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.
The Diamonds were played a demo record of a ballad with a Hawaiian flavor called "Faithful and True". They really liked it and persuaded Mercury to let them record it. Mercury agreed, and told them that the flip side would be a cover of a song called "Little Darlin’" by The Gladiolas, led by Maurice Williams who had written it. Feburary 2, 1957, they went in to the studio for a recording session and spent a lot of time and effort working up "Faithful and True", then whipped up a version of "Little Darlin’", complete with an Ink Spots-like spoken bass solo. That evening they recorded both songs in a long, late session. The Diamonds tried to concentrate on "Faithful", while David Carroll kept them working on "Darlin’" until they had a pretty creditable version, which included what must have been a first, a Latin rhythm cowbell (David Carroll’s brainchild). The Diamonds were excited as they were sure they had a real winner with "Faithful". They went back on the road and kept an anxious eye on the charts, but were surprised when "Little Darlin’" started to chart very quickly, while "Faithful and True" was well behind. "Just wait!", they said. "Little Darlin’", of course, wound up as the big winner, reaching #2 nationally, - Phil Levitt
In September 16, 1957, Mercury released “Silhouettes”. By this time The Diamonds had their first personnel change, when Phil Levitt left in mid year. Mike Douglas was now singing baritone. “Silhouettes” reached #10 on Billboard but took a lot longer to go gold. The Rays recorded the original and I recall both versions were popular.
Later that year, December 2, 1957, “The Stroll” was released. The kids on American Bandstand were dancing to a dance called the stroll. Although there wasn’t a song by that title, Dick Clark is credited with coming up with the idea to have a song named after the dance. His instinct knew it would be a hit. Good instinct, Dick.
1957 was the Diamonds most prolific year of their recording career, rendering three certified gold recording from the 13 songs released during that period. Below are those three with a sample of each. All of their singles can be heard on the “Singles”page.Listed are also four of the Halls of Fame in which they were inducted.
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