About the song

Ah, Little Darlin’, a doo-wop gem that shimmers even today, wouldn’t you agree? Now, for those unfamiliar with this classic tune, let’s take a little stroll down memory lane and explore the world of The Diamonds and their enduring hit.

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Formed in Calgary, Canada in the early 1950s, The Diamonds were a vocal group known for their rich harmonies and smooth blend of voices. They rose to prominence during the doo-wop era, a style characterized by its close vocal harmonies, often featuring nonsense syllables like “doo-wop” or “shoo-bop”. This genre thrived in the late 1950s and early 1960s, capturing the youthful energy and romantic sensibilities of the time.

Little Darlin’ wasn’t originally a Diamonds song, believe it or not. It was written by another doo-wop group, The Moonglows, in 1957. However, The Diamonds’ version, released in 1958, became a runaway hit, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Some music critics, like Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic, even argue that The Diamonds’ rendition is the superior version, a testament to their masterful vocal delivery [Wikipedia – Little Darlin’].

What makes Little Darlin’ so captivating? It’s a confluence of factors. The song itself is deceptively simple. The lyrics paint a picture of a lovesick narrator pleading for his “little darlin'” to return. The melody is catchy and playful, with a prominent doo-wop backing that perfectly encapsulates the genre’s spirit. But the true magic lies in The Diamonds’ performance. Their smooth, layered harmonies create a sense of longing and vulnerability that resonates with listeners. The “oohs” and “ahhs” become a character themselves, adding emotional depth to the song’s narrative.

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Little Darlin’ transcended the boundaries of its time. It became a cultural touchstone, appearing in numerous films and television shows. The song’s enduring popularity is a testament to its timeless message and undeniable charm. It’s a reminder of a simpler time, a time of innocence and heartfelt melodies. So, put on your dancing shoes and crank up the volume. Let Little Darlin’ transport you back to a golden age of doo-wop, a time when love songs were sincere and emotions poured straight from the heart.

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Lyrics

Little Darlin’ (1957)
I wish that I could take it all away, but it’s done.
We were the best of friends, everything we did was fun.
Now it’s not the same since you became cool with the in-crowd.
Now you’re ashamed of me; you want me to be like you, but I’m too proud.

Lies and deceit, it’s all around me
Lies and deceptions, two bad surroundings

I see no point, I see no end

These so called friends have let me down
And made me feel as though I would drown
My heart was broken, like a death to grieve,
These friends of mine set out to deceive.