|"The Birds And The Bees"|
"The Birds And The Bees" was a hit by Jewel Akens in the spring of 1965, reaching #2 on the Cash Box singles chart and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: the single also reached #21 on the Billboard Black Singles chart.
"The Birds and the Bees" was released on Era Records for whom Akens had already cut one single fronting doo-wop group the Turnarounds.
Era's owner Herb Newman pitched "The Birds and the Bees" - a song written by his teenage son - to be the Turnarounds' next single.
As Akens was the only group member to favor the song, he recorded it solo in 1964.
Akens worked through four or five different arrangements of the song, considerably honing the work of Newman's son - the completed track would assign songwriting credit to "Barry Stuart".
"The Birds and the Bees" gave Akens a major hit in Australia (#3).