What was it like touring with Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, The Drifters, Buddy Holly,Paul Anka, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Roy Orbison and Fats Domino. Dave Somerville from the Diamonds tells us all about it
“Diamond” Dave Somerville was the solo lead singer on The Diamonds’ “Little Darlin’ . His vocals on these anthems have become staples of radio programming, as well as the soundtracks for movies and backgrounds for countless TV commercials. Program directors and ad agencies figure that 25 million record buyers must have been right. He´s toured with Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, The Drifters, Buddy Holly, Frankie Lymon, Paul Anka, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Knox, Eddie Cochran, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, The Del Vikings, Little Anthony, Fats Domino and LaVern Baker .
He keeps a busy schedule entertaining at concerts, recording soundtracks, performing voice-overs or dashing off a tune or two.Dave studied acting under Leonard “Mr. Spock” Nimoy and guest-starred on numerous TV shows, including the original Star Trek series as Lt. Larry Matson.
As a voice-over artist with the William Morris Agency, he has been heard on hundreds of spots for radio, television and cable.
He’s co-written the title song for Willie Nelson’s No. 1 country album, “The Troublemaker,” as well as the title song for the ABC hit television series, “The Fall Guy.” He’s performed in stage musicals and network shows from “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” to “Star Trek.” He had multiple appearances on American Bandstand, The Perry Como Show and The Steve Allen Show and played venues from Carnegie Hall to Trump’s Taj Mahal.
The Diamonds have been inducted into four musical halls of fame – the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the Doo Wop Hall of Fame, the Rockabilly Hall of Fame – and a nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Somerville’s current stage show “On The 1957 Rock & Roll Greyhound Bus”, is based on rock and roll’s first major tour. Dave tells road stories and sings the songs of a dozen pioneer jukebox giants – Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry and more.
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