Jewel Bass


Oral History Information

Jewel Bass is known for singing backup on countless Malaco recordings since 1969 and with her own band, These Days. She started singing in church, influenced by her uncles who sang in a gospel group. After joining an R&B band that toured the East Coast, she began singing for Malaco Records in Jackson, Mississippi. Over the years, she recorded with Bobby Bland, Johnny Taylor and Benny Latimore. Along the way she recorded on her own to great success with such hits as “Mr. Big Stuff” in 1972 and “Sugar Britches,” which was recorded in 1976. Since the 1990s, she has toured the world with her own band, These Days. Among the fan favorite songs, often requested at their concerts is “Let Your Love Rain Down On Me,” which Jewel originally recorded in 1979.