Musician Jim Diamond dies – The Guardian

The musician Jim Diamond has died at the age of 64, it has been reported.

The Scottish singer-songwriter, whose hits included I Won’t Let You Down, I Should Have Known Better and Hi Ho Silver passed away at his home in London, the BBC reported.

Born in Glasgow’s East End, he was heavily influenced by the voices of Ray Charles and Otis Redding and joined his first band at the age of 14. He later moved to London, where he formed the band Bandit and went on to sign to Clive Davis’s Arista Records.

His family told the BBC they were deeply shocked by his sudden death. A family spokesman said: “He was a devoted family man who loved his wife, Chrissy, and his children, Sarah and Lawrence, and the music that he continued to make.

“He dedicated a lot of time over recent years to the Cash for Kids charity appeal in Scotland with his friend Sir Tom Hunter and was still active and well respected on the music scene.

“He’ll be much missed by all who knew him and everyone who loved his music and his unique voice and style.”

Diamond later went to work in Los Angeles and on his return to London formed the band Ph.D with Tony Hymas and Simon Phillips. The first single taken from Ph.D The Album, I Won’t Let You Down, went on to sell millions.

After Ph.D went their separate ways, the singer signed to A&M Records. The single I Should Have Known Better from his 1984 solo album Double Crossed went straight to No 1 and was nominated for an Ivor Novello award.

But for those in the 80s and early 90s, Diamond’s voice will forever be synonymous with the ITV show Boon, starring Michael Elphick as an ex-fireman who solves crimes while running a courier company. Hi Ho Silver was the theme song and was so popular it was released as a single in 1986.

In 2011 Diamond released soul covers project City Of Soul featuring various Scottish musicians, with all proceeds benefiting children’s charity Cash For Kids.

In his last post on his Facebook page on 28 September, the musician wrote that he had recently lost his mother. He wrote: “Sad to say I lost my mum Sarah last week people say they have the best mum in the world, I did.

“If you look up tonight and see a couple dancing on a cloud to the sound of the Count Basie big band that’s my mum and dad. As always peace to you all Jx”.