I’m sure someone has already done this as a theme. Still, these are great songs, and I’m sure you can think of more. Here are some songs with the word “diamond” in the title.
- Seals and Crofts, “Diamond Girl” The title track from their 1973 album. It rose to #6 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Easy Listening chart that year, and was #40 for the year.
- Gary Lewis and The Playboys, “This Diamond Ring” Written by Al Kooper with Bob Brass and Irwin Levine in 1965. It eventually reached #1 on the Hot 100 in 1965.
- Shirley Bassey, “Diamonds Are Forever” The title track for the 1971 James Bond film. It was Dame Shirley’s second Bond theme song, the first of course being “Goldfinger.” It reached #57 on the Hot 100 and #14 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1972.
- The Beatles, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” Some clever person who hated The Beatles pointed out that the initials for this were LSD, but according to John Lennon, it was the title of a drawing that Julian had done. It appeared on 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, in a slightly more finished form than we have here.
- Marilyn Monroe, “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” From the iconic 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which starred MM and Jane Russell. Madonna “borrowed” the idea for the set and her dress for her 1985 video for “Material Girl.”
- David Bowie, “Diamond Dogs” The tite track from his 1974 album, which was the swan song for David’s Ziggy Stardust character. It was released as a single in the US, but failed to chart.
As always, I’ll take your suggestions for other “diamond” songs, and play your selections this Friday, if I get enough. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 22, 2017.