Diamond Girl

Song: Diamond Girl (1973)

Artist: Seals and Crofts

Album: Diamond Girl (Warner Brothers)

Seals and Croft's hit Summer Breeze is a bit too saccharin for me, even from a consistently saccharin act. I mean, "blowing through the Jasmine in my mind?" Bleck. Yet, it is just as likely to show up on a 70's hit compilation as their equally big hit, Diamond Girl, a far cooler song whose opening riff you will instantly recognize.

Seals and Crofts came out of south Texas in the early 1970's and released platinum hit after platinum hit. Consisting of Jim Seals and Darrel "Dash" Crofts who had previously been with the Champs and the Dawnbreakers. They had a soft-rock mellow sound that was right at home on the airwaves at that time. While they may bear comparison to CSN, they were much softer and laid back, placed solidly in the genre which came to be known as California rock. Texas contributed two others who went on to dominate the so-called California sound, Don Henley and J.D. Souther, who joined Glen Frey to form the Eagles, managing to keep it smooth and easy but taking some of the sugar out of it, while adding a country flavor.

Listen to Seals and Crofts Greatest Hits

Seals and Crofts first two albums, the first in 1970, were released on the TA label. For their third album, with Warner Brothers, Year of Sunday, but didn't have their major breakthrough until their fourth album with its title song. Summer Breeze went to number 6 in November of 1972 and spent 18 weeks on the charts. Then came Diamond Girl, in 1973.

Diamond Girl girl rose to number 6 on the Billboard charts in July of 1973, also spending 18 weeks on the charts. The album was produced by Louie Shelton, who also worked with England Dan England Dan & John Ford Coley and a host of others on the who's who of music, including with Boz Scaggs on Lowdown.

The brother of Jim Seals, Dan, was part of another act that is likely to be found on the same '70's compilations as Seals and Croft, England Dan and John Ford Coley. They too, were sugary sweet, with hits like I'd Really Like to See You Tonight, and Nights are Forever Without You.

Listen to Diamond Girl by Seals and Crofts (Live Performance)

Album Version of Diamond Girl

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