Legs Diamond

Legs Diamond was an American hard-rock band from San Francisco that released two albums on Mercury in 1977 and 1978, followed by six further studio albums over the subsequent two decades.

Members: Michael Prince (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Rick Sanford (lead vocals, percussion, flute, 1975-87), Jeff Poole (drums, percussion, 1975-85), Michael “Diamond” Gargano (bass, 1975-81), Roger Romeo (guitar, vocals, 1975-80), Jim May (guitar, vocals, 1980-87), Greg Chaisson (bass, 1982-84), Mike Christie (bass, 1984-87), Dusty Watson (drums, percussion, 1986), Jonathan Valen (drums, percussion, 1986-87)

Legs Diamond formed in 1975 when drummer Jeff Poole and bassist Michael Gargano decided to form a hard-rock band named after Prohibition-era bootlegger Legs Diamond, an irrepressible figure who survived multiple attempts on his life. The pair moved to Los Angeles and hired singer Rick Sanford, guitarist Roger Romeo, and keyboardist Michael Prince.

In 1976, Legs cut an album’s worth of demos, including the track “Rat Race,” included that year on a multi-artist sampler by LA radio station K-West. One night, they crashed a Kiss after-party and lured Gene Simmons to their rehearsal room. Impressed, he linked Legs with his management and invited them onto Kiss’ “Rock & Roll Over” Tour.” Legs also played support slots for Styx, Riot, Angel, The Babys, Montrose, and Golden Earring. On select LA dates, Legs were supported by an up-and-coming Van Halen. That November, Legs signed to Mercury Records.


  • Legs Diamond (1977)
  • A Diamond Is a Hard Rock (1978)
  • Fire Power (1979)
  • Out on Bail (1984)
  • Land of the Gun (1986)


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