The Diamonds

Little Darlin'

Composed by Maurice Williams

Song Review by

"Little Darlin'" was written by Maurice Williams and cut by his group the Gladiolas before they metamorphosed into Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs in 1959. They may have had the first recording of the song, but they didn't have the hit with it; a white group called the Diamonds covered the song and brought it to number two on both the pop and R&B charts in the spring of 1957. The Gladiolas' version followed the cover up the charts a month later, but the Diamonds' take remained the bigger hit and, over the years, the better-known version. Normally, this would have been an outrage, but there's a reason why the Diamonds' version has sustained its popularity over the years: it's a better, fiercer recording. Both versions are good, even if they're a little silly, because it's a good doo wop song, giving each member of the quartet a lot to do. At times, the vocal phrases verge on self-parody -- the "ai-ya-yi-yai-yai-ya"'s or the "wella-wella"'s -- which may be why the Diamonds' version is superior. They don't seem particularly reverential of the song, so they're not afraid to tear into it, sometimes sending it up, sometimes singing with passion. Whether they know it or not, they wound up making a good doo wop song pretty great, with their take-no-prisoners delivery.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits: 1957 1957
Various Artists
Rhino 2:09
American Graffiti 1973
Original Soundtrack
MCA 2:10
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 11 1974
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:08
Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits 1979
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:08
Loves Highway 1984
Various Artists
Wisepack 1:59
Super Oldies of the 50's, Vol. 2 1986
Various Artists
Oldies but Goodies, Vol. 2 [Box] 1987
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:08
No Image 1988
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Rhino
45's on CD, Vol. 1 (1956-1959) 1990
Various Artists
Mercury/PolyGram
Halfway to Paradise: 50 Romantic Hits from the 50's & 60's 1990
Various Artists
Tellydisc 2:07
Eis Am Stiel, Vol. 2 1991
Original Soundtrack
Ariola
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1957 [#2] 1992
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
The Fabulous 50's, Vol. 3 1993
Various Artists
Dominion
Lipstick on Your Collar 1993
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal Distribution
Rock N Roll 1957 1993
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:06
Good Old Rock & Roll: 28 Great Hits 1994
Various Artists
Deluxe 2:09
Rock Stars on LP, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Hollywood/IMG / Hollywood 2:12
Car Trax: Rockin' in the Fast Lane 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:07
Prom Night: The 50s 1995
Various Artists
Special Music
Rock Classics, Vol. 3 [Chicago Music] 1995
Various Artists
Chicago Records Dist. 2:03
Doo Wop Classics [PGD Special Markets] 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records / PSM 2:09
Rock N Roll Stars on Stage 1995
Various Artists
Zuzazz 2:13
Whole Lot of Shakin' [K-Tel] 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:07
Only Rock 'N Roll 1955-1959: #1 Radio Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 2:09
Diamonds Collection 1996 Underground Records Inc. / Stardust Records 2:06
The Best of the Diamonds: The Mercury Years 1996 Universal Distribution / Spectrum Music
50's Rock & Roll, Vol. 2 [K-Tel] 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:07
Rockfile, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Rockfile 2:07
20th Century Rocks, Vol. 3: '50s Rock 'n Roll Whole Lot of Shakin' 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:10
Fabulous 50's [1997 Madacy Box] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:11
The Best Rock 'N' Roll Album in the World...Ever 1997
Various Artists
Virgin 2:07
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 57 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:12
Whole Lotta Rock: 1957 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 2:09
The Ultimate History of Rock 'N' Roll Collection 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:07
Then He Kissed Me 1998
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 2:56
Party Favorites [Intercontinental] 1998
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:08
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 1: Rock's Pioneers 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:10
50's Jukebox Hits [Rebound] 1998
Various Artists
Polymedia
50's Greatest Rock & Roll Hits 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:11
American Graffiti Highlights: 25th Anniversary Edition 1998
Original Soundtrack Highlights
MCA 2:07
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Vintage Hits 1998
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:09
The Best of 50's Rock 1998
Various Artists
Priority 2:09
Jukebox Hits of 1957, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Jukebox Records 2:07
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Collectables 2:08
Rock Stars on CD 1999
Various Artists
Starday Records / King 2:11
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Greatest Hits 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:09
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Image Entertainment
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-2 2000
Various Artists
Collectables 2:08
Shake, Rattle & Roll: 50's Rock 'N' Roll 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:10
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:08
Forever 50's 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:08
Rock Revival: At the Hop 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:09
New Millennium Doo Wop Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:09
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:09
Forever Gold: 50's Decade 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:11
Doo Wop Collection [Madacy 2000] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:09
60s Party Pack, 2nd Edition 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:09
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Collectables
The 50's Decade: Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:08
Doo Wop Greats 2001
Various Artists
Goldies 2:08
Forever Gold: Doo Wop 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:10
Teenagers in Love [Golden Stars] 2001
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:08
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 50's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:09
Doo Wop Favorites [Madacy] 2001
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:10
Rock 'N' Roll High, Vol. 7 [DVD] 2001
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
20th Century Rocks: '50s Rock 'N Roll - Whole Lot of Shakin' 2001
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:06
Mob Hits: Doo Wop 2001
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 2:09
Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop, Vol. 1: The Greatest Songs from Early Rock 'n' Roll 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:07
All Music Guide: Roots of Rock 2001
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 2:10
Rock 'N Roll High, Vol. 7 2001
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:37
The 50's Golden Era 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:08
American Graffiti, Vol. 2 2002
