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Bill Reed

Bill Reed was the bass singer responsible for, among other things, the wonderful spoken verse in "Little Darlin'". Bill came from a very musical family. His journey towards being the Diamonds bass singer came when his father used to coach Mike, Bob and Tedd at his house. Bill even suggested a name for the group - The Boulevardiers. Bill Reed senior would always tell young Bill to "Pump that Bass" - and pump that bass he did. Bill had a very black sounding voice - so much so that listeners often thought that The Diamonds were black. Bill was a Diamond for four years - from 1955 until 1958. Bill had such rhythm in his voice, he was often dubbed "The black man in white skin" In fact Bill spent much of his time on tour keeping company with the black artists. In 1958 Bill got married - and prefering a quieter life, quit the group. Fortunately for lovers of fifties rock, Bill has left us with some wonderful contributions to popular music. His bass vocals on so many of The Diamonds hits are unsurpassed. Bill performed several times with The Diamonds during the 80's, 90s and 2000s. The original four got together in 2004 to perform in Canada - a part of a celebration when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame. Bill passed away in late 2004.

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Bill Reed