In 1957 THE DIAMONDS released an instant million selling hit called Little Darlin’. The song continues to sell worldwide and has been dubbed “the National Anthem of Rock and Roll”. To date it has sold approximately 20 million copies. The many honors and accolades include:
3 Gold Records (Silhouettes, The Stroll and Little Darlin’)
33 appearances on American Bandstand
Soundtrack – American Graffiti
Soundtrack – Happy Days
Vocal Group Hall of Fame
Doo-Wop Hall of Fame
Through the years since the release of Little Darlin’ THE DIAMONDS have learned one important lesson—the durability of this classic rock and roll music is as much about the future as it is about the past. As a result, THE DIAMONDS continue to expand their audience to this day, performing in a variety of venues and settings worldwide. These performances include—with Symphony Orchestras, in Performing Arts Theatres and major concert halls, on cruise ships, in casinos, at county and state fairs, on tours of England, Ireland, Brazil, Chile, Korea, and Japan, for benefit concerts, corporate conventions and at nightclubs. “We’ve been pleased to find a growing audience among all age groups. They love songs they can understand, remember and actually sing the words to—today, tomorrow, or even 20 years from now.”
SEAN SOOTER - A major reason for THE DIAMONDS’ longevity as performers and entertainers lies in the diverse backgrounds of the individual members of the group. A very recent addition to the group is tenor Sean Sooter. Sean received his early performance training with the highly acclaimed national touring group, The Young Americans - performing in eight U.S. tours and as well as Japan. Sean went on to work as a featured vocalist aboard the MS Noordam with Holland America Cruise Lines. Some of his favorite production credits include various productions of Forever Plaid in Los Angeles and Orange County, CA, as well as performing with the Dapper Dans of Disneyland. Sean has served as musical director for numerous musical productions including Five Guys Named Moe, Little Shop of Horrors and Xanadu. He earned his BA in Music Education from California Baptist University and a Master of Arts degree in Education through Azusa Pacific University. Sean worked for six years as a high school music teacher before joining the Diamonds – following his dream of singing with “one of the best vocal groups in show business today.” Sean’s wide array of talents has made his addition to THE DIAMONDS’ lineup a real plus—for both the group and their loyal fans!
JERRY SIGGINS - Lead singer Jerry Siggins has accumulated some impressive credits of his own. Jerry has worked throughout the United States, Japan, and Australia as a singer and actor. He spent five summers at Jackson Hole’s Pink Garter Theater and has guest starred on The Tonight Show, Tony Orlando and Dawn, and The Love Boat. Before setting down roots as a permanent member of THE DIAMONDS in 1991, Jerry enjoyed a successful career as an actor in television commercials and was actively involved in Southern California theatre. He sang in a doo-wop group called Danny and The Dappers and was a mainstay at Disneyland and Disney World as a vocalist with The Dapper Dans vocal quartet for years.
JEFF DOLAN - The newest addition to THE DIAMONDS is bass singer Jeff Dolan. Jeff has worn many musical hats in his career -- first as a member of the sensational vocal jazz group Beachfront Property, then as the bass singer and vocal contractor for Ray Conniff, touring internationally for ten years. Jeff was a member of the Dapper Dans of Disneyland, worked as a Christmas caroler for 25 years and has appeared on over 25 CDs. He has numerous recording credits including a Grammy award and singing with the Phoenix Chorale. He has graced the musical theatre stage in both Phoenix and Southern California, and served as the artistic director of the Tucson Barbershop eXperience Chorus. But for sure, Jeff's greatest accomplishments are his kids -- Danny, Bonnie, Hayley and Claire!.
GARY OWENS - Baritone singer Gary Owens has spent the longest time as a Diamond joining forces with bass singer John Felton in 1973. A well-rounded musician, Owens learned his craft as a journeyman bass player around Los Angeles while earning his undergraduate degree in music at California State University, Long Beach. In the early 1980’s, Owens took a brief hiatus from THE DIAMONDS to complete his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Southern California. Besides singing, and playing saxophone and flute, Owens does much of the vocal arranging for THE DIAMONDS. In that capacity, he is well aware of the group’s particular effectiveness. “Our goal has always been to keep that classic Diamonds’ sound intact. Although THE DIAMONDS are four distinctive individuals,” he notes, “we have created one strong group personality. The four of us as a unit have a special chemistry, and it is that chemistry that gives us our unique identity.”
When: Friday, March 31 , 2017 • 6:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. • Where: Sims Park • Category: Music
Seating is provided • No Coolers • No Golfcarts
Lola & The Saints
LOLA FOY: ... The one and only female and the lady responsible for all those earth shaking leads and sweet, angelic high notes in the harmony.