Original Soundtrack
DJ Specialist 2:06
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Doo Wop 2002
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:10
The Fabulous Fifties 2002
Various Artists
AP Music
Fifties: A Decade to Remember [3 CD] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:08
Sixties [UK Box Set] 2003
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:08
Fabulous 50's [2003 Madacy Box] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:09
Rock 'N' Roll Party Time 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:09
The Fabulous Fifties: Back to the Fifties [Time Life] 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Gold Collection: Jukebox Giants 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:09
Doo Wop Favorites [Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 2:09
Golden Era of Rock 'n' Roll: 1954-1963 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:08
Happy Days of Rock 'n' Roll 50s [Bonus DVD] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 2:09
Fabulous Fifties, Vol. 2 [WEA Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:09
Classic Hits of the 50's 2004
Various Artists
San Fran 2:08
Golden Age of American Rock 'N' Roll: Special Doo Wop 2004
Various Artists
Ace 2:09
Rock N Roll Greatest Hits in Concert 2004
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Doo Wop, Vol. 1 [Platinum] 2004
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:32
Rock & Roll's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:08
Only You [Columbia River 2004] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:08
Best Hits in Japan: Best of 50's 1955 - 59 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Fabulous 50s 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 2:08
Happy Days of Rock 'n' Roll 50s - Disc 2 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 2:09
Cruisin' Hits 2005
Various Artists
Northquest 2:08
The Only Doo-Wop Collection You'll Ever Need 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:22
Good Days: Rock N' Roll 50 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Great Men of Rock & Roll: The 50s 2005
Various Artists
Collectables 2:08
Happy Days of Rock 'n' Roll 50s 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:09
More Happy Days '50s and '60s 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:07
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Legacy
All 50's! All Hits! 2005
Various Artists
Legacy 2:08
Magic Moments: The Best of 50's Pop [DVD] 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory
Jukebox Goodies 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:08
The Ultimate Doo Wop 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:07
The 50's Decade [St. Clair] 2005
Various Artists
Gold Collection (England) 2:10
Doo Wop Era 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:08
Rock'n Roll Legends 2005
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:06
Shake Rattle & Roll: 50 Classic Rock N Roll Hits 2005
Various Artists
Sanctuary 2:09
Ultimate 16: Ultimate Doo Wop 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:07
Doo Wop: Vocal Group Greats 2005
Various Artists
TJL/Shout! Factory 2:09
No Image 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
20th Century Masters: Best of 50s Rock N Roll 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 2:08
Golden Legends: Doo Wop Legends 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:08
Moments to Remember: The Golden Hits of the 50's and 60's 2006
Various Artists
Shout! / Shout! Factory 2:07
K-Tel Presents: At the Hop 2006
Various Artists
Brentwood Records 2:10
Doo-Wop: Vocal Group Greats Live, Vol. 1 2006
Various Artists
Shout!
Stars of the 1950's 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:09
Rock N Roll of the 50s & 60s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:08
Street Corner Symphonies 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:09
Ultimate Collection: Doo Wop 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:08
50s Rock Classics: Platinum Artist Series 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:08
Forever Gold: The 50s Decade 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:11
Malt Shop Memories, Vol. 5 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:09
Best of the '50s [Madacy] 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 2:08
Rock and Roll of the 50s [Madacy 2007] 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 2:08
World of Rock 'n Roll Legends 2008
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:07
Doo Wop Love Songs 2008
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:09
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 8: 1957 2008
Various Artists
Acrobat 2:11
Malt Shop Favorites [Madacy] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:08
Rock 'N' Roll: The Essential Collection 2008
Various Artists
Avid Jazz / West End Records 2:06
Melody of Love: Great 50's Love Songs 2008
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:10
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Legacy 2:08
Best of Doo Wop [Madacy] 2008
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 2:09
Music Inspired by American Graffiti 2008
Various Artists
Not Now Music 2:07
Rock & Roll Jukebox [Madacy] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:08
Rock and Roll: 50's and 60's 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:08
Ultimate Doo Wop: Collector's Edition 2008
Various Artists
Madacy / Madacy Distribution 2:08
Drug Stores and Soda Pops: 75 Slabs of Teen 2008
Various Artists
Acrobat 2:07
Malt Shop Memories: Dancing in the Street 2008
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:08
60's #1 Hits Reunion Concert 2008
Various Artists
Well Go USA
The Ultimate Oldies But Goodies Collection: Rock Around the Clock 2008
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:09
50s Jukebox Hits 2009
Various Artists
TIP Records / Dance Street 2:07
Rock 'N' Roll & Petticoats: Hits der 50er + 60er 2009
Various Artists
Edel Records 2:08
Oldies But Goodies [Madacy] 2009
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:08
Rock 'N' Roll Love Songs 2009
Various Artists
K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 2:06
Malt Shop Favorites [Sonoma] 2010
Various Artists
Sonoma 2:08
The Ultimate Oldies But Goodies Collection 2010
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:09
Happy Days 2010
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group / Columbia River Group 2:08
Hits of the 50s & 60s 2011
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 2:09
The Cruisin' Story 1955-1960 2011
Various Artists
Not Now Music 2:09
Rock 'n' Roll Era: Rock 'n' Roll Legends 2011
Various Artists
Crimson / Crimson Productions
The  1957 British Hit Parade, Vol. 1 2011
Various Artists
Acrobat
The Cruisin' Story 1957 2011
Various Artists
One Day Music 2:09
100 Hits of the 50s [Tring]
Various Artists
Tring 2:05
2004 Induction Concerts [DVD/CD]
Various Artists
Absolute Hits of the 50's
Various Artists
Eva
America's Music Legacy: Rock 'N Roll
Various Artists
Quantum Leap
Goodtime Rock & Roll, Vol. 1 [video]
Various Artists
Greatest Hits of 1957
Various Artists
Great Voices of the Century 2:09
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 2:06
It All Started with Doo Wop
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:09
No Image
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 2:08
No Image
Various Artists
Mercury 2:05
No Image Rhino
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