Gems Groups

Gems (Illinois)

– Deed I Do/ Talk About The Weather, ’54 (Drexel 901)

– I Thought You’d Care/ Kitty From New York City, ’54 (Drexel 903)

– You’re Tired Of Love/ Ol’ Man River, ’54 (Drexel 904)

– One Woman Man/ The Darkest Night, ’56 (Drexel 909)

– Till The Day I Die/ Monkey Face Baby, ’57 (Drexel 915)

(The book’s listings are correct.)


Gems (Illinois)/Ray Pettis Solo

– Please Tell Me When/ Ow, You’re So Fine, ’56 (Drexel 908) (Not in book.)

– Ow’ You’re So Fine/ Please Tell Me When, ’73 (Broadcast 995) (No scans found.)

– I Can’t Believe (aka Please Tell Me When)/ Ow’ You’re So Fine, ’75 (Drexel 900-Bootleg #) (This release has a group overdub.  No scans found.)


Group is from (Evanston, Illinois.)  Gms: Bobby ‘Pee Wee’ Robinson, David ‘Moose’ Taylor, Wilson James, Rip Reed & Ray Pettis.  See for more info about the group and their releases.



Gems (Philadelphia Label) – I Never Dreamed/ That’s The Groovy Thing, ’55 (20th Century 5037)

Book listed separately from other ‘Gems’ groups.  Male group.)



Gems (NY-Recorte) – Waiting/ Please Change Your Mind, ’58 (Recorte 407)



Gems (NYC-Win) – Nursery Rhymes/ The Night Is Over, ’58 (Win 701)

(According to youtube comments, this is a white group.)



Gems (Instrumental Group) – Hippy Dippy/ Crazy Chicken, ’61 (Mercury 71819) {I}

(The group from Walla Walla WA is a different instrumental group.)



Gems (NYC-Pat Records) – There’s No One Like My Love/ School Rock, ’61 (Pat 101) (Scans found.)



Gems (Walla Walla WA)

– Slave-Girl/ Hernando’s Hideaway, ’61 (Uptown 1001) {I} (Not in book.)

– Cry About Your Baby/ Shout, ’62? (Lavender 1941)

(Not in book.  Have not heard either side.)

– Punchappy/ Bread ‘N Butter Twist, ’62? (Virgelle 711) {I}

(Virgelle label spelling and A-side correction.  Book dated 1961 and did not list b-side.)

The group listing can be found at



Gems (New York City) (Pearl Woods & The)

– I’ll Be A Crybaby (From Now On)/ Think Of Poor Me, ’62 (Wall 551)

– One More Time/ Sloppin’, ’62 (Wall 552)


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