Born in Harlem, New York...moved to the Bronx at age seven...Lola started singing professionally, in 1964...She sang lead and/or background with "The Saints", "The Twilites", "The Reasons", "The Moods", "Papa's English Muffin", "The Mood" (different than "The Moods"), Nine Pound Hammer", "Rosebud", "Reunion" (they had a hit record with "Life Is A Rock,But The Radio Rolled Me" in 1974), "Wolfbane"(heavy metal-believe it or not), "Scarlett" (she was the red head), "Stanton Anderson Band", "Back To The Future" 1989-1990, "Perfect Combination" 1991-1992 (Acapella). She appeared with "The Impalas" from 1992-2005 and recorded with them on their 1998 album, "IMPALAMANIA", while also recording steadily with "The Saints" and "The Stanton Anderson Band".
After relocating to Florida in Oct.,2005, and after a short stint with "The Crests", she has reunited with "The Saints" in the Tampa area and is enjoying every Doo Wop minute.
TOM FOY: ... Mr. Wizard...chimes in on tenor and brings his powerful voice to it's fullest potential on his many leads with "Lola & The Saints".
Tom was born in Harlem, New York, moved to the Bronx and has been singing and performing since he was thirteen. His first Doo Wop group was "The Rialtos" in 1958. He joined the Air Force in 1960 and continued to perform extensively with "The Darvons" throughout his tour of duty. He returned to New York in 1964 and formed "The Saints" while simultaneously launching a career as a recording & sound engineer. Tom has performed with so many other vocal groups including: "TheTwilites", "The Reasons", "The Moods", "Papa's English Muffin", "The Mood", "Rosebud", "Reunion", "Wolfbane", "Stanton Anderson Band", "The Capris", "Perfect Combination", "The Exquisites", " The Emotions" "The Casinos", "The Notetations", "The Impalas", and most recently "The Crests".
After relocating to Florida in Oct.,2005, he, too, has reunited with "The Saints" in the Tampa area and is looking forward to a long and happy continuation of his career.
TONY TORRE: ...Tenor vocalist extraordinaire...his leads and harmonies provide a finishing touch to every tune.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tony started singing at a very early age, which led to his impressive vocal range. In Brooklyn he performed with "The Charms" and "The Rhythm Express". In 1979 he moved to Long Island and performed with "Memories" "The Magic Moments" "The Dynamics" "The Satin Dukes" and "The Revisions". He performed as lead singer and first tenor with "Randy and The Rainbows" (featuring Randy Safuto) from 1989 thru 1999. Tony performed in all the major venues throughout the country including Atlantic City, Vegas, Madison Square Garden, Westbury Music Fair, and the Inaguration Ball for President Ronald Regan and the Summer Concert Series at the World Trade Center. After retiring in 1999 he moved to Florida and joined "The Dukes of Harmony" where he met his good friend Jim McGreevey. He later performed with "Doo Wop And Rhythm" and in 2006 he formed his own quartet "A Touch Of Class". In 2008 he received a call from his buddy asking if he would like to jam with "The Saints". Shortly after, he was asked if he would like to become a full time member.
He is currently singing lead and back up vocals with "Lola &The Saints", a group considered to be one of the very best in Florida. And the beat goes on.........
JERRY LONG: ... Mr. Bass Man...Our "Sixty Minute Man" ... holds together the bottom end with an effortless ease...all the while...with a smile...from ear to ear!!!
Born in Harlem, New York. Like most young guys, during the late 50's, Jerry started singing acapella doowop on the streetcorners, the stoops and in the hallways of Harlem with his neighborhood friends. By age 20, he had moved to the Bronx. He joined the army in 1965, was married in 1966 and was sent to Viet Nam shortly thereafter. In 1969, Jerry joined the New York City Housing Police Department. On one of his weekly visits to the 40th precinct, he encountered a group called "Street Blues" aka "The Doo-Wop Cops". Sadly, Jerry left the group in 1990 when he retired & relocated to Ocala, Florida. The remainder of Street Blues became the group now known as Milton Love and the Solitaires (Walking Along and The Angels Sang). Fast forward to 2006, Jerry joins a group of guys from The Villages who had formed the acapella group, "Harmony". They did numerous engagements in and around The Villages, and then disbanded in the early fall of 2008.
A short time later, Jerry was approached by "Lola & The Saints" to audition for bass singer of their group...he became a full member of the group a few weeks later... The rest is history. READ MORE...
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