Jim Diamond (singer)
Diamond in 1985
|Birth name||James Aaron Diamond|
28 September 1951|
Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
8 October 2015 (aged 64)|
London, England, UK
|Genres||Pop rock, new wave, blue-eyed soul, synthpop|
|Labels||Bradleys, A&M, Teldec, PolyGram, Polydor, Righteous, River, Hypertension, Cherry Pop (Reissue label), Camino Records|
|Associated acts||The Method, Gully Foyle, Jade, Bandit, Bacco, PhD, Alexis Korner, Tony Banks, Steve Hackett, Snake Davis|
James Aaron Diamond (28 September 1951 – 8 October 2015) was a Scottish singer-songwriter, best known for his three Top 5 hits: "I Won't Let You Down" (1982), as the lead singer of Ph.D.; and his solo performances "I Should Have Known Better", a United Kingdom No. 1 in 1984, and "Hi Ho Silver", the theme song from Boon, which reached No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart in 1986.
Diamond was born in the Bridgeton area in the East End of Glasgow in 1951. He started his music career at the age of 15 with his own band, The Method. When aged 16, he also fronted a Glasgow band called Jade. That line-up included bassist Chris Glen who went on to play with the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, and Jim Lacey on lead guitar who later went on to join the Alan Bown Set. Jade played many pub, club and college gigs in London in 1969, playing at Brunel University, West London College in Cricklewood, The Pied Bull in Islington, West Hampstead Country Club, another college in Virginia Water and many more in 1969. They also supported the Move on their Scottish tour with The Stoics in the same year.
Alexis Korner then discovered Diamond, who spent the next couple of years as part of Korner's band. He provided additional and backing vocals on many of Korner's songs, most of which would appear on The Lost Album.
Diamond left Korner in 1976, to form Bandit. The line-up included future AC/DC member Cliff Williams. They were soon signed up by Arista Records and released a début album, Bandit, which failed to reach the chart. In 1979, Diamond was lead vocalist for a Japanese band called BACCO, whose debut album was Cha Cha Me.
Diamond married Christine Bailey (born 1951, Wellington, New Zealand) in 1978. The couple had a daughter, Sara Rosaline Diamond (b. 1978 in Hammersmith and Fulham, London), and a son, Lawrence James Diamond (b. 1984 in Hammersmith and Fulham, London).
1981 saw Diamond break into the public eye when he formed Ph.D. (Phillips, Hymas and Diamond), with pianist/keyboard player Tony Hymas and drummer Simon Phillips. They were signed by WEA Records and had a hit single with the multi-million selling "I Won't Let You Down".
Diamond contracted hepatitis and the band later decided to part ways. In 1984, he decided to go solo and was signed to A&M Records. He had a number-one hit with "I Should Have Known Better" and also was number one in Latin America. He scored another hit soon afterward with the theme song from Boon, "Hi Ho Silver". It reached No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1986. Diamond is also known for some guest vocals on two Genesis band members' solo outings, including:
- "You Call This Victory" (from the movie Starship) on the album Soundtracks by Tony Banks in 1986.
- "Days of Long Ago" on the album Darktown by Steve Hackett in 1999.
The 1999 compilation The Best of Jim Diamond compiles singles and B-sides from his short time with A&M Records.
In the late 1990s, Diamond teamed up with saxophonist Chris "Snake" Davis, known for his work with soul outfit M People. The pair were known as The Blue Shoes, but were later billed as Jim Diamond and Snake Davis.
In 2005, Diamond released his first studio album in eleven years, Souled and Healed. The singles "When You Turn" and "Blue Shoes" were released from this.
