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"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]

Single by Jet Harris and Tony Meehan
ReleasedJanuary 1963 (1963-01)
Format45 rpm record
GenreInstrumental rock
LabelDecca (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"
"Scarlett O'Hara"

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]


  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". 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