Released in 1952 on the Atlantic label 981
Long before the "Little Darlin'" DIAMONDS OF CANADA emerged on the music scene there was a New York City R & B group that had one of the most beautiful harmony styles around. The group began as a trio from Harlem labeling themselves the Three Aces in 1948. Harold (Sonny) Wright on lead, first tenor Myles Hardy, and bass, Daniel Stevens.
They became the Four Aces in 1951 when Ernest Ford joined, since Eight Aces already existed and a white quartet of Aces were emerging these Aces changed suits to the Four Diamonds and later to just The Diamonds.
In 1952 Sonny went solo at the Apollo amateur night contest and won. After several more wins owner Bobby Schiffman offered him a week on the bill.
Sonny told him about the group and Schiffman ran them thru an audition.
He was so impressed he gave them a weeks worth of work and took them on for management.
Their first recordings were on October 29, 1952 & "A Beggar for Your Kisses"
became there first single in December. "A Beggar" even though it had exquisite
harmony went begging for air play. (The imperfection of early `50s recording
techniques or just a rush to get the job done allowed the listener to pick up
two of the Diamonds talking at the end of "Beggar" before the machine was turned
off, and the record was pressed that way.)