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.
Mike Douglas- Born Michael Dlugosz in 1934 in Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Toronto. He discovered quartet singing in 1953 and later changed his name to Douglas. Mike was friends with Ted Kowalski and Bill Reed and they use to sing together. In mid year of 1957, Phil Levitt decided to leave the group and Mike was a natural replacement. He fit in nicely and there was no change in the sound of the group. Mike had good run with the Diamonds, picking up two gold recordings with the group: “The Stroll” and “Silhouettes”.
Mike left the original group in 1972 but joined another group of Diamonds later in the 70s. They produced a recording call The Diamonds 1970. This group not only sang but all played instruments. That group didn’t stay together long. Later, in 1978, he got married. Then in 1981, he was a record producer for Dynasty Records in St. Petersburg, Florida. He rejoined the Diamonds in 1987, but by then another group was performing under the name. Through a complex legal tangle, the earliest Diamonds lost the right to perform under the name they made famous. He eventually had his own Diamonds, but stopped performing in 1997. He enjoyed working a booth at the Wagon Wheel Flea Market, where he sold CDs. He remained doing that until he was killed in automobile accident in 2012.(Source: Tampa Bay Times)