Ph.D. (band)

Last updated

Ph.D.
PhD Atlantic 1981.jpg
Jim Diamond and Tony Hymas, 1981.
Background information
OriginUnited Kingdom
Genres
Years active1981–1983
2006–2015
Labels Atlantic (US)
Warner Bros. (Canada)
wea
Voiceprint
Associated acts Jeff Beck
Bandit
Past members Jim Diamond
Tony Hymas
Simon Phillips

Ph.D. were a British group best known for their UK Top 10 hit "I Won't Let You Down" in April 1982, [1] although the song had been a hit the previous year throughout Europe. The band took its name from the initial letters of its three founding members' surnames; Phillips, Hymas and Diamond. The name was written as Ph.D. so as to be a visual pun on the letters denoting the degree of the same name.

Contents

Band history

Singer Jim Diamond formed the group with former Jeff Beck Group members Tony Hymas and Simon Phillips in the early 1980s. Their self-titled debut album, originally released in 1981, spawned a hit with their ballad "I Won't Let You Down" which peaked at number three in the UK Singles Chart in 1982, [1] and number five in Australia. Following the single's success the album was re-issued and finally entered the UK Albums Chart. [1]

Their music video for "Little Suzi's on the Up" was notable for being the fifth video shown on MTV's first broadcasting day, being 1 August 1981 in parts of the US.

Phillips left the group sometime during the recording of their second album; he plays drums on four tracks. Ph.D., now officially a duo of Diamond and Hymas, released their second album Is It Safe? in 1983. The first single, "I Didn't Know," failed to make the UK Top 40, but did well in Europe.

A short time later Diamond contracted hepatitis. Prevented by his illness from touring, the group disbanded.

After Ph.D.

Diamond returned some time later as a solo artist and scored a UK No. 1 single in November 1984 with "I Should Have Known Better".

Hard rock band Tesla's cover version of "Little Suzi's on the Up" (as "Little Suzi") was an American radio hit in 1986.

Hymas appeared on Diamond's self-titled 1988 album Jim Diamond .

Diamond and Hymas reformed the group as a duo in 2006.

Diamond confirmed that the two studio albums could be added to iTunes. Reissues of the first two albums were released by Voiceprint Records. The label also released Three on 2 February 2009.

Jim Diamond died on 8 October 2015, effectively dissolving the band. [2]

Band members

Discography

Studio albums

TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
UK
[3]
AUS
[4]
GER
[5]
NLD
[6]
Ph.D. 3329526
Is It Safe?
  • Released: 1983
  • Label: WEA
  • Formats: LP, cassette
Three
  • Released: 2 February 2009
  • Label: Voiceprint
  • Format: CD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles

TitleYearPeak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[3]
AUS
[7]
BEL
(FL)

[8]
FRA
[9]
GER
[5]
IRE
[10]
NLD
[6]
SWI
[11]
"Little Suzi's on the Up"1981Ph.D.
"I Won't Let You Down"1982351414312
"There's No Answer to It"
"I Didn't Know"198331Is It Safe?
"Fifth of May"
"Drive Time"2009Three
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Related Research Articles

Jim Diamond (singer) British singer

James Aaron Diamond was a Scottish singer-songwriter, best known for his three Top 5 hits: "I Won't Let You Down" (1982), as the lead singer of PhD; and his solo performances "I Should Have Known Better", a United Kingdom No. 1 in 1984, and "Hi Ho Silver", the theme song from Boon, which reached No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart in 1986.

Suzi Quatro American rock musician

Susan Kay Quatro is an American rock singer-songwriter, bass guitarist, and actress.

Fun Boy Three English new wave pop band

Fun Boy Three were an English new wave pop band, active from 1981 to 1983 and formed by singers Terry Hall, Neville Staple and Lynval Golding after they left The Specials.

Eruption were a British disco, R&B and soul recording act in the 1970s and 1980s. They are best known for their covers of Ann Peebles's "I Can't Stand the Rain" and Neil Sedaka's "One Way Ticket", which were big disco hits in 1978 and 1979, respectively.

Red Red Wine original song written and composed by Neil Diamond; first recorded by Neil Diamond

"Red Red Wine" is a song originally written, performed, and recorded by American singer Neil Diamond in 1967. It is included on Diamond's second studio album, Just for You. The lyrics are sung from the perspective of a person who finds that drinking red wine is the only way to forget his woes.

Re-Flex were an English new wave band formed in Birmingham in 1981. They are most often recognized for their hit, "The Politics of Dancing", the title track from their debut album, as well as the singles "Hurt", "Hitline", "Couldn't Stand a Day", "Praying to the Beat", "Sensitive", and "Flex It". The band broke up in 1985.

