WANT TO GO?
At the Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop
WHERE: Haddad Riverfront Park
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
INFO: 888-436-6967 or www.charlestonwvcarshow.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. --Gary Owens said joining The Diamonds was really about being in the right place at the right time.
Owens said, "It's kind of a long story. I was just getting out of college and met the bass player for The Diamonds. He'd been with the band since 1959.
"It was the early 1970s and right in the middle of 'Happy Days' and 'American Graffiti.' There was kind of a rejuvenation of the 1950s, and The Diamonds were cranking it more than they had been -- and I just happened to sneak in."
Owens has been busy ever since. He and the band perform Saturday night at Haddad Riverfront Park as part of the Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop.
"We play a couple of hundred shows a year," Owens said, then acknowledged, "Well, maybe a bit less than we used to."
The busiest part of the year for them is the winter months.