Jim Diamond's last album, City of Soul, released by Camino Records in 2011, featured among others Wet Wet Wet drummer Tommy Cunningham and Greg Kane of Hue and Cry. All proceeds from this album of soul music covers benefited the children's charity Radio Clyde Cash for Kids.
|1986||Desire for Freedom||A&M|
|1993||Jim Diamond||PolyGram / Polydor|
|1994||Sugarolly Days||Righteous / Total|
|1999||The Best of Jim Diamond||Spectrum Music|
|2005||Souled and Healed||Hypertension|
|2011||City of Soul||Camino|
Albums (As a member of Ph.D.)
|1983||Is It Safe?||WEA|
|Year||Title||B-Side / Bonus tracks||Album||UK Singles Chart
|1975||"Clean Up the City"||"Back on the Line"||Bradleys|
|1984||"I Should Have Known Better"||"Impossible Dream"||Double Crossed||# 1||A&M|
|1985||"I Sleep Alone at Night"||"Caledonia"||Double Crossed||# 72||A&M|
|1985||"Remember I Love You"||"Rock 'n' Roll"||Double Crossed||# 42||A&M|
|1986||"Hi Ho Silver"||"Hi Ho Silver" (instrumental)||Desire for Freedom||# 5||A&M|
|1986||"Young Love (Carry Me Away)"||"Blue Songs"||Desire for Freedom||# 92||A&M|
|1986||"Desire"||"Together"||Desire for Freedom||A&M|
|1986||"So Strong"||"You'll Go Crazy"||Desire for Freedom||A&M|
|1987||"Shout It Out!"||"The Message of Childwatch"||TML|
|1988||"Broadway"||"Second Chance"||Jim Diamond (1988)||Teldec|
|1988||"The Last Time"||"Miracles"||Jim Diamond (1988)||Teldec|
|1993||"Not Man Enough"||"Child's Heart" / "If You're Gonna Break My Heart"||Jim Diamond (1993)||PolyGram / Polydor|
|1994||"Sugarolly Mountains"||Sugarolly Days||Righteous / Total|
|1994||"Caledonia (Heartland)"||Sugarolly Days||Righteous / Total|
|2005||"When You Turn"||"When You Turn" (album version)" / "Rhythm of the Radio"||Souled and Healed||Hypertension|
|2006||"Blue Shoes"||"I Won't Let You Down" (live) / "Blue Shoes" (live) / "My Girl" (live)
/ "I Should Have Known Better" (live) / "Wonderful World" (live)
|Souled and Healed||Hypertension|
|2011||"Morning Glory"||City of Soul||Camino|
Charity singles featuring Jim Diamond
|Year||Song / Album|
|1985||"You'll Never Walk Alone" (with The Crowd)|
|1987||"Let It Be" (with Ferry Aid)|
|1990||"Sailing" (with Rock Against Repatriation)|
|1977||Supersonic (performing "Ohio" with Bandit)|
|1982–86||Top of the Pops (performing "I Won't Let You Down" with PhD (1982), "I Should Have Known Better" (1984), "Hi Ho Silver" (1986)|
|1985||The Keith Harris Show|
|1994||Pebble Mill (performing "I Should Have Known Better", "Skye Boat Song")|
|2001||Stars in Their Eyes (guest appearance to congratulate contestant)|
|2003||True Lives, The Real Father Ted, A Portrait of Dermot Morgan|
|2010||I Migliori Anni (performing "I Should Have Known Better" and "I Won't Let You Down")|
|2010||Concerto Dell'Epifania (performing "I Should Have Known Better")|
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 153. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Chatshow.net Chatshow.net". chatshow.net. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
- "oocities.com/SunsetStrip/Palladium". Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 2010-10-07.
- "The Gully Foyle Years". the-blindman.com. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
- Gully Foyle. the-blindman.com
- "Liner Notes "The Lost Album"". alexis-korner.net. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
- "Jim Diamond's Official Website – Biography". squarespace.com. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
- Sweeting, Adam; MacAskill, Ewen (2015-10-12). "Jim Diamond obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
- "My London: Lawrence of Citizens!". thelondonword.com. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
- City of Soul: Motown album recorded for children's charities. STV News. 15 April 2011
- "Singer-songwriter Jim Diamond dies". BBC News. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
- The Diamond Family: We are very sad to say that Jim passed away on Thursday, unexpectedly, but peacefully in his sleep. In: facebook.com/jimdiamondmusic, 10 October 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2015.