Passings: Scottish Singer Jim Diamond (1951 - 2015)

Jim Diamond, the Scottish singer/songwriter who had three top ten British hits in the mid-80's, including the number 1 I Should Have Known Better, has died at the age of 64. No cause of death has been announced.

Diamond's first played with his own band, the Method, at the age of 15 and, the next year, moved on to front the Glasgow based group Jade with Chris Glen (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band) and Jim Lacey (The Alan Bown!). After some time touring Europe with Gully Foyle, he met Alexis Korner and joined his band as a backup singer.

In 1976, Diamond became a founding member of the group Bandit with Danny McIntosh, Cliff Williams (AC/DC), James Litherland and Graham Broad (Roger Waters' band). They released one album before Diamond left to join the Japanese band BACCO and Slick Diamond with Earl Slick.

Diamond formed PhD in 1981 with Tony Hymas (Jeff Beck Group) and Simon Phillps and signed with WEA Records. Their debut album, released that same year, was not initially a hit but, the video for their first single, Little Suzi's on the Up, had the distinction of being the fifth video showed on MTV's debut day in the U.S.

In 1982, the single I Won't Let You Down from their debut went to number 3 on the British charts, reigniting sales of the album and sending it to number 33. The next year, their second album, Is It Safe?, was released but Diamond contracted hepatitis and the band broke up.

Diamond next decided to try for a solo career and hit number 1 on the British charts in 1984 with his first single, I Should Have Known Better. He followed with two minor hits before going back to number 5 in 1986 with Hi Ho Silver, the theme from the U.K. crime drama Boon.

While he never had another major hit, Diamond kept busy singing on albums for Tony Banks and Steve Hackett along with working with former M People saxophonist Chris "Snake" Davis. His last album, City of Soul, was released in 2011.

Diamond is survived by his wife, Christine, and two children.


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