The Velvets are an American doowop band, best known for their hit song "I" (1954). They should not be confused with The Velvet Underground.
Zappa about The Velvets
"My folks would always bash my hand, but I kept listening to Hunter Hancock on the radio, in L.A. He was the first R&B disc jockey out there about 11 or 12 years ago.... he would play things like "I" by The Velvets. Do you remember that record? It's a slow ooo-wah song..." - Don Paulsen interviews FZ, 2 December 1966.
As a guest DJ on KPPC, Pasadena, November 1968, Zappa played their song "I" on the radio.