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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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Little Darlin’
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
“Little Darlin”
Silhouettes
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.
“Silhouettes”
The Stroll
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.
“The Stroll”
1984 Inductees in the Canadian Music H.O.F
2004 Inductee into The Vocal Group Hall OF Fame. Pictures
Awards and Halls of Fame
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. Most 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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Rockabilly Hall of Fame Greek Theater - October 7, 1995 Pictures