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B. Bomb Baby: The Jewels [1956]

Another tune comparing a woman to an explosive device, this rousing R&B tune extols the simple virtues of the song narrator's "B. Bomb Baby."

The Jewels 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. The fifth member, whose name is not known, is the lead vocalist on B. Bomb Baby. Torrence later went on perform in a group called The Pentagons.

LYRICS/TRANSCRIPTION:
B. Bomb Baby: The Jewels [1956]

Heard about the H-bomb
You heard about the B-bomb
But I got a baby
Call her the B-bomb

Background:
(B-Bomb baby)

My B-bomb baby, yeah, hey baby
My B-bomb ba-aa-aa-aa-aa-ay

Background changes to:

(Oo-oo-oo-oo)

I love my baby with all my heart
My B-bomb baby, and I would never part
My B-bomb baby, yeah, hey baby
My B-bomb ba-aa-aa-aa-aa-ay

(Oo-oo-oo-oo)

She not too short, she not too tall
My B-bomb baby tops them all
My B-bomb baby, yeah, hey baby
My B-bomb ba-aa-aa-aa-aa-ay

(Oo-oo-oo-oo)

She not too short, she not too tall
My B-bomb baby tops them all
My B-bomb baby, woo-oo-oo-oo baby
My B-bomb ba-aa-aa-aa-aa-ay

(Oo-oo-oo-oo)

The Jewels [1956]
B. Bomb Baby
(Johnny Torrence)
RPM 474


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