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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.
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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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Phil Levitt
Ted Kowalski
Dave Somerville
Bill Reed
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
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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.
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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 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 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.
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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.
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