Phil Levitt

Phil Levitt played a key role in the formation of The Diamonds.

Phil, like Tedd, was a student at the University of Toronto - in his first year of Electrical Engineering. Phil was good friends with another young student at Toronto University - Stan Fisher. Stan and Phil had spent some vacation time together and apparently had been quite a hit with the girls, harmonising and singing the current hits of the day - especially "I'd Rather Die Young" (The Hilltoppers). One day - by chance as it were - Phil met up with Tedd at the university and the conversation turned to singing. Soon they had become good friends, and the trio of Phil, Stan and Tedd were on the lookout for a bass vocalist to complete the Quartet. Tedd remebered Bill Reed from the earlier rehearsals and before long, Bill was with the still unnamed group. Phil has always been a great lover of the group harmony sound, He recollects with fondness the early days of just singing for the fun of it - with each singer finding their part and working up a tight group sound. When Dave Somerville replaced Stan Fisher, it was Phil, Dave, Tedd and Bill who, through their manager Nat Goodman secured a recording contract with Coral and then Mercury.

The years that Phil was with the Diamonds yielded a rich return of Major Hits, including "Why do Fools Fall in Love?", "The Church Bells may Ring", "Love, Love Love," the two-sided hit "Ka Ding Dong"/"Soft Summer Breeze", "Little Darlin'", "Zip Zip" and "Words of Love".

During Phil's stint with The Diamonds, the group went to Hollywood and was featured in the movie The Big Beat along with Fats Domino, The Del Vikings and others. In their two memorable on screen appearances, The Diamonds performed Little Darlin' and Where Mary Go

Whilst Phil loved his music and cherished his time with The Diamonds, he tired of the touring and made a decision to return to his studies. Phil recalled that in spite of a string of chart hits to their credit, including the million selling Little Darlin', things really hadn't changed much for The Diamonds - just more gigs, more long stays away from home and too much living out of a suitcase. Phil is now retired from his vocation as a consulting electrical engineer, and in recent years has made numerous apperances with The original Diamonds.

Phil sang on the 1957 smash "Little Darlin'" - a record which has become a rock and roll classic - and he has the gold record to prove it!