Little Darlin’ – The Diamonds

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.