The Diamonds are a Canadian vocal quartet that rose to prominence in the 1950s and early 1960s with 16 Billboard hit records. The original members were Dave Somerville (lead), Ted Kowalski (tenor), Phil Levitt (baritone), and Bill Reed (bass). They were most noted for interpreting and introducing rhythm and blues vocal group music to the wider pop music audience. Contrary to a popular myth, the father of Tom Hanks was never a member of the group.

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1955

Roles Represented in DAHR: Vocal group

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 88557 8/26/1955 Smooch me Diamonds Vocal group  
Decca 88558 8/26/1955 Be my lovin' baby Diamonds Vocal group  
Decca 88559 8/26/1955 Nip sip Diamonds Vocal group  
Decca 88560 8/26/1955 Black denim trousers and motorcycle boots Diamonds Vocal group  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Diamonds," accessed December 9, 2022,

Diamonds. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 9, 2022, from

"Diamonds." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 9 December 2022.

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