Hearts of Stone

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"Hearts of Stone"
Single by Otis Williams and the Charms
B-side"Who Knows"
ReleasedSeptember 1954 (1954-09)
Songwriter(s)Eddie Ray, Rudy Jackson
Otis Williams and the Charms singles chronology
"Hearts of Stone"
"Ling, Ting, Tong"

"Hearts of Stone" is an American R&B song. It was written by Eddie Ray and Rudy Jackson,[1] members of the San Bernardino, California-based rhythm and blues vocal group the Jewels (no relation to the female group the Jewels from Washington, DC) which first recorded it for the R&B label in 1954. The Jewels began as a gospel group, then became the Marbles, recording for the Lucky label out of Los Angeles. According to Johnny Torrence, leader of the Marbles/Jewels, it was taken from a song they recorded in their gospel days.[2]

"Hearts of Stone" was covered and taken to the charts in 1954 by East Coast R&B vocal group the Charms, causing the story of the Jewels' involvement to be ignored by various writers and DJs who assume the Charms' cover was the original. The Charms' version of the song went to number one on the R&B Best Sellers and number fifteen on the pop charts.[3]

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"Hearts of Stone" has also been recorded by:


  1. ^ "Hearts Of Stone, BMI". Repertoire.bmi.com. Archived from the original on 2016-02-03. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  2. ^ Dave Marsh (1999). The Heart of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made. Da Capo Press. p. 128. ISBN 0-306-80901-X.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 114.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 14th Edition: 1955-2012. Record Research. p. 306.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles - May 19, 1973" (PDF).

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