The Wind (Nolan Strong & The Diablos song)

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"The Wind (song)"
Single by Nolan Strong & The Diablos
from the album Fortune of Hits: Vol. 1
B-side "Baby Be Mine"
Released 1954
Format Vinyl record (7", 45 RPM)
Recorded Fortune Records ; 1954
Genre Doo-wop, soul
Length 3:03
Label Fortune Records
Fortune 511
Producer(s) Devora Brown

"The Wind" is a 1954 doo-wop classic by the pre-Motown Detroit R&B group Nolan Strong & The Diablos. The song appears originally on the group's second 45rpm single, "The Wind / Baby Be Mine," (Fortune Records #511) [1]

The song has a unique, reverb-heavy sound and is centered on the high ethereal lead tenor voice of the band's leader, Nolan Strong.

In 2007, The Metro Times listed "The Wind" at #11 in The 100 Greatest Detroit Songs list - which was the November 11th cover story. [2]

"The Wind" was the group's only national hit, though most of the group's other hits were huge local successes in Detroit, including "Mind Over Matter" (Fortune #546, 1962), which went to #1 on local radio station play lists in 1962.

Cover versions[edit]

The Jesters reached #110 on the Billboard chart in 1960 with a cover of the song.

Mark Sultan, aka "BBQ," of King Khan & BBQ Show, recorded a version of it for an upcoming Nolan Strong tribute album titled "Daddy Rockin Strong: A Tribute to Nolan Strong & The Diablos." The vinyl LP will be released by The Wind Records and distributed by Norton Records. [3]

The late Laura Nyro covered the song live in concert and on her album "Gonna Take a Miracle."

The Chenille Sisters covered the song on their album "Mamma, I Wanna Make Rhythm."

The Calveys featuring Gino Romano, a doo-wop group, released "The Wind" on a Comma Records 45rpm (C-445).


  • Nolan Strong - Lead vocals
  • Juan Guitierrez - Tenor
  • Willie Hunter - Baritone
  • Quentin Eubanks- Bass
  • Bob "Chico" Edwards- Guitar


Nolan Strong at AMG

BBQ records 'The Wind'

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