Tuesday, March 05, 2013 9:45 am
'Birds and Bees' singer Jewel Akens dies at 79
The Associated Press
His wife, Eddie Mae Akens, tells the Los Angeles Times ( http://lat.ms/XmXa83) that Akens died Friday from back surgery complications at an Inglewood hospital.
Akens was in a group called the Turnarounds when they were offered a song that talked about "the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees and the moon up above - and a thing called love."
Other members disliked it, so Akens recorded it solo. The song was No. 3 on Billboard's Top 100 chart in 1965 and was later covered by Dean Martin and others.
Akens never duplicated its success but performed into his 70s.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com