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

March 16, 2009


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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 Jrob April 12, 2009 at 11:52 am

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,


2 Jackie April 23, 2009 at 2:02 am

I enjoyed listening to that so much! I still revel in finding the older or original versions of songs which have been covered.


3 Zyrieen July 5, 2011 at 9:39 am

Unfortunately, although I’d love to have this music (I’ve spent the last two days searching), I can’t find anywhere to download it! SonDan I tried your recommendation, but as I live in Australia I’m unable to use it :( But, where else am I supposed to get it…?
I have the answer.
With a little piracy, if I download a video of the song from, say, YouTube, then using audio editing software Audacity with ffmpeg libraries installed, I can rip the audio from the video – tah-dah!
(When there’s no other option available only. Like when you’ve spent days (or years) searching for something.)


4 Jrob April 16, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Thank you so very much.



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