Tom Hanks’ Father a Member of The Diamonds-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
Emails and forum posts claim that Tom Hanks’ father was the lead singer for the popular 1950s band The Diamonds.
Tom Hanks’ father wasn’t a member of The Diamonds.
That rumor has persisted for years, but the band’s late lead singer and founder, “Diamond” Dave Somerville, was not Tom Hanks’ father.
Dave Somerville died at the age of 81 in July 2015. The singer’s obituary provides a definitive accounting of The Diamonds, and Somerville’s life, and Tom Hanks is not a part of it. Somerville had one child, a son named David Orlando, according to his obituary.
Tom Hanks’ actual father was a chef named Amos Hanks, according to his biography:
Thomas J. Hanks was born on July 9, 1956, in Concord, California. Tom was raised by Amos Mefford Hanks, a cook and restaurant manager, and Janet (Turner) Hanks, a hospital worker. His parents divorced when he was 5, and his father took him along with his three siblings, Sandra, Larry and Jim, to Reno, Nevada. Because his father was an itinerant cook, Tom had to move quite often in his childhood. The family eventually settled in Oakland, California, where Tom attended and graduated from Skyline High School in 1974.
Tom Hanks’s father wasn’t in the entertainment industry, and he wasn’t Diamond Dave Somerville.
INCREDIBLE. I DIDN’T KNOW TOM HANKS DAD WAS THE LEAD SINGER OF THE DIAMONDS WAY BACK IN 1957! THEY SOUND EXACTLY THE SAME AS THEY DID!
2 Performances 47 years apart
FYI, the lead singer of the Diamonds is also the father of TOM HANKS.
“The Diamonds” who had just launched their super hit “Little Darlin’ “. For you that are too young to remember – it was a time when the performers were happy, enjoying themselves, respecting their fans, dressed appropriately and their lyrics could be unrstood. They did not feel obligated to scream, eat the microphone, mumble inaudible lyrics or trash the set.
In 1957, The Diamonds had a hit with “Little Darlin”. 47 years later, they were requested to perform at Atlantic City … This link leads to both performances.
Watch the first one then scroll down for the new one 47 years later.