Air Week: July 26-August 1, 2021
The (original R&B) Diamonds
The “Juke In The Back” takes a look at one of New York’s greatest, but almost unheard of R&B vocal groups: The Diamonds. They only got 3 singles released by Atlantic Records during 1952 and ’53 and would fade into history by 1955, but their harmonies are second to none. “Sonny” Wright’s lead baritone remains much admired as does Myles Hardy’s tenor. Hear all six of the Diamond’s known songs this week. Plus, Matt The Cat also features R&B songs about Detroit with Blind Blake, Tampa Red, John Lee Hooker and Fats Domino weighing in on the Motor City and Hastings Street, the cultural center of African-American life during the 20s to the 60s.