Diamonds (instrumental)

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"Diamonds"
Single by Jet Harris and Tony Meehan
B-side "Footstomp"
Released January 1963 (1963-01)
Format 45 rpm record
Genre Instrumental rock
Label Decca (F11563)[1]
Songwriter(s) Jerry Lordan[1]
Producer(s) Tony Meehan[2]
Jet Harris and Tony Meehan singles chronology
"The Man with the Golden Arm"
(1963)
"Diamonds"
(1963)
"Scarlett O'Hara"
(1963)

"Diamonds" is an instrumental composed by Jerry Lordan. In 1963, Jet Harris and Tony Meehan's recording of the piece became a number one hit in the UK Singles Chart,[3] where it spent three weeks at the top of the UK chart.[4]

Jet Harris used a Fender Jaguar electric guitar for the recording[5] and Jimmy Page played rhythm on an acoustic guitar.[citation needed]

The Shadows, without their former members Harris and Meehan, recorded "Diamonds" in 1983. In May 1963, the Ventures recorded it for their Surfin' album. [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives. p. 68. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ "DEC.254". Penumbra.co.nz. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived February 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 146. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ "Jet's Gear". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  6. ^ The Fabulous Ventures: The (Almost) Complete Discography