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IF YOU DON'T REMEMBER
THE DIAMONDS -
YOU JUST
WEREN'T THERE!


The Diamonds History - Page 1


The band started in the nineteen-fifties and was originally formed by Dave Hooper,
who named the band "The Blue Diamonds". It was predominantly a skiffle group with
a tea-chest for a base and a washboard for drums. Eventually the 'Blue' was dropped
and the band was thereafter known as "The Diamonds".
Many musicians have come and gone; too many in fact to remember! Some of the
members were Milky Mason (alto sax) Glen Elgood (sax) Terry Slade (Drums) Ray
Flacke (Guitar) Dancing Dolly Diamond (bass) Jezz Loveland (bass) Dave
Greenaway (Tea-chest bass) Colin (Washboard) Vic Bailey (keyboards) Lawrey
Smith (guitar) Mick Brookes (sax and guitar) Stuart Mason (tenor sax) Mark
(trumpet) Stuart (trumpet) Chris Hart (trumpet) Brian Oakes (drums) Colin Enticott
(bass) Jeff Prior (bass) Malc Dyne (keyboards) Mick Shilley (drums) Gordon Keene
(bass) Pete Keen(vocals) Alan David (vocals). Steve Gordon joined in the early
nineteen-sixties. [editorial note: I have pressed Steve on this and he is unable to be
more specific - sounds like a case of 'if you can remember the sixties, you weren't
there'!]

The stars that were backed by the band include:
.Del Shannon
.Cilla Black
·Dusty Springfield
·Bobby Vee
·Big Dee Irvin
·Duffy Power
·Susie Cope
·Vince Hill
·and of course The legendary P J Proby
(The Diamonds were his personal permanent band.)




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