The Diamonds – never in the rough

By SANDY JOHANSENStaff writer
Sooter’s falsetto is unmatched. 1, kicking off the Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild’s 2016-2017 benefit events schedule.Longest member of the quartet, since 1973, Gary Owens lists many credits to his musical career, including vocal arranging for the group. Owens is the troupe’s baritone and plays the saxophone and flute. He has sung on more than 25 CDs and holds numerous recording credits, including a Grammy Award.Dolan was surprised to receive a Facebook contact from Villager Robyn Johnson. He has guest starred on “The Tonight Show,” “Tony Orlando and Dawn” and “The Love Boat.” Additionally, he plays valve trombone.On tenor and alto sax, Sean Sooter performed eight U.S. and M.A., in music education, he spent six years as a high school music teacher before joining The Diamonds, following his dream of singing with “one of the best vocal groups in show business today,” said Sooter.The newest addition is bass singer and slide trombonist Jeff Dolan. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California.Lead singer Jerry Siggins has enjoyed a successful career as an actor in television commercials and was a mainstay at Disneyland and Disney World as a vocalist with The Dapper Dans quartet for many years. It is that chemistry that gives us our unique identity,” said Owens. Sunday, Dec. Earning his degrees, B.A. 4. They sang together in an a cappella group, The Madrigals. Join online at www.symphonyguild.org. Shouts of approval came from the audience. “Our goal has always been to keep that classic Diamonds’ sound intact and the four of us as a unit have a special chemistry. Classic songs like “The Stroll” and “Stop in the Name of Love” rounded out a well-planned evening of song. “Isn’t it nice to understand all the words in these songs,” said Siggins. Musical salutes were given to “Happy Days” and “American Graffiti.”The foursome was gracious as they mingled with audience members during intermission and at the end of the evening’s performance.The next Guild-sponsored concert is the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s “Christmas in the Village,” slated for 3 p.m. tours with The Young Americans and was a featured vocalist on Holland Cruise Lines. Tickets will soon be available on the Property Owners’ Association website, www.hsvticketsales.com.One of the largest guilds in the nation, HS/HSV Symphony Guild is a philanthropic organization providing support for the ASO and for music education for students in the greater Hot Springs area. They sang their original hits, bringing back fond memories as the audience rose to its feet many times in appreciation.Other musical offerings included impressive renditions of hits recorded by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Returning by popular demand to the Hot Springs Village Woodlands stage for the third time, The Diamonds performed to standing ovations Oct. Rock and roll numbers were performed to perfection. Johnson and Dolan were Lakewood High School buddies in Long Beach, Calif. Additionally, they were cast in the school’s production of the musical “Oklahoma.” Johnson invited him to stay at her home and they enjoyed sharing school memories before and after the concert.The Diamonds didn’t disappoint the Woodlands crowd when they sang their 1957 million-selling hit “Little Darlin’.” To date, the song has sold approximately 20 million copies. He toured internationally as singer and vocal contractor for Ray Conniff. “When I read the promotion piece for The Diamonds I said to myself, ‘I know that guy,’” said Johnson, referring to Dolan. Dolan served as artistic director of the Tucson Barbershop eXperience Chorus.