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The Blue Diamonds

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The Netherlands (1960 – 2000)

The Blue Diamonds were a Dutch 1960s doo-wop duo, best known for their million-selling chart-topping single, Ramona. Indo (Dutch-Indonesian) brothers Ruud de Wolff (born 12 May 1941, died December 2000) and Riem de Wolff (born 15 April 1943) founded the group shortly after immigrating to The Netherlands in 1949. They were born in Batavia (now Jakarta), Indonesia.

Called the ‘Dutch Everly Brothers’, The Blue Diamonds covered many Everly Brothers songs, but became famous in 1960 with their version of “Ramona”, a song originally written for the 1928 film, Ramona. The song was written for promotional appearances with Dolores del Río (star of the film) but not featured in the film itself. The Blue Diamonds up-tempo version of it reached the American Billboard Hot 100 at #72. It sold over 250,000 copies in the Netherlands (the first record to ever do so) and over one million copies in Germany by 1961.

Although their last hit was in 1971, they continued to perform together up until Ruud de Wolff died at the end of year 2000. Riem De Wolff continues to perform and release albums.

Soon after hitting the pop scene with “Ramona” the Blue Diamonds continue to spin off hit after hit, which include Til I Kiss You, Pretty Blue Eyes, Little Ship, Oh Carol and the English version of Kyu Sakamoto’s SUKIYAKI.

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