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Album releases by The Diamonds

Full priced "concept" albums

1957 America's Number One Singing Stylists

(Dave Somerville, Tedd Kowalski, Phil Levitt, Bill Reed)

Released in April 1957, this was The Diamonds' first album - released in the wake of the tremendous success of "Little Darlin'", but not containing that song. With band arrangents by David Carrol, the album featured twelve "All new songs" which showcased The Diamonds versatility. It contained two songs that charted as singles following Little Darlin' - Words of Love and Zip Zip. This album is known among collectors as "The Diamonds white album".

 

1958 The Diamonds meet Pete Rugolo

(Dave Somerville, Tedd Kowalski, Mike Douglas, Bill Reed)

This album was a collaborative effort between The Diamonds and bandleader Pete Rugolo. It was definitely not rock and roll, but jazzy new arrangements of standards. The vocal arrangements were done by Lincoln Mayorga. Artistically, the album was very strong. It was released in both mono and stereo versions, but on this occasion the public wasn't ripping these off the shelves. The album sold moderately but was not an outstanding commercial success.

 

1960 Songs from the Old West

(Dave Somerville, Evan Fisher, Mike Douglas, John Felten)

This was a concept album arranged by Pete Rugolo and recorded in Hollywood. Once again, the album was available in both mono and stereo. Mercury clearly had set their sights on using The Diamonds to cater to the "adult" market. The album was not a great commercial success but strangely, six tracks from this album found their way onto a 1980's compilation from Japan - "Little Darlin' - The Diamonds best".

 

 

 

Side 1

Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, Baby Won't you Please come Home, The Best Things in Life are Free, Ain't Misbehavin', Until the Real Thing Comes Along, I'll Always Be in Love With You.

Side 2

Will You Still Be Mine?, Tenderly, For All We Know, One For My Baby, Lulu's Back in Town, You'll Never Walk Alone