The Diamonds Four were Fred Bible, Chad Jones, Wayne Youngblood, and me.
This was my first job on the road playing drums. Fred Bible was the band leader, he treated and paid me very well. For a guy in my early 20’s and single this was the dream gig. Playing drums, being paid well, staying and working in 1st class hotels, eating in restaurants, sleeping till noon, what could have been better at my age? Some of my fondest memories were with these guys like when actor Strother Martin (Cool Hand Luke) came and visited with us on a break and a TV show with Hank Aaron in Atlanta and doing a radio show with the real Minnesota Fats in St. Louis.
Sadly to say the other three are gone and we stayed friends until their passing’s in the early 2000’s.
The cities we worked in the 1 1/2 years
St. Louis, MO
Smithtown, Long Island, NY
Fort Walton Beach, FL