1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The Diamonds Dave Somerville, lead, Ted Kowalski, tenor, replaced by John Felton in 1959, Phil Levitt, baritone, replaced by Michael Douglas in 1958, Bill Reed, bass, replaced by Evan Fisher in 1959
Famous POP hit single during the 50s: Little Darlin’ 1957
The Diamonds also had hits with Silhouettes and The Stroll in 1958.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1956-1961 Record Label: Mercury
In 1953, Dave Somerville, an engineer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto, met his future partners practicing for a talent show. He became their manager and then the lead singer of the group—The Diamonds. After an appearance on Arthur Godfrey’s ‘Talent Scouts,’ Mercury Records signed the group to expand their radio audience—they needed white artists to cover the recordings of black artists whose records were not played on white radio stations. The Diamonds’ first recording was Why Do Fools Fall in Love, a cover of The Teenagers’ original. Their smash hit Little Darlin’ with castanets, Spanish guitar, piano, and cowbells was originally recorded by The Gladiolas. An original song by Clyde Otis and Nancy Lee, The Stroll, was an exuberant song and photogenic dance, perfect for TV and it aired repeatedly on American Bandstand. By 1961, all original members of the group had been replaced.