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by Barry McNamara
If you know the rock ‘n’ roll song “Little Darlin’,” then you know the vocal group The Diamonds. The latest generation of that all-time classic group will present the next performance in the Maple Leaf Community Concert Series.
The Diamonds will bring their signature four-part harmony to Monmouth College’s Dahl Chapel and Auditorium at 7 p.m. Nov. 11. Tickets, both individual and memberships, are available at the Buchanan Center for the Arts, 64 Public Square.
Released in 1957, “Little Darlin'” was an instant million-selling hit and has since been dubbed “the national anthem of rock and roll.” The song went gold and led to a career that saw the group appear on American Bandstand 33 times and be inducted into both the Doo-Wop Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
“Little Darlin'” was soon followed by two more gold records, “The Stroll” and “Silhouettes.” All three were featured on soundtracks of the movie American Graffiti and the mid-1970s television hit Happy Days.
Since the release of “Little Darlin’,” The Diamonds have learned one important lesson – the durability of classic rock and roll music is as much about the future as it is about the past. As a result, the group continues to expand its audience to this day.
“We’ve been pleased to find a growing audience among all age groups,” says the band. “They love songs they can understand, remember and actually sing the words to – today, tomorrow, or even 20 years from now.”