Among the leading cover sets of the mid-’50s, the Gemstones adapted current R&B strikes into pop platinum of their very own. Hailing from Toronto, the Canadian quartet (comprising Ted Kowalski, Phil Leavitt, Expenses Reed, and Dave Somerville) authorized with Mercury in 1955 and instantly zoomed up pop play lists with addresses from the Teens’ “Why Perform Fools Fall in Like”; the Willows’ “Chapel Bells May Band”; and their biggest strike of most, a sanitized edition from the Gladiolas strike “Small Darlin’.” Fronted by David Somerville, the quartet strike with a genuine, the easy dance outing “The Stroll.” After weathering main personnel adjustments, the Gemstones notched their last strike in 1961. Somerville continued to be active like a single artist for a while, and the Diamond jewelry frequently toured the oldies picture.
|1||There's a rumor that the father of actor Tom Hanks was a member of this group, but that's not true.|
|2||Member Ted Kowalski died of heart disease on August 8, 2010, at age 79. Bill Reed died on Oct. 26, 2004, at age 68.|
|3||One of their biggest hits, "The Stroll", was written by R&B singer Brook Benton.|
|4||Baritone Phil Levitt's last name is commonly misspelled as "Leavitt".|
|5||Bass Bill Reed was chased by a bear on The Paul Winchell Show (1950).|
|6||Bass Bill Reed may have been the earliest verified performer of the "air guitar". This was in 1957 and was recorded from a live TV show and can be viewed on YouTube.|
|7||They thought the song "Faithful & True", the flip side of "Little Darlin'", would be the hit.|
|8||They credited a black gospel group, The Revelaires, out of Detroit, as the major influence on their singing.|
|9||Lead David Somerville sang the bass part on "Little Darlin'" during Bill Reed's recitation.|
|10||Performed "Little Darlin'" and "Where Mary Go" in The Big Beat (1958).|
|11||Sang the title songs for two films, Kathy O' (1958) and The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962).|
|12||Members have included David Somerville (d. 2015), Ted Kowalski (d. 2010), Phil Levitt, Bill Reed (d. 2004), Bill New, Bob Duncan, Gary Owens, Sean Sooter, Jerry Siggins, Jeff Dolan, Mike Douglas, Evan Fisher, John Felten, Glen Stetson, Steve Smith, Gary Cech, Joe Denis, Jerry Honeycutt, Jim Malone.|
|One Hit Wonderland||2012||TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode|
|Les seigneurs||2012||performer: "Little Darlin'"|
|Call the Midwife||2012||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews||2011||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|Beautiful Girls||1996||performer: "The Stroll"|
|There Goes My Baby||1994||performer: "Little Darlin'"|
|Book of Love||1990||performer: "Little Darlin"|
|Heavy Petting||1989||Documentary performer: "Little Darling"|
|Prom Night II||1987||performer: "Little Darlin'"|
|Peggy Sue Got Married||1986||performer: "The Stroll"|
|Night of the Creeps||1986||performer: "The Stroll"|
|DTV: Pop & Rock||1984||Video performer: "Little Darlin'"|
|The Loveless||1981||performer: "The Stroll"|
|The Hollywood Knights||1980||performer: "Little Darlin'"|
|American Hot Wax||1978||performer: "Little Darlin'"|
|American Graffiti||1973||writer: "Little Darlin'"|
|The Horizontal Lieutenant||1962||performer: "The Horizontal Lieutenant"|
|Kathy O'||1958||performer: "Kathy-O"|
|The Big Beat||1958||performer: "Little Darlin'"|
|The Steve Allen Plymouth Show||1957||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|The Big Beat||1958||Guest Performers|
|Magic Moments: The Best of 50's Pop||2004||TV Movie documentary||Themselves|
|Doo Wop 51||2001||TV Movie documentary||Themselves|
|All You Need Is Love||1977||TV Series documentary||Themselves|
|The Bob Braun Show||1967||TV Series||Themselves - Recording Artists|
|Top Beat||1964||TV Mini-Series||Themselves|
|New American Bandstand 1965||1957-1960||TV Series||Themselves|
|The Dick Clark Show||1958-1959||TV Series||Themselves|
|The Steve Allen Plymouth Show||1957||TV Series||Themselves-Vocal Group / Themselves - Vocal Group|
|My Music: 50s & 60s Rock Rewind||2014||TV Movie||Themselves|
|DTV: Pop & Rock||1984||Video||Themselves|
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