The Five Diamonds

Inducted in the Delaware Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018

About the Five Diamonds

THE FIVE DIAMONDS The Original group consisted of: Leonard Griffin, Jimmy Smith, William Loper, Coleman Griffin, and Chick Lloyd. They would see each other around Wilmington and quickly discovered they all shared a love for vocal group harmony. They listened to songs of other artists and would practice with the songs of The Harptones, Medallions, and Pooki Hudson and The Spaniels. They would practice in the bathroom at Howard High, where they all attended, because the ceramics and porcelain walls provided an echo chamber effect. Their song,” Ten Commandments of Love” became an instant hit on the Treat Label out of New York City. They opened for Dee Clark, Lloyd Price, Jackie Wilson and Muddy Waters and performed at many venues. The group broke up when some members entered the Military. In 1958 The group reformed with a few new members and became “The Five Gents”. They continued to perform at many different venues and were singing R & B classics from the 50s and 60s.

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