THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………….on March 6th of 1957 The Diamonds become one of the first Canadian artists to have success in the United States when their hit “Little Darlin” reaches #2 on the Billboard Pop chart and #3 on the R&B chart. Written by Maurice Williams, lead singer of The Gladiolas. His version made the Top 50 on the R&B charts. The Gladiolas changed their name to Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs, and they charted the classic “Stay” at #1 in 1960. On the US charts, this came about as close to #1 as you could get without reaching the top spot: it stayed at #2 for 8 weeks. The Diamonds’ version followed The Gladiolas a month later. The Diamonds were soon covering Little Darlin’ successfully. Billboard ranked this version as the No. 3 song for 1957. The Diamonds’ version is generally considered a superior version (though some die hard R&B purists disdain it since it is a cover). Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine argues that the Diamonds Little Darlin’ is an unusual example of a cover being better than the original. The Doo-Wop classic peaked at #3 in the UK.