George "Bon Bon" Tunnell was the first African-American male singer to be featured regularly with a white jazz big band. He was a warm and versatile vocalist who was effective on both medium-tempo material and ballads, impressive at both interpreting lyrics and scatting. Born George Tunnell, he picked up the nickname of "Bon Bon" early in his life. He sang and played supportive piano in the 1920s in a group called "Bon Bon & His Buddies." That band unfortunately did not record and just lasted until it broke up in 1931, a casualty of the Depression. However, his next association, the Three Keys, had better success. The trio was similar in ways to the Spirits of Rhythm although not as frenetic. The Three Keys featured Bon Bon on piano, guitarist Slim Furness, and bassist Bob Pease; all three musicians also sang together. The Three Keys recorded 16 songs during 1932-1933, not only working in New York City clubs but appearing on the radio and even playing a concert at London's Palladium in September 1933.