Glenn Stetson

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Glenn Stetson
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Background information
Born (1940-11-12)12 November 1940
Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada
Died 22 August 2003(2003-08-22) (aged 62)
Orlando, Florida, United States
Genres Rock-n-roll, broadway, country, pop
Occupation(s) Singer, Television producer, Entertainer
Years active 1959–2000
Associated acts The Diamonds
Fred Waring
The Executives

Glenn Stetson (November 12, 1940 – August 22, 2003) was Canadian singer, concert promoter and television producer. Glenn Campbell Stetson was born in the Ottawa Valley (Ramsayville) of eastern Ontario and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. He was a lead singer with The Diamonds, whose hits included "The Stroll", "Silhouettes", and "Little Darlin'", from the late 1960s through the 1980s. He studied theater under Sir Tyrone Guthrie, and appeared in the original Broadway productions of "H.M.S Pinafore" and "Funny Girl".

In the mid-1960s, he was a featured performer for Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians. In 1968, he joined the Diamonds and helped keep their name and music alive through the 1970s and 1980s, particularly on oldies tours and TV. The Diamonds toured Australia heavily in the 1970s with Australian rock-n-roll legend Lonnie Lee. Stetson released a solo album in the 1970s entitled "Stetson Country" that was produced by Wayne Jackson of the famed Memphis Horns. He was a frequent guest on Nashville Now with host Ralph Emery.

Stetson and Richard J. "Dick" Milano (of Maggie Valley, NC) were founders of "Little Darlin's Rock-n-Roll Palace" in Kissimmee, Florida (opened in 1986, closed in 1992) which was a highly popular Orlando-area venue in the 1980s. He was co-executive producer for "Live at the Palace" (hosted by Wolfman Jack) on the Nashville Network (TNN). "Little Darlin's Rock-n-Roll Palace" and associated oldies tours revived the careers of many performers, notably Fabian, Dee Clark, Tommy Sands, The Shirelles, Danny & the Juniors, and The Tokens. He was also active in charitable fund-raising and civic organisations such as the Shriners of which he was an honorary member.

Stetson received a heart transplant in 2000 as a result of myocarditis. However, his health began to deteriorate and he died undergoing an operation on August 22, 2003 in Orlando, Florida.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single CAN Country
1979 "What Are We Doing" (with Lyoness and Judy Woodstock) 52

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