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.
Ted Kowalski- Born May 16, 1931 / Died August 8, 2010. Before entering the University of Toronto, he worked for Odeon Theatres as a booker. It was while at U. T., he met students Phil Levitt and Stan Fisher and started singing together. Ted suggested to add a bass singer he knew and that completed their group. That singer was Bill Reed. This quartet started to get serious about their singing and a chance meeting with Dave Somerville in the hallway of the Canadian Broadcasting Co., resulted in Dave becoming the lead. Ted came up with the name Diamonds and was the tenor from 1953 to 1958, leaving to return to U. T. to get his Engineering degree.
Approximately 1974 or 75, Ted started singing with a men's group named The Invictones. About 40 members strong, this group included people from in and around the Toronto city and area. He met three other men who incidentally had the 3 different voice types, bass, baritone and lead singer. In 1980, Ted left the Invictones and with his new friends started a new group with a small band. Because the band members where so much younger than the quartet, they called themselves the Generations. From only entertaining once in a while at a hospital or such, they ended up doing gigs almost every week-end for dances, parties, and cruises through the Caribbean. It wasn't until he joined this group that anyone knew he was once, in fact, the original Diamond's tenor. This suited him fine. The Generations sang together for about 18 years. They couldn't keep up with the demands for their music because they enjoyed themselves so much kibitzing, laughing, joking and every once in a while being serious that everyone wanted them for their affairs.During that time Ted also sang with a big band "The Tom DeMoraes Big Band" which was a local group who played music from the Big Band era (Miller, Dorsey, etc.). Ted was the vocalist along with a female singer, they played for many of the City's conventions, etc.About 2001, the Generations decided to call it quits due to illness. They were, after all, in their 60's and 70's, but you wouldn't know it to hear the group. These men were really great in their presentation, etc. and Ted felt he was a lucky person to have been with them. Now days his singing has consisted of going to the various Hall's of Fame, i.e., Vocal Quartet Hall of Fame, Doo Wop Hall of Fame, Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Canadian Juno Award. This is, of course, for the Diamonds, not only Ted.Ted passed away Aug 8, 2010. Obituary See Andrew Merey 2009 article on Ted.To quote Ted:“We were Canada’s first Rock & Roll export, eager to be part of the music scene in The States. A decade after our 1957 hit “Little Darlin”, three returned Vietnam Vets told me they’d climb into the trees at night for safety and signal each other with the falsetto part I sang on that recording. (La, la la la, la la). Ah, the power of music!”