Thursday, May 10, 2012

I Regret the Error

An update to our discussion below about The Diamonds and their white boy cover of "Little Darlin'.

I incorrectly attributed the original of the song to Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs (of "Stay" fame); in point of fact, "Little Darlin'" was issued under the nom de disque The Gladiolas, the group with whom Williams was toiling at the time.

Also, as you can hear, The Diamonds version is actually quite faithful to the The Gladiola's frankly over the top original; if anything, The Diamonds take on the tune seems to be quite subtly and perceptively tongue in cheek, rather than some kind of yahoo racist parody. In any case, it's a more exciting record.



steve simels said...

Note to self: Splitting hairs over obscure 50s r&b non-hits seemingly less interesting to readers than hoped.


fmcg said...

You're wrong, Steve--we're too engrossed to comment.

steve simels said...

I thank you.

J. Loslo said...

I've wondered if The Diamonds' version is the inspiration for Big Daddy's treatment of "You Don't Send Me Flowers." Perhaps my favorite Big Daddy track.

buzzbabyjesus said...

I just couldn't come up with the approprite snarky/uplifting comment in a timely fashion.