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.
Latest Addition To The SiteAugust 1, 2017
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
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 “Original 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 saddened at 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
The Diamonds Fan Site has just added 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.
The biography of Evan Fisher has been added to the site. Evan was hired to sing tenor at the departure of Ted Kowalsky in 1958. Evan’s biography.
Personnel ChangesThe 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 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.
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 former member of the Four Preps. Evan is alive and well in the South-West of the United States. See Biography.
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 law school, Dave became the lead. That four became The Diamonds singing group that we’re all familiar with today.