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.
Evan Fisher - Evan was born in October, 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio. His father always liked to sing, so they sang together for as long as Evan can remember. He started singing in school choirs in the fifth grade, and it was always the most enjoyable part of the day. At age 15 He and his family moved to Los Angeles, California and Evan enrolled in Hollywood High School. Of course he took choir. There he became friends with a fellow student, Bruce Belland and they decided to form a quartet for the Hollywood High talent show. They loved the Four Freshmen, and before you are a college freshman, you can go to prep school, so they named themselves the Four Preps.
The group consisted of Bruce Belland, Glen A. Larson, Ed Cobb and Evan. After graduation they did a few shows around LA with a well-known DJ by the name of Johnny Grant. Evan was not sure what he wanted to do with his life, so he decided to join the Navy. A few months later he was floating around the Pacific Ocean on the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge. One day, while listening to Armed Forces Radio, he heard the DJ say “and now, here is a big hit by Capital recording artists the Four Preps – 26 Miles”. Ouch!After leaving the Navy he worked odd jobs around LA for a while and one day got a call from the Prep’s accompanist, Lincoln Mayorga, who said that a popular group, with several big hits to their credit, was looking for a tenor. His lucky day. That began his 12 great years with the Diamonds, Mercury recording artists. The group consisted of David Somerville, the lead singer, John Felten and Mike Douglas. As with other groups, problems arise and people come and go. Dave Somerville left the group to pursue a very successful solo career and was replaced by Jim Malone, a very talented and versatile singer. Years went by and personality problems arose within the group, which made it impossible to work together. Jim and Evan decided to leave and form a duo – Fisher & Malone. they sang, did impressions, and a bit of comedy. After four years or so working night clubs all over the country, Jim had to leave because of personal problems. So, after Evan’s 16 years in the business, he felt it was time to retire and try for more stability in his life. He got the position of general manager and buyer for a men’s clothing store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Later he left for a life back in California.Once again he was fortunate to get a great job as the general manager of the world famous comedy night club, the Ice House. He met and married a wonderful woman by the name of Natalie. Then, following 18 years of working with some of America’s greatest comics, such as Tim Allen, George Lopez, David Letterman and Jay Leno, he felt it was time to retire. He and his wife retired to a small, but wonderful town in Arizona. To quote Evan: “Life is good.”