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    Jim Diamond

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1I Should Have Known Better lyrics
    2Not Man Enough lyrics
    Hi Ho Silver lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Sugarolly Days [2005]
    2Souled & Healed [2005]
    3Best Of Jim Diamond [2000]
    4Double Crossed [1985]
    5Desire For Freedom [1986]


    Jim Diamond (real name James Aaron Diamond) was a Scottish singer-songwriter, born on September 28, 1951 in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in Bridgetown in the East End of Glasgow, and dead on October 8, 2015 in London, England. His musical career started at 15 when he joined his first band. He spent the next seven years performing vocals for various soul and blues bands. For four of those years he toured Europe with Gully Foyle.
    At 22 he started his own 5-piece soul outfit, Bandit. Performing Jim's own compositions, they landed a recording contract with Arista. Their eponymous album Bandit received critical acclaim but was unsuccessful sales-wise.
    Jim left Bandit and joined Alexis Korner, singing with him for the next two years.
    He then moved to Los Angeles, USA, and joined guitarist Earl Slick and drummer Carmine Appice to form Slick Diamond. During this period he also did production work in Japan and wrote a film title track.
    The 80s turned out to be his most successful decade sales-wise. Returning to the UK, Jim formed Ph.D. with keyboardist Tony Hymas and drummer Simon Phillips (both of the Jeff Beck Band). Their album Ph.D. enjoyed worldwide commercial and critical success, with the single "I Won't Let You Down" becoming a multi-million Number one. The band stayed together less than two years.
    Jim returned to working solo and came back with another worldwide Number One, the ballad "I Should Have Known Better", which got him a nomination for the Ivor Novello Best Single Award. He then wrote and performed the theme tune to Central TV (UK) series Boon. "Hi Ho Silver" went to No. 5 in the UK charts. This run of mid-80s success ended with the departure of his Record Company boss, Derek Green.
    Jim continued recording, and by 1993 he had released Jim Diamond the album. Now out of print, it went straight into the UK Top 20 Album Chart on release, peaking at Number 16.
    Jim still performed solo and worked with saxophonist Snake Davis in their duo The Blue Shoes.

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