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Diamond Records was a record label, based in New York City, which was founded in 1961 by former Roulette Records executive Joe Kolsky.[1] Another Roulette exec, Kolsky's brother Phil Kahl, joined Kolsky in the venture the following year.[2]

History

Success for the label was slow but they got their first big hit in 1962 with "Loop de Loop" by Johnny Thunder. That record led to a distribution deal with EMI to distribute Diamond recordings on Stateside Records in the UK.[3] Diamond recordings were issued in Canada by Apex Records until roughly 1967, when a Canadian version of Diamond was set up. All releases after that had the same logo design as the U.S. releases.

In September 1962, Phil Kahl purchased 36 master recordings of Dave "Baby" Cortez from his former label, Clock Records. Kahl then set up the Emit label to release these recordings, with Diamond distributing the records. However, the label folded after only four single releases. [4]

In August 1963, Del Shannon's relationship with his managers and Bigtop Records had soured, so he formed his own label, Berlee Records, named after his parents, distributed by Diamond Records. Two singles were issued: the apparently Four Seasons–inspired "Sue's Gotta Be Mine" was a moderate hit, reaching number 71 in the U.S. and number 21 in the UK (where Shannon's records continued on the London Records label). The second single, "That's the Way Love Is", did not chart, and Shannon patched things up with his managers soon after. In early 1964, he was placed on Amy Records' (Stateside label in the UK), and the Berlee label disappeared. [5]

In addition to this label, Diamond also distributed the short-lived Inette label, scoring a minor hit with Kirby St. Romain's 1963 single "Summer's Comin'", which reached number 49. [6] [7]

The only consistent hit maker for the label was Ronnie Dove who had a string of pop and easy listening hits for Diamond from 1964 to 1969, mostly produced by Kahl.[8]

Kolsky and Kahl sold their interest in Diamond Records in 1968 to the Edwin H. Morris Corporation[9] which sold it in 1970 to Certron Corporation.[10] The Certron label folded by 1972. The fate of the Diamond catalog is unknown, but Ronnie Dove's recordings are widely available on CD.

In 1987 Dove revived the label to release a couple of singles and another album.[11] He owns all of his recordings made for the label, and has reissued them through Ronnie Dove Music and Real Gone Music.[12]

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Loop de Loop

Loop de Loop

"Loop de Loop" is a song written by Teddy Vann and Joe Dong and performed by Johnny Thunder featuring The Bobbettes. It reached No. 4 on the U.S. pop chart and No. 6 on the U.S. R&B chart in 1963. It was featured on his 1963 album Loop De Loop.

Johnny Thunder (singer)

Johnny Thunder (singer)

Gil Hamilton, known as Johnny Thunder, is an American R&B and pop singer whose biggest hit was "Loop de Loop" in 1963.

EMI

EMI

EMI Group Limited was a British transnational conglomerate founded in March 1931 in London. At the time of its break-up in 2012, it was the fourth largest business group and record label conglomerate in the music industry, and was one of the "Big Four" record companies. Its labels included EMI Records, Parlophone, Virgin Records, and Capitol Records, which are now owned by other companies.

Stateside Records

Stateside Records

Stateside Records, styled as $tateside Records, is a British record label, owned by Warner Music Group and operates through its Parlophone and Warner Records imprints. Upon creation, it initially released licensed American recordings and is now a reissue label.

Apex Records (Canada)

Apex Records (Canada)

Apex Records was a Canadian record label owned by the Compo Company which lasted as late as 1980.

Dave "Baby" Cortez

Dave "Baby" Cortez

David Cortez Clowney, known by the stage name Dave "Baby" Cortez, is an American pop and R&B organist and pianist, best known for his 1959 hit, "The Happy Organ".

Del Shannon

Del Shannon

Charles Weedon Westover, better known by his stage name Del Shannon, was an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known for his 1961 number-one Billboard hit "Runaway". In 1999, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In addition, he also had minor acting roles.

Bigtop Records

Bigtop Records

Bigtop Records was an American record label started by music executive Johnny Bienstock and the major music publisher Hill & Range Music and was co-owned along with Big Top Record Distributors (sic). Hit artists included Del Shannon, Johnny and the Hurricanes, Lou Johnson, Sammy Turner, Don Covay, Don and Juan and Toni Fisher. Big Top Record Distributors also distributed Paul Case's Dunes Records label in the early 60's, which had hits from Ray Peterson and Curtis Lee, both records produced by Phil Spector. Bell Records briefly distributed Bigtop prior to the label closing, around 1966. Bigtop also released two Mad magazine music parody themed albums; Mad Twists Rock 'n' Roll and Fink Along with Mad in 1963.

Ronnie Dove

Ronnie Dove

Ronald Eugene Dove is an American pop and country music singer-songwriter who had a string of hit pop records in the mid to late 1960s and several country chart records in the 1970s and 1980s.

