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The Diamonds

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Several artists uses the name The Diamonds: One from Canada, another from Norway and yet another probably from Jamaica.

1. The Diamonds (Canada). The original vocal quartet consisted of Dave Somerville, Phil Levitt, Ted Kowalski, and Bill Reed. When Kowalski and Reed left they were replaced by Californians John Felton and Evan Fischer.

In the beginning the group practiced several types of vocal styles, including four part “barber style” harmony. The Diamonds began their singing in local clubs, school functions, church socials, and anywhere they could find an audience.

They came to the attention of Coral Records, a subsidiary of Decca Records, where they covered two records, Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots ( a hit for the Cheers) b\w “Nip Sip” (a Clovers song) during the summer of 1955. Neither sold well enough to convince Coral to retain them. However, Bill Randle, an influential Cleveland deejay, liked them enough to mention their name to an executive at Mercury Records. the Diamonds signed with one of the labels that developed the market for “covers.”

The Diamonds decision to cover rhythm and blues artist was the result of economic reality: cover records sold very well in markets where the original versions wouldn’t be acceptable. Among their hits in 1956 were “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” “Church Bells May Ring,” “Love, Love, Love” and “Ka-King-Dong,” originally recorded by the Teenagers, the Willows, the Clovers, and the G-Clefs, respectively.

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  • twajjo

    I remember seeing the Diamonds when I was about 6 years old (1967) in my home town of Newton, IA and I wish I could relate this story; but I can't track my scrobbles anymore because LAT.fm sucks.

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • JustAKayee

    v lol why?

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • MallyMon

    stop going on about baby boomers!!! Thanx.

    4 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Rapture5212011

    A very talented quartet group that created good music during the 'baby boomer' generation of the 50s & 60s thereby creating many good memories. God bless~!

    29 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Lowbacca

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    14 Aug 2009 Reply
  • bowie_fan87

    <3 "She Say (Oom Dooby Doom)"

    23 Mar 2009 Reply
  • CaptureTheCat

    this is great i like

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • doctorochoa

    Takes me back to my early years. One of those memorable oldies!

    2 Aug 2008 Reply
  • flaccidfakeflan

    classic.

    21 Jul 2007 Reply

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