
In 1959, Johnny Torrence formed a third Jewels group, consisting of Don Sampson (lead), Johnny Torrence (second tenor), Willie Willingham (bass), Eddie Wilson (tenor), and his brother, Al Wilson (baritone). They recorded "The Wind" (not the Diablos' song) and "Pearlie Mae" for Buck Ram's Antler label.
The Jewels (not to be confused with the girl group of the same name)