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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.

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Full Name The Diamonds
Height 1.63 m
Parents Dimos Diamandis, Esther Diamandis
Music Songs Little Darlin, The Stroll, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, The Church Bells May Ring, Ka-Ding-Dong, She Say, Batman, Wolfman, Frankenstein or Dracula, Zip Zip, My Judge and My Jury, Walking Along, Sneaky Alligator, High Sign, One Summer Night, Where Mary Go, Smooch Me, Ev'ry Minute of the Day, Happy Years, Walkin' the Stroll, Woomai Ling, I Sho' Lawd Will, It's a Doggone Shame, You Short Changed Me, Kathy - O, Eternal Lovers, Be My Lovin' Baby, Words of Love, Don't Say Goodbye, Chimes in My Heart, Land Of Beauty, Shoo Ya Blues, Faithful and True, You Are the Limit
Albums America's Famous Song Stylists, The Stroll - 4 Original LPs Plus 17 Bonus Tracks ., The Collection 1955-1961, America's Number One Singing Stylists, Diamonds Hits, The Definitive Collection, Greatest Hits: The Diamonds Vol. 2, Pop Hits, Dance On, Bandstand Boogie!, Young in Years (Mono Version), Live, Solemnly Yours, Songs from the Old West, Diamonds- Live at the Rock 'N' Roll Palace, Sneaky Alligator (Mono Version), The Diamonds Singles File, You Baby You (Mono Version), She Say / From the Bottom of My Heart (Mono Version), The Best of The Diamonds: The Mercury Years, 25 Golden Hits, The Diamonds Greatest Hits, Little Darlin' - 50 Doo Wop Classics, Vintage Vocal Jazz / Swing No. 158 - EP: Happy Years, The Very Best: The Diamonds Vol. 1, Vintage Vocal Jazz / Swing No. 191 - EP: Little Darlin', Walking Along, The Stroll, Golden Greats - The Diamonds, Little Darlin, Greatest Hits, Walking Along (Mono Version), Silhouettes (Mono Version), Little Darling, The Diamonds: 27 Carat,The Very Best of The Diamonds, The Diamonds Tracks - Gold Legend Series, Daddy Cool (Mono Version), The Very Best: The Diamonds Vol. 2, Classics, The Stroll (Mono Version), Little Darlin' - 4 Track EP, Vintage Vocal Jazz / Swing No. 153 - EP: The Old West, Golden Hits, Vintage Vocal Jazz / Swing No. 162 - EP: Tenderly, Vintage Vocal Jazz / Swing No. 141 - EP: Passion Flower, Way Back When : Dana, Dan and The Diamonds, Doo Wop, Best of 25 Years, Walkin' the Stroll / Batman, Wolfman, Frankenstein or Dracula (Mono Version), The Complete Singles As & BS 1955-62, The Extended Play Collection - The Diamonds
Nominations Brit Award for Critics' Choice, NME Award for Hottest Woman

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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

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My Music: 50s & 60s Rock Rewind 2014 TV Movie Themselves
DTV: Pop & Rock 1984 Video Themselves

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