Partial Artist Roster

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Ronnie Dove

Ronnie Dove

Ronald Eugene Dove is an American pop and country music singer-songwriter who had a string of hit pop records in the mid to late 1960s and several country chart records in the 1970s and 1980s.

Johnny Thunder (singer)

Johnny Thunder (singer)

Gil Hamilton, known as Johnny Thunder, is an American R&B and pop singer whose biggest hit was "Loop de Loop" in 1963.

Bobby Vinton

Bobby Vinton

Stanley Robert "Bobby" Vinton is an American former singer and occasional actor, who also hosted his own self-titled TV show in the late 1970s. As a teen idol, he became known as "The Polish Prince", as his music paid tribute to his Polish heritage. One of his most popular songs is "Blue Velvet" which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963, No. 1 in Canada, and number 2 in the UK in 1990.

The Glass Bottle

The Glass Bottle

The Glass Bottle was an American pop band fronted by Gary Criss, whose song about bitterness and heartbreak, "I Ain't Got Time Anymore", was recorded in 1970 and reached #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September 1971, and #15 in Canada. The band was co-produced by Dickie Goodman. Goodman had an advertising deal with a PR firm that was trying to save the glass industry from losing soda pop clients to plastic bottles, so Goodman and partner Bill Ramal formed a group, called them "The Glass Bottle" and produced their album. The group produced two hits, "I Ain't Got Time Anymore" and "The Girl Who Loved Me When", before breaking up and drifting into obscurity.

Dickie Goodman

Dickie Goodman

Richard Dorian Goodman, known as Dickie Goodman, was an American music and record producer born in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for inventing and using the technique of the "break-in", an early precursor to sampling, that used brief clips of popular records and songs to "answer" comedic questions posed by voice actors on his novelty records. He also wrote and produced some original material, most often heard on the B-sides of his break-in records. He died from suicide by gunshot on December 6, 1989.

Mitch Miller

Mitch Miller

Mitchell William Miller was an American choral conductor, record producer, record-industry executive, and professional oboist. He was involved in almost all aspects of the industry, particularly as a conductor and artists and repertoire (A&R) man. Miller was one of the most influential people in American popular music during the 1950s and early 1960s, both as the head of A&R at Columbia Records and as a best-selling recording artist with an NBC television series, Sing Along with Mitch. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in the early 1930s, Miller began his musical career as a player of the oboe and English horn, making numerous highly regarded classical and popular recordings.

Dickey Lee

Dickey Lee

Royden Dickey Lipscomb, known professionally as Dickey Lee, is an American pop/country singer and songwriter, best known for the 1960s teenage tragedy songs "Patches" and "Laurie ". He also has a number of hit songs on the country charts in the 1970s, including "Rocky" and "9,999,999 Tears", and has written or co-written songs recorded by other singers, such as "She Thinks I Still Care", "The Door Is Always Open" and "The Keeper of the Stars".

Russell Morris

Russell Morris

Russell Norman Morris is an Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist who had five Australian Top 10 singles during the late 1960s and early 1970s. On 1 July 2008, the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) recognised Morris' status when he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

The Bobbettes

The Bobbettes

The Bobbettes were an American R&B girl group who had a 1957 top 10 hit song called "Mr. Lee". The group initially existed from 1955 to 1974 and included Jannie Pought (1945–1980), Emma Pought, Reather Dixon (1944–2014), Laura Webb (1941–2001), and Helen Gathers (1942–2011).

Ruby Winters

Ruby Winters

Ruby Winters was an American soul singer: primarily recording in Nashville, Winters had several R&B hits from 1967 to 1974 but is best known for her 1977 UK Top Ten hit "I Will".

Don Varner

Don Varner

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The Mello-Kings

The Mello-Kings

The Mello-Kings were an American doo-wop group, who became popular in the late 1950s with their song, "Tonite, Tonite" (1957).

Album Discography

The label released a total of eight albums in its entire history. The first album was by Johnny Thunder and the remaining albums were all by Ronnie Dove.[11]

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Source: "Diamond Records", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond_Records.

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References
  1. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (1961-10-16). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 4. {{cite book}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (1962-01-27). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 8. {{cite book}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  3. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (1963-01-26). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 28. {{cite book}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  4. ^ https://www.45cat.com/about/emit
  5. ^ http://www.classicbands.com/shannon.html
  6. ^ https://www.45cat.com/record/nc983646us
  7. ^ https://www.45cat.com/label/inette
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn, Joel Whitburn Presents Across the Charts, the 1960s (Hal Leonard Corporation, 2008), ISBN 978-0898201758, pp. 123–124. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  9. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (1968-05-04). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 3. {{cite book}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  10. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (1970-05-30). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 3. {{cite book}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  11. ^ a b Diamond Album Discography
  12. ^ "Real Gone Music – News – Ronnie Dove". www.realgonemusic.com. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  13. ^ https://www.45cat.com/record/recordus315
  14. ^ "Diamond Album Discography".
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