Little Darling
#2 in 1957

The Diamonds were a Canadian quartet of the 1950s and early 1960s who rose to prominence performing cover versions of songs by black musicians. The original members were: Dave Somerville - Lead, Ted Kowalski - Tenor, Phil Levitt - Baritone, and Bill Reed - Bass. In 1953, Dave Somerville was working as a sound engineer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto, Canada. One of the shows produced at the CBC was "Pick The Stars", a local talent show. He noticed three gentlemen practicing in the hallway for that show, and stopped to listen. After exchanging amenities, Somerville convinced the three that, in his opinion, they were not ready for the competition and offered to be their manager. They agreed and for the next several months, Somerville provided tutoring, and got practice time in un-occupied studios at the CBC. That Christmas, the group was to sing for a Christmas party at a local church. Since Somerville knew all the songs, he joined the group as lead. The audience reaction to the Dave Somerville led group was so tremendous, that the group that night decided to turn professional. Somerville became the permanent lead, and that was the night The Diamonds were born. Ted Kowalski died of heart disease on August 8, 2010, Bill Reed passed away on October 22, 2004, and Dave Somerville died of pancreatic cancer on July 14, 2015, The Diamonds now feature Joe Finetti (Lead) Jerry Siggins (Bass) Bobby Poynton (Tenor) and Gary Owens (Baritone).
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