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Jewel Akens

  • Birth 12 Sep 1933 Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
  • Death 1 Mar 2013 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Garden of Chimes Mausoleum, Building G, crypt #52-F
  • Memorial ID 106125981

Singer. He will be best remembered for his 1965 hit "The Birds And The Bees". After moving with his family to Los Angeles at the age of nine, he began performing as a vocalist at his local church. At the age of eighteen, he joined his first ensemble The The Four Dots whom recorded a number of singles in 1959. They will probably be best known for featuring Eddie Cochran's guitar work on some of their tracks. After they disbanded, Akens landed a contract with the Era label and recorded the singles "Boom A Lay" (1964) and "Hide and Seek" (1964) as lead vocalist with a group called the Turnarounds. His recording of "The Birds And The Bees" marked the high point of his career as it reached number three on the US Pop-Charts in 1965. This was followed by an association with The Monkees as an opening act during their tours. During the 1970s, Akens turned to producing and yielded the Little Johnny Taylor and Ted Taylor album "The Super Taylors" (1973). Akens also remained an active performer. He died of complications from back surgery.

Bio by: C.S.





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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 3 Mar 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 106125981
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jewel Akens (12 Sep 1933–1 Mar 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 106125981, citing Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .