Jim Diamond

Jim Diamond (Sept. 28, 1951 — Oct. 8, 2015) was a Scottish vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Bridgetown, Glasgow, who debuted with a standalone single on Bradley’s in 1975. He then embarked on a series of band-oriented projects, starting with a 1976 album heading hard-rockers Bandit. After a brief stint with Alexis Korner, Diamond finished the decade fronting Japanese jazz-funksters Bacco. He also formed Slick Diamond with guitarist Earl Slick and drummer Carmine Appice. Though no vinyl sprung from the liaison, they did back Carmen Maki on her 1979 release Night Stalker. Diamond then teamed with keyboardist Tony Hymas and drummer Simon Phillips in the art-pop/soul trio Ph.D., which issued a popular self-titled album in 1981.

Diamond kickstarted his solo career with the 1984 single “I Should Have Known Better,” which became a huge hit in several counties (UK #1). He then released two albums on A&M in 1985/86 and a third on the German TELDEC label in 1988. During this period, he also partook in charity singles with the all-star super-projects The Crowd, Ferry Aid, and The Anti-Heroin Project.


  • “Clean Up the City” / “Back On the Line” ‎(1975)
  • Double Crossed (1985)
  • Desire for Freedom (1986)
  • Jim Diamond (1988)

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