Members of The Vocal Group Hall of Fame and The Doo Wop Hall of Fame, The Diamonds will be appearing at Wautoma’s McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 7th at 7:00 PM. The group had 33 appearances on American Bandstand and will be presenting their special show “Bandstand Boogie” which salutes many of the other artists who appeared on the show. Just a few of the great entertainers and genres honored will be Frankie Valli, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers, Motown, Doo-Wop, and many more. The performance is being sponsored by Silvercryst Supper Club, ACE Hardware, Grimm’s Sports Bar & Grill, River City Antiques, Collision Clinic, Weekly Timber & Pulp, and Lynda Parman & Tom Cotter at American Family Insurance.
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 group’s many other honors and accolades include: 3 Gold Records (“Silhouettes”, “The Stroll” and “Little Darlin”), and inclusion on the soundtracks for American Graffiti and Happy Days.
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, they 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.”
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 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. 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!
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.
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.
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. Besides singing, and playing saxophone and flute, Owens does much of the vocal arranging for the group. “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.”
The standing ovations and return engagements are the proof; The Diamonds have taken the Classic Rock and Roll genre to a whole new level. They truly are – a cut above!
Tickets to “The Diamonds” are available at the McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center located at 514 S. Cambridge St., Wautoma. The box office reopens January 19th, and will be open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, and from noon until the performance on February 7th. Patrons may also purchase a special dinner package for Silvercryst Supper Club along with their show tickets. Orders may be placed by phone at (920) 787-2189, or toll-free at (888) 987-2189, Visa, Discover, and MasterCard are accepted.