The 1950’s Fabulous Foursome!This is a fan site of the original Diamonds of the 1950s. All hailing from Canada, they made their way to the U. S., and with their songs and energy, endeared themselves to their fans forever.
This is a fan site of the "Original" Diamonds Singing Group of the 1950s. It has been on the Internet since 1998 and is updated when new content becomes available. Information contained in this website, is the version of events as related to me by original members: Phil Levitt, Ted Kowalski, Bill Reed and Dave Somerville.Note: The bulk of the Diamonds' success came from their work in the United States, but they were one of many fine groups and artists that came from Canada.
2004 Article on the Diamonds by A. Merey.2009 Article on Tenor Ted Kowalski by A. Merey.
80 Samples of singles released by the Diamonds including the Rugolo album.
Articles and MP3 Samples
Tenor Ted Kowalski,passed away Aug 8, 2010 as a result of continuing medical issues. As a founding member of the Diamonds, he brought joy to the fans with his energy and his love of singing. Obituary
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Dave Somerville, passed away July 14, 2015. As lead singer of the Diamonds his voice defined the Diamonds’ sound. Dave started singing professionally in 1953 and continued until his death. To quote Dave, “I haven’t had a day job since 1953!” Dick Clark once said, "When you think of The Diamonds, you've got to think of Dave Somerville." Obituary
Welcome To The Diamonds’ Fan Site!The Diamonds were four young gentlemen from Canada who loved to sing. With their talent and hard work they became one of the most popular groups of the 1950s.
Bill Reed, the original bass singer, who at 68, passed away October 22, 2004. Bill's smooth bass voice was the foundation of The Diamonds and was instrumental in establishing their signature sound. We are saddenedat his loss, but rejoice in the privilege of hearing him sing.Obituary
As Dave Somerville always stated, "The Diamonds came along when pop music was morphing into Rock and Roll". One of their influences was a semi-pro Black Gospel group called the Revelaires, who taught them not to be so "square". When they auditioned for Mercury that influence must have been strong, for Mercury designated them for this new and upcoming style called Rock & Roll and a different genre called “DooWop”, which was being done by black artists but not played on "white" radio stations. (Click here for more on this subject)With a stunning lead singer, and a real bass singer, The Diamonds achieved a good similarity to their black counterparts. They showed up on R & B charts and there were those who thought they were black. Within these pages is more information than you might ever want to know about one group, but I make no apologies. I am a Fan.__Barry Worrell