Ah, the music business can be fickle; sometimes the public prefers a spoof to the original. Such is the case with the classic R&B doo wop song “Little Darlin’,” which was written by Maurice Williams. He was from Lancaster, South Carolina, and grew up with music in the church. He first formed a group with friends and The Junior Harmonizers became the Royal Charms and then The Gladiolas (that is, before becoming Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs, but that’s a story for another day). Besides Williams, The Gladiolas consisted of Earl Gainey, William Massey, Willie Jones, and Norman Wade. They recorded “Little Darlin'” for the Excello records label. In 1957, the song went to #11 on the R&B Chart, but only made #41 on the U.S. Pop chart. Most people know the cover by The Diamonds, but The Gladiolas’ version has nice falsetto singing and a pronounced West Indian beat.