Nicholas Barry Chinn is an English songwriter and record producer. Together with Mike Chapman he had a long string of hit singles in the UK and US in the 1970s and early 1980s, including several international number-one records. The duo wrote hits for The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Mud, New World, Arrows, Racey, Smokie, Tina Turner, Huey Lewis and the News and Toni Basil.

Chris Norman English soft rock singer

Christopher Ward Norman is an English soft rock singer. Norman was the lead singer of Smokie, an English soft rock band which found success in Europe in the 1970s. "Stumblin' In", a 1978 duet with Suzi Quatro, was a big US hit.

Secret Service (band) Swedish band

Secret Service was a Swedish new wave/pop band, popular in the early 1980s.

TLC discography band discography

American R&B girl group TLC has released five studio albums, 13 compilation albums, six video albums, 25 singles, 11 promotional singles, and 24 music videos.

I Wont Let You Down (Ph.D. song) 1981 single by Ph.D.

"I Won't Let You Down" is a song by British band Ph.D., released as the second single from their eponymous debut studio album (1981). It entered the UK Singles Chart in April 1982 at number 34, peaked at number three the following month. The band consisted of Jim Diamond who was the lead vocalist, Tony Hymas on keyboards and Simon Phillips on drums. It went on to become the 23rd best-selling single of 1982 in the UK.

<i>Jim Diamond</i> (1988 album) 1988 studio album by Jim Diamond

Jim Diamond is Singer/Songwriter Jim Diamond's self-titled and third studio album. Diamond was assisted by old friends Graham Lyle and Chris Parren, who had worked with him on previous albums.

<i>Ph.D.</i> (Ph.D. album) 1981 studio album by Ph.D.

Ph.D. is the 1981 début album by the band of the same name. It was later reissued with a different cover when "I Won't Let You Down" became a hit in several countries in early 1982. The original cover was designed by Mike Payne and was the first release of his "Electrograph" artwork.
The album was reissued 3 November 2008 by Ph.D./Voiceprint Records.

<i>Is It Safe?</i> 1983 studio album by Ph.D.

Is It Safe? is the second album from Ph.D., released in 1983. It was their last album until their 2009 comeback Three. Is It Safe? was reissued by Voiceprint Records in 2010. Drummer Simon Philips had quit the band, which now consisted solely of Jim Diamond and Tony Hymas. The album's opening track, "I Didn't Know", failed to chart in Britain but was a hit across Europe.

<i>Three</i> (Ph.D. album) 2009 studio album by Ph.D.

Three is the 2009 comeback album and final release from Ph.D. It was their first album since 1983's Is It Safe?.

Anthony James Keith "Tony" Hymas is an English keyboard player, pianist, and composer.

Little Suzis on the Up 1981 song performed by Ph.D.

"Little Suzi's on the Up" is a song by British new wave group Ph.D. The song was released as the band's first single, appearing on their self-titled debut. The video for the song was notable for being the fifth music video shown during MTV's launch on 1 August 1981. It is sometimes misspelled by music video stations as Susie or Suzy. Suzi is the correct spelling.

This is the discography of Australian rock music group Little River Band. To the present they have released 16 studio albums, four live albums, five compilation albums, and 35 singles.

Jeff Beck discography artist discography

This is a select discography for Jeff Beck, the English rock guitarist who has played with numerous groups including The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group, and Beck, Bogert & Appice.

A Flock of Seagulls discography Artist discography

The following is a complete list of recordings by the English new wave band A Flock of Seagulls.

References

  1. 1 2 3 Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 414. ISBN   1-904994-10-5.
  2. "Singer-songwriter Jim Diamond dies – BBC News". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  3. 1 2 "P.H.D." Official Charts Company . Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  4. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 233. ISBN   0-646-11917-6.
  5. 1 2 Peak chart positions in Germany:
    • Ph.D.: "Ph.D. – Ph.D." (in German). Offizielle Deutsche Charts. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
    • "I Won't Let You Down": "Ph.D. – Ph.D." (in German). Offizielle Deutsche Charts. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  6. 1 2 "Discografie Ph.D." dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  7. Kent, David (2007). Australian Top 20 Book 1940–2006. Turramurra, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN   978-0-646-47665-0.
  8. "Discografie Ph.D." (in Dutch). Ultratop . Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  9. "Les Tubes de chaque Artiste commençant par P". InfoDisc (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2019.Select "PhD" from the drop-down menu and click "OK".
  10. "Search the charts". The Irish Charts. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  11. "Ph.D." hitparade.ch (in German). Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  12. "British certifications – Ph D". British Phonographic Industry . Retrieved 23 September 2019.Type Ph D in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.