The Blue Diamonds (duo)

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The Blue Diamonds
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Ruud and Riem de Wolff (The Blue Diamonds)
Background information
Genres rock and roll, Country
Years active 1959-2000
Labels Decca, Philips
Past members Ruud de Wolff
Riem de Wolff
The Blue Diamonds (c. 1960–1969)

The Blue Diamonds were a Dutch 1960s rock and roll duo, best known for their million-selling chart-topping single, "Ramona". Indo (Dutch-Indonesian) brothers Ruud de Wolff (12 May 1941 – 18 December 2000) and Riem de Wolff (born 15 April 1943) founded the group shortly after immigrating to the Netherlands in 1949. They were born in Batavia (now Jakarta), Indonesia.

Early career[edit]

Called the 'Dutch Everly Brothers', The Blue Diamonds covered many Everly Brothers songs, but became famous in 1960 with their version of "Ramona", a song originally written for the 1928 film, Ramona. The song was written for promotional appearances with Dolores del Río (star of the film) but not featured in the film itself. The Blue Diamonds up-tempo version of it reached the American Billboard Hot 100 at number 72 in 1960. It sold over 250,000 copies in the Netherlands (the first record to ever do so) and over one million copies in Germany by 1961.[1]

Later career[edit]

Although their last hit was in 1971, they continued to perform together up until Ruud de Wolff died at the end of year 2000. Riem de Wolff continues to perform and release albums.


  1. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 121. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 

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