||Brian Diamond & the Exit band|
creating a biography of a very talented man was never going to be
Brian has a unique voice, and an ability to write lyrics which pose questions of those who hear them.
His career started in a Skiffle group known as the "Side Kicks" (1959 - 1960). Personnel
Alan Rose (vocals), Brian Dimond (rhythm guitar), Lenny Moorehouse (lead guitar), Budgie Overton (bass), Arthur Bonny (drums). see right
In 1961 he joined the already reasonably successful John Upchurch (better known as "Earl Baron". Playing gigs in and around South London, and a 2 year stint at the Castle public house, Tooting. The line up consisted of Les Thatcher (gtr), John Poole (Bass), Alan Greenwell (drms) John UpChurch (voc), Brian (gtr/voc and Geof Gill (sax).
A dry cleaner by trade in 1963 he put this aside to go professional and formed the Cutters with Les Thatcher (gtr), John Poole (Bass), Alan Greenwell (drms) and himself vocals and rhythm guitar.
For an extensive history the reader may like to visit Harry Houben's website dedicated to Brian's early career. It deals with Brian's time with the Cutters.
There are a couple pictures here to illustrate those early years. He was quite successful, but not in the UK. Germany and Europe beckoned and in 1965 he made an appearance on German television singing his hit record - "Big Bad Wolf" (in German no less!). *The TV station - NDR in Hamburg (Norddeutscher Rundfunk Hamburg), the program was called "Die aktuelle Schaubude". It ran on Saturday night at 19:15. (*courtesy of Harry Houben).
In all between 1963/65 they released 5 records and appeared in the film "The Beauty Jungle". (see Amazon).
The group went on tour both in the UK and abroad performing and support for other stars such as Mike Sarne, Craig Douglas, Tony Orlando, Billie Davis, John Leyton. Johnny Thunder, the Caravelles and Millie until about 1969 when the Cutters broke up.
Brian started Exit in 1973, by the time I had joined him, Doug Higgins (drums) was already there. Lead guitarist Les Thatcher was becoming busy with professional work. At this point Brian was seeking to pull together various reliable musicians, hence the various musicians found in these pages.
Exit in the early years played clubs, pubs and hotels playing pop covers, middle of the road and dance music. One of most frequent venues was the Russ Hill Hotel, Gatwick. (see right). During the following years hotels, civic centers became the main stay our time. together spanned some 25 years in all.in total; Brian retired - well sort of. In 2012 he returned to writing lyrics in collaboration with some of the members of Exit, the aim of producing a new CD. (A work in progress).In 2013 Brian was approached by the French film company (Mille et Une) for the use of his song "Shake, Shout & Go" song in their film "Our Hero's Died Tonight", which is now on release.
|The Side Kicks (1959-1961)
*Gr1 The Castle , Tooting (1959)
*Gr2 courtesy of Douglas Steeds
"The Craven Club", Battersea (26/02/1960)
Earl Baron Five (1960-1962)
Brian Diamond & the Cutters (1964)
Dedication - Les Thatcher (1940-1997)
Brian Diamond & The Exit
Brian Diamond and The Exit (1985) movie
Addendum - piracy!
On the 22 Sept 2014 - performing live @ Le Trokson, Lyon,
France the group "Missing Souls" performed then released
a cover version of "Shake, Shout & Go!". see player
In 2015 a US band (The Outta Sites) recorded cover version
of "Shake, Shout & Go".
(You can find versions of both on YouTube)
The shame of it is they did not ask permission first!
Brian holds the recording rights to this and other songs.
Any use should be addressed to PRS or Bonanza-Studios
whom act as Brian Diamond's agents in these matters.
NDR German Television
Brian Diamond & the Exit (1973)
Brian (2012)Brian and George (2012) movie
BackTrack at the Railway Tavern, Carshalton 23-01-2016
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