Jewel Akens (September 12, 1933 - March 1, 2013) was an R&B/pop singer and record producer who became famous during the mid 1960s. He is best known for the cheery and soulful 1965 smash, "The Birds And The Bees."
Born in Houston, Texas, Akens began his career in the 1950s singing doo-wop with The Medallions and The Four Dots and was one half of the duo, Jewel & Eddie. He then served as lead singer for The Turnarounds before going solo. The group was offered "The Birds And The Bees" but turned it down, so Akens recorded it himself on Era Records.
Akens debuted on the charts in 1965 with "The Birds And The Bees," a Top 5 Pop/Rock hit which also made the R&B Top 40. This smash, which soon after went gold and also became a hit in Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, and the U.K., was followed later that year by "Georgie Porgie" (1965) and "It's The Only Way To Fly" (1965).
Akens toured with The Monkees for the remainder of the 1960s and continued to record, tour, and perform to the early 2010s. His production credits include the critically-acclaimed "The Super Taylors" (1973), a Southern soul duet album by Ted Taylor and Little Johnny Taylor.
- The New York Times remembers Jewel Akens.
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