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.
John Felten- John was born in California in 1934. He joined the Diamonds in late 1958 as a replacement for original bass singer, Bill Reed. His voice had a edge and more of a classic bass sound, as opposed to Bill’s which was smooth and darker. The difference was noticeable, but it did bring a different character to the sound of the group.John sang with the Diamonds through most of the 60s until the group was not performing any more. He attempted to launch a new version of the group in 1973, but he had to secure the permission of the group's longtime manager, Nathan Goodman. Felden led one of two touring Diamonds group into the Eighties, and was working on a new album at the time of his death. One of the musicians John hired was Gary Owens, who is now the owner and baritone singer of the current, and legal, version of the Diamonds.On May 18, 1982, John and his wife, along with the pilot and his wife, were killed in a small plane accident en route from Reno, Nevada, to Grants Pass, Oregon where Felden lived. The plane hit Mount Shasta in California.
John shown here with the Diamonds. John is seated in front. Click on photo for larger view.(Sorry, I don’t know why Mike Douglas is holding a gun to John’s head)