The Emeralds were originally friends from Bloom Junior High School, but by the time the group really coalesced, during the summer of 1953, some had already gone on to high school.
The members were: Cedric Cox (first tenor), Charles Godfrey (second tenor), Willis Miller (baritone), Clyde Giles (bass), and John McGue (guitar). Passing over a "bird-group" name, Charles called them the "Emeralds," after his birthstone. One day, Charles' older brother introduced them to tenor Luther Bond, who was about 17 at the time, somewhat older than the others (Charles himself was 15).
They recorded for SAVOY,FEDERAL,SHOWBOAT and IMPERIAL