45 RPM Discography 1958-1959

1958 releases for Mercury Records

High Sign/Don't Let me Down (Chicklets)

The song "High Sign" was another "Stroll" song that was composed during a recording session. It was a medium sized hit in early 1958. "Don't Let Me Down" was originally entitled "Chicklets", but this was changed because the Wrigley chewing gum company had a product line called Chicklets - which didn't go down well with one of the sponsors of Dick Clark's American Bandstand - "Beechnut Gum".

Kathy-O/Happy Years

This was the commercial release of the theme song from the movie. The flip side, Happy Years is a "boom cha-cha-cha" easy rocker written by Clyde Otis

Kathy-O/Where Mary Go

Released in Australia only. Where Mary Go was never released on any LP or single in the US

Happy Years/Honey

Released in the US, Honey was taken from the vault of the previous year's sessions that produced the Diamonds' first album.

Walking Along / Eternal Lovers

Walking Along was a cover version of The Solitares original. Eternal Lovers was an original - a strong doo-wop ballad

1959 releases for Mercury Records

She Say (oom dooby doom )/ From the Bottom of my Heart

She Say is a very early Barry Mann composition which gave The Diamonds a sizeable hit in January 1959. The song is distinctive in that it features a high falsetto lead by Dave Somerville. The side was originally recorded without the high part, but Dave thought that the song needed something extra so he returned to the studio several hours after the session had ended and overdubbed the part. From The Bottom of My Heart is a Chuck Willis song that had been recorded by - among others - The Five Keys.

Gretchen / A Mother's Love

This was an unusual choice for a follw-up to the previous hit. "Gretchen" was a mid fifties styled swinger - faintly reminiscent of The Four Lads' "Standing on the Corner". "A Mother's Love" was a powerful ballad - arguably one of The Diamonds' best, but on this occasion, the public overlooked this one.

Sneaky Alligator/ Holding Your Hand

This is one of the the Diamonds' best non-hit records. "Alligator" was written by Clyde Otis and Willie Dixon and features a stunning tenor sax - courtesy of Plas Johnson. "Holding Your Hand" was penned by Dave Somerville and Mike Douglas - a brooding ballad of lost love. Two strong sides.

Young in Years/ The Twenty Second Day.

Not since "Kathy-O" had a Diamonds release been so rich in strings than the ballad "Young in Years". A strong side that was performed by The Diamonds on American Bandstand. The song was written by Aaron Schroder and Wally Gold. "The Tweny second Day" was The Diamonds' version of a gospel tune called "When was Jesus Born?" (....on the 25th day of December). The lyric was changed to "When's she gonna be my own?" (on the twenty second day of December). Great songs but no chart action.

Oh Carol/Believe Me

"Oh Carol" was a cover version of the Neil Sedaka hit while "Believe Me" was a cover of "The Royal Teens' original. The Disc was only released in Australia and Hong Kong. t was neither promoted nor distributed widely.

"Walkin'the Stroll" / "Batman, Wolfman, Frankenstein ofr Dracula"

"Walkin' the Stroll" was composed by Mike Douglas and Dave Somerville and was fundamentally a return to "The Stroll". It was probably a better song than "The Stroll", but by this time, the kids were dancing to something else. "Batman, Wolfman, Frankenstein or Dracula" was a great novelty number written by Roy Alfred. The release isn't too surprising since the charts had been inhabited by "Purple People eaters", "Witchdoctors" and the like, While at the movies, the shock/horror genre was doing big business.

On to 1960


High Sign