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Awards: 1984: Received the Juno Award from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. 2004: Inducted into the Vocal Group of Fame. 2006: Inducted into the Doo-Wop Hall of Fame.
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The Diamonds Members: Dave Somerville Lead Ted Kowalski Tenor Phil Levitt Baritone Bill Reed Bass Origin: Toronto, Canada Date formed: 1953 Nationality: Canadian Profession: Singers - Quartet All hailing from Toronto, The Diamonds developed their singing skills locally. Their first break came with a win on the Arthur Godfrey talent show, which indirectly got them their first recording contract with Coral Records. Out of four singles, Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots was the only success, but that was only locally. With the help of their manager Nat Goodman and Cleveland DJ Bill Randall, they were signed to Mercury Records in 1956. The Diamonds were a very versatile group, however Mercury had them doing covers of black artist. Proving they could sing most anything, they were very successful at this format. Their first release for Mercury was Why Do Fools Fall in Love. This was a cover of the Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers release and was the Diamonds first of their 16 charted Billboard hits. Their biggest hit was the 1957 recording of Little Darlin which was a cover of Maurice Williams & the Gladiolas version. The Diamonds recorded several originals, notably The Stroll, which was their second biggest hit. They also recorded two complete albums and had three gold records, Little Darlin, The Stroll, and Silhouettes. The group was featured in the rock & roll movie, The Big Beat and sang the theme song for the film Kathy-O. They appeared on such television shows as, Steve Allen, Perry Como, Vic Damone, Tony Bennett, Paul Winchell, and 21 guest appearances on American Bandstand. By 1961 all original members were gone but the Diamonds still tour to this date with many member changes over the years. Milestones: 1953: Originally started as a duet, added a tenor to make a trio, and then the bass for a quartet. 1955: First recording contract with Coral records. 1956: Signed with Mercury Records. 1957: Recorded their biggest hit, Little Darlin. 1958: Appeared in the movie, The Big Beat, and sang two songs. 1958: Sang the opening theme song for the movie Kathy-O 1962: Sang the opening theme song for the movie The Horizontal Lieutenant. 2000:The Diamonds received national attention once again, when the original members were invited to sing in TJ Lubinskys PBS production of Do-Wop 51. 2004: Another live appearance in TJ Lubinskys PBS production production entitled "Magic Moments-The Best Of '50s Pop" in 2004.
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