The Gladiolas featured the man who wrote "Little Darling", Maurice Williams. The tune hit the top twenty on the R&B charts in 1957. Within a couple of years the musicians became known as Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs (Maurice Williams, Henry Gatson, Wiley Bennett, Willie Morrow, Albert Hill and Charles Thomas). They recorded one of the shortest rock songs in history, "Stay".

The Diamonds (Dave Somerville, Ted Kowalski, Phil Levitt and Bill Reed) better cover called "Little Darlin'" came a few months later and achieved the number two spot on Billboard. "Diamond" Dave Somerville toured into his eighties.