Nolan Strong and the Diablos – Fortune of Hits (1961)


In 1961, Fortune Records out of Detroit released a killer LP featuring 12 Nolan Strong and the Diablos hits, and it’s a fantastic record, start to finish.

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The back of the album calls the group a “favorite of the teenagers,” which is endearing. It’s also evidence that teens in the 50s were pretty hip, perhaps especially in Detroit, where the entire band was born and raised.

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Nolan’s upbeat songs are fun in a sweet way. Playful party jams. But his slow jams exist to shred your heart to pieces.

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Nolan Strong is one of the greats of doo-wop, and you really can’t go wrong picking up any album with his name on it. Take it from the teens. They know what’s cool.

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Dacia lives in Austin, Texas, where she writes, drinks & listens to records.

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