“A Little Bit Of Soap” Performed By The Jarmels (1961)


A Little Bit of Soap – The Jarmels (1961) R&B #7, Pop #12

Richmond, Virginia’s Nathaniel Ruff , Ray Smith, Paul Burnett,  Earl Christian and Tom Eldridge had been singing together in church and school. As a group, The Jarmels were signed to Laurie Records and their second single, “A Little Bit of Soap” composed by Bert Berns, was the hit that added them to the list of National One-Hit Wonders. 😉

Their first single, “Little Lonely One,” was a hit in New York only and their singles after “Soap” never charted.

Trivia: The Jarmel’s later membership included Richmond born Major Harris, who subsequently became part of the Delfonics and had a solo career as well peaking with the #1 smash “Love Won’t Let Me Wait.”

According to WIKI:

“Ray Smith, the only surviving original member, continues to tour as of September 2008 with four new members as the Jarmels.”

Here is a recently upload performance found on YouTube. Enjoy.

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  1. […] TRIVIA:  The Exciters covered  “A Little Bit of Soap” – The Jarmels “Wonderful One Hit”  as previously posted here. Published […]

  2. Where or how can I download this song and others like it on the Web?
    Hi Jrob,

    I was fortunate enough to have grown up with two wonderful parents who were music lovers, I have inherited most of their collections — plus the fact that I started my own collection of music as a pre-teen by spending my allowance every Tuesday at the local record store 😉

    For the items that I don’t have or have only on vinyl and want to hear immediately without taking the time to digitize — I go to Amazon where singles are generally 99 cents or less.

    For instance here is the original(and others) of “A Little Bit of Soap”

    Perhaps some of the other readers have more ideas they would share with you here.

    Best of luck and I am glad you checked in on how to keep this wonderful music alive!

    Musically Yours,

    • Thank you so very much.


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