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.
Phil Levitt:When Phil and his friend Stan Fisher met Ted Kowalski at University of Toronto, the beginnings of the Diamonds was unfolding.
Ted Kowalski:Ted was a fine tenor, brought levity, and he also brought Bill Reed. Things were falling into place.
Dave Somerville:Dave started out as “tutor-manager” for the group, but he ended up as lead singer, and the rest is history.
Stan Fisher: Before the Diamonds wereknown as the Diamonds, they were a newly formed quarter with Stan Fisher, Phil Levitt, Ted Kowalski, and Bill Reed
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
Biography of the Diamonds by A. Merey - 2004Interview with Dave Somerville by A. Merey - 2003 Article on Tenor Ted Kowalski by A. Merey - 2009