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.
Dave Somerville - Born Oct.2, 1933 / died July 14, 2015. Dave grew up in the small town of Rockwood, Ontario, Canada. At the age of 14, he moved to Toronto and after high school entered Central Tech to study architecture. Being from a musical family, and also a very talented singer, he soon realized that architecture was not for him. He left tech school and got a position as a radio operator at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Not to neglect his singing, he studied voice under the teaching of the respected Dr. Ernesto Vinci.One day in the hallway of the C. B. C., He noticed four gentlemen practicing their singing and stopped to listen. After exchanging amenities, Dave learned they were there to enter a local show called, "Pick the Stars". After more conversation he offered to be their manager and the group accepted.
This group was Stan Fisher, Ted Kowalski, Phil Levitt, and Bill Reed. They agreed and for the next several months Dave provided tutoring and got practice time in un-occupied studios at the C.B.C. Later, the group was to sing for a party at a local church. That date conflicted with studies the of Stan Fisher, the lead singer, and Fisher decided he needed take some time off. Since Dave knew all the songs, he took Fisher’s place. The audience reaction to the Dave Somerville led group was so tremendous, the group decided that night to go professional. In another fateful decision, Fisher decided to stay in law school and not continue with the group. Dave became the permanent lead.Dave had great success with The Diamonds, spending approximately 8 years as lead. Peaking with the song “Little Darlin” that for 8 weeks, reached no. 2 on the charts. Dave has said, “It would have reached no. 1 if it hadn’t been for that danged Elvis”. With multiple appearances on American Bandstand, this good looking singer with a great voice and smile could evoke screams and sighs from many a teenage girl. In 1961, Dave left the Diamonds and went solo under the name of David Troy. He joined The Four Preps in 1967 singing bass. Somerville was the first replacement member for the Preps. In 1969 he concentrated on folk music with a former member of the Four Preps, Bruce Belland. The duo appeared in concerts, TV, and spent time as regulars on the Tim Conway Show. From 1972-74 Dave founded the group WW Fancy. In the late 80s he again sang with original members of the Diamonds on occasion. He also returned to the Four Preps, and somehow found time to organize another group call Somerville’s Diamonds.He studied acting with Leonard Nimoy and has acted in many TV shows, including Star Trek: The Original Series. (See Photo)He also co-wrote the theme song for the series, “The Fall Guy”, staring Lee Majors. But its in the recording studios where he creates his most lasting impressions. Renowned for his harmonies and incredible vocal range, he has performed in shows of Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini and Bill Cosby. When actor David Carradine recruited him during the scoring of the film "Mata Hari, he performed as a "one man" quartet. He is greatly in demand as a voice-over artist in Hollywood. In his club act, the 1957 Greyhound Bus Tour has been a crowd pleaser for some time. In more recent ventures, Somerville sang in a group called “Triple Gold”, with Jim Yester & Bruce Belland. This trio represents the groups, “The Association”, “The Four Preps”, and “The Diamonds”, singing hits from all three groups. Not to forget, he still is the lead in his original group, The Diamonds, when they get together for oldies shows. His most recent was a three year stint at the Dick Clark American Bandstand Theatre in Branson, Mo. Dave has recordings and mp3s available at Amazon.For additional information on Dave, visit his page at Wikipedia.To quote Dave:“Seen through music history’s rear view mirror, The Diamonds were the most successful white pop group of the mid 50s, however many listeners believed we were black. We showed up seven times on Billboard’s R&B charts. We were fortunate to have had cross-cultural acceptance. Our contribution to that era may be described as catalytic, in that we bridged black and white singing and styles of arrangement. During our five years recording career we sang both original and un-covered songs of a half dozen east coast groups. During the fall of 1957, we performed with Rock & Roll’s first major tour.” “Little Darlin’ is Mercury Records’ all time best seller and one of the top 100 most popular records since 1955. It’s the 6th biggest recording ever by a Canadian act. Our 2nd million seller, The Stroll, still accompanies the longest surviving line dance in recording history. We are thankful to have been recognized by four Halls Of Fame.”“Elvis was a fan (he re-recorded Little’ Darlin’). Bob Dylan and Carol King have named The Diamonds as an influence. Gratifying for 4 blue-eyed semi-virgin white guys from Toronto.”2003 Interview with Dave Somerville by A. MereyDave was inducted into the Doo Wop Music Hall of Fame Sunday, November 16, 2014 Burbank, CA Dave Somerville passed away Tuesday morning, July 14, 2015, of pancreatic cancer.See Obituary