Diamonds (Herb Alpert song)

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Diamonds (Herb Alpert song) single cover.jpg
Single by Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson and Lisa Keith
from the album Keep Your Eye on Me
B-side"African Flame" "Rocket to The Moon" "Stranger on The Shore"
ReleasedMarch 14, 1987 (1987-03-14)
  • Jimmy Jam
  • Terry Lewis
Herb Alpert singles chronology
"Keep Your Eye on Me"
"Making Love in the Rain"
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"Let's Wait Awhile"
"The Pleasure Principle"

"Diamonds" is the second single by Herb Alpert from his Keep Your Eye on Me album. Released in March 1987,[1] the song features lead and background vocals by Janet Jackson and Lisa Keith.

Song information[edit]

This single marked a huge comeback for Herb Alpert. Four tracks on its parent album Keep Your Eye on Me were produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who melded Alpert's sound with their own Minneapolis funk.

Music video[edit]

In the music video Herb Alpert appears in "Bucky's" night club where the DJ eventually plays his new single. The song is a hit with the crowd and Herb and his band end up performing onstage. Meanwhile, Janet heads back to the club in a limo. Janet herself does not appear in the video---a look-alike is used for the limo scenes and the silhouette of Janet in the club. A child breaks through the look-alike's silhouette and performs as Janet.

Live performance[edit]

Janet Jackson included the song on her 2011 tour, Number Ones: Up Close and Personal and as a DJ interlude on the 2015-2016 Unbreakable World Tour.

Chart performance[edit]

"Diamonds" was a big hit in America, peaking at five on the Billboard Hot 100, and number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.[2] The single also went to number one on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play and the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales. Outside the U.S..[3] "Diamonds" was a hit in most countries like Canada and Holland but a modest hit in the UK and Australia. Its successor "Making Love in the Rain" would become a modest hit.

Track listing[edit]

  • Japan 5" CD single
  1. "Diamonds" (Cool Summer Mix) – 6:19
  2. "Diamonds" (Cool Summer Dance Mix) – 5:55
  3. "Diamonds" (Cool Summer Instrumental) – 5:27
  4. "Diamonds" (Cool Summer Dub Version) – 4:23
  5. "Diamonds" (Cool Summer 7" Edit) – 3:54
  6. "Diamonds" (dance mix) – 6:48
  7. "Diamonds" (instrumental) – 5:14
  8. "Diamonds" (Beats Dubcapella) – 3:12
  • UK 7" vinyl single
  1. "Diamonds" (edit) – 4:19
  2. "Rocket to the Moon" – 3:52
  • UK Cassette single
  1. "Diamonds" (dance mix)
  2. "Diamonds" (edit)
  3. "Diamonds" (instrumental)
  4. "Rocket to the Moon"
  • US 7" vinyl single
  1. "Diamonds" – 4:53
  2. "African Flame" – 3:58
  • Japan 7" vinyl single
  1. "Diamonds" – 4:53
  2. "Stranger on the Shore" – 2:54


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  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 29.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 19.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, NSW, Australia: Australian Chart Book. p. 16. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Diamonds". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "Italian Charts". IFPI. Retrieved February 22, 2009.
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  8. ^ "South African Divas Singles". Geo Cities. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
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  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-04. Retrieved 2014-05-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)