The Lovettes (2) aka The Gems (5)
The Lovettes (2) (Chicago)
aka The Gems (5)
Jessica Collins (Lead)
Raynard Miner (Pianist)
1962 - One More Year / The Crush (Checker 1033)
1962 - Hands Off / A Love of Mine (Checker 1053)
1962 - Two Lovers (Checker)
The Gems' career began for Leonard and Phil Chess' Chess/Checker/Cadet setup as the Lovettes (no connection to the Lovettes on Carnival Records). Marshall High School students cut two unsuccessful singles on Checker Records.
Blind pianist/writer Raynard Miner was the secret Gem, and he and Billy "Roquel" Davis, either together or in other combinations, supplied nearly all their material.Roquel was Chess' A&R director, but despite his clout, the Gems never charted high or established a significant career. Miner accompanied them on piano, but not at all of their performances.
1964 - The Gems
These five beautiful girls couldn't help but wow the audience with their singing and looks; their most successful record was "I Can't Help Myself."Roquel renamed the Lovettes the Gems and switched them to Chess Records.
Crush / One More Year A Love Of Mine
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