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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.
Tenor   Ted   Kowalski,    As   a   founding   member   of   the   Diamonds,   he brought   joy   to   the   fans   with   his   energy   and   his   love   of   singing.   Ted passed away Aug 8, 2010 as a result of continuing medical issues. Obituary
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Phil Levitt
Ted Kowalski
Dave Somerville
Bill Reed
Dave   Somerville , 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."      Dave   passed away July 14, 2015.  Obituary
Welcome To The “Original” Diamonds’ Fan Site! The most complete website on the “Original” Diamonds of the 1950s. It has been on the internet for 20 years and is updated when new content becomes available.
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The Diamonds Fan Site features a “Jukebox” that includes all of the recordings that were released to the public. They are listed alphabetically and each has a short sampling that you can listen to.
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Personnel Changes The Diamonds had four combinations out of eight different singers during their recording contract with Mercury Records.  Listed below are the gentlemen that took the positions of the original four as they left the group.
This is a fan site of the "Original" Diamonds Singing Quartet 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: Stan Fisher, Phil Levitt, Ted Kowalski, Bill Reed, and Dave Somerville. Other contributors: Ric Tester. Two latter members of the Diamonds;  Mike Douglas and Evan Fisher. 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.
Mike   Douglas    -   Baritone:      In   mid-1957,      Mike   took   over   the   position   of   baritone   and   was   the   groups   first personell   change.   He   was   a   friend   of   Bill   and   Ted,   and   sang   with   them   in   the   earlier   days.   The   change   did not   vary   the   sound   of   the   Diamonds.   He   also   picked   up   two   gold   recordings   with   the   group:   “The   Stroll” and “Silhouettes”. Mike was killed in an auto accident in 2012.
John   Felten    -   Bass:      John   was   hired   to   sing   bass   at   the   departure   of   Bill   Reed   at   the   end   of   1958. This   was a   noticeable   change   in   the   group's   sound   because   John's   voice   had   an   edge,   compared   to   Bill's,   which was   smoother   and   darker.   This   was   particularly   noticeable   because   of   the   roll   of   the   bass   singer   in   their arrangements. John was killed in a small plane accident on May 17, 1982.
Evan   Fisher    -   Tenor:     At   the   same   time   in   1958,   Evan   was   hired   to   sing   tenor   when   Ted   left. A   good   tenor and   comic,   who   had   no   problem   wearing   a   dress   in   the   Diamonds'   club   act. After   the   Diamonds   he   teamed with   Jim   Malone   in   a   duo   act.   Was   a   founding   member   of   the   Four   Preps.   Evan   is   alive   and   well   in   the South-West of the United States.
Jim   Malone    -   Lead:      When   Dave   Somerville   left   in   1961,   Jim   was   hired   as   lead.   His   voice   was   totally different   from   Dave's   and   the   Diamonds'   signature   sound   was   all   gone,   but   they   were   still   a   good   sounding quartet. Jim passed away 2006.
Phil   Levitt,    the   original   baritone. At   University   of Toronto,   Phil   and   his friend    Stan    Fisher    met   Ted    Kowalski,    started    life    as    a    trio.   Ted recruited    his    buddy    Bill    Reed    and    the    foursome    started    singing together.   As   a   result   of   (a   combination   of)   meeting   Dave   Somerville and   Stan   Fisher’s   decision   to   stick   with   school,   Dave   became   the lead.   That   four   became   The   Diamonds   singing   group   that   we’re   all familiar with today.
Stan   Fisher   -   Sometimes   an   individual   can   be   a   founding   member   of   a   famous   singing   group   without ever   making   one   recording,   giving   any   concerts,   or   driving   one   mile   on   a   tour   with   that   group.   Such   is the   case   with   Stan   Fisher.   In   many   biographies   of   the   Diamonds,   Stan   is   mentioned   as   singing   lead, which he was, but in others, he’s left out as if he was never there. In   our   efforts   to   fill   that   hole   in   history   and   get   an   update,   here   is   a   brief   message   from   Stan.    I   thank him for his contribution to the site and allowing this intrusion into his life today. _Barry Worrell
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Bill   Reed , The   original   bass   singer.      Bill’s   smooth   bass   voice   was   the foundation   of   the   Diamonds   and   was   instrumental   in   establishing their   signature   sound.   We   are   saddened   at   his   loss,   but   rejoice   in   the privilege   of   hearing   him   sing.   Bill   passed   away   October   22,   2004.   He was 68. Obituary
Group Members - The